Another great round of hockey for TEM went down this weekend, with plenty of action at home! It was fantastic to hear our club song sung so many times after some stunning results.
Game of the week was the big match up of our two Women’s Metro teams, with Metro Red taking out the honours this time!
Mens Vic League 1 – TEM Vic League 1 Men started off the match-up against Casey with a fast pace and good ball movement and passing. Casey were up for the fight however and slotted home two early goals by half time, with long overhead balls a big feature of their game. After half time TEM rallied back with a lot of focus and determination, capitalising on this momentum TEM scored a goal with James Bower finishing a close range tap in. The game finished 2-1 to Casey, but a much improved performance than last week from TEM. Looking forward to a big game next week against Kew.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – Out to continue their early season form, the Reserves were up for a tough challenge against Casey. After withstanding some early pressure from Casey in the first half TEM struck through Garth Dawson to go 1-0 up. The second half started with both teams applying a lot of forward pressure, however TEM managed to eventually grind down the Casey defense to get a 2-0 win, with Alex Baer managing to finish some great chances.
Mens Pennant A – After a satisfying 3-3 draw in round 1 Pennant A were on the road early on Saturday and heading across the West Gate to sunny Altona. After warming up (in TEM brand spanking new warm up tops) the men were ready to enter the fray. Little did TEM know quite how tough a match it would turn out to be (with play stopped in the dying minutes with a blood rule). Altona were unable to capitalise on their many short corners with James ‘Shrimpo’ Shrimpton and the defence standing strong. Unfortunately, TEM were also unable to convert any of their opportunities and with much of the play heading both ways throughout the match the teams fought out a 0-0 draw.
We have Greensborough to look forward to next Saturday afternoon, where we hope to turn these two draws into a win.
Mens Metro B Red - Some lax defending and poor finishing from TEM led to a two goal deficit at half time, rapidly followed by a third. Two late goals were unable to salvage any points. Loss 3-0.
Mens Metro B Blue- TEM Metro Blue took on MCC at the State Hockey Centre. The match started with a minute silence to remember those who sacrificed themselves for our nation on Anzac day. The first few minutes of the game were fantastic with Brendan ‘Bangers’ Wilson scoring first . TEM keep applying pressure and score a second the goal of the game and the whole team were really up and about. The Metro Blue Men held their own for the rest of the first half, however in the second half started to feel the heat. MCC scored next from a major mistake in TEM defense, which gave MCC a slight chance of getting back into the game. TEM were too dominant however, scoring again to gain the 3 -1 win.
Mens Masters – This week for the TEM Men’s Masters the Over 35A had a bye, while the Over 35B lost 0-2 to Doncaster. Over 45D had an 8-0 win over MHSOB and are sitting on top of the ladder! Over 50B lost 0-3 to Southern, and the next round for 35s and 45s will be 2nd May.
Womens Premier League –TEM women started strongly for the first 20 minutes against a tough Greensborough team. TEM was bolstered by the return of Victorian U21 rep Darci Kleinschmidt and the introduction of Chilean international import Fran Flores Cariola, who were dominant in the midfield for TEMs.
TEM opened the scoring with a stunning deflection goal by Jess Lucas, however Greensborough responded quickly with a fast breakaway goal. Greensborough attacked again and were lucky to be rewarded with a second goal off a TEM defensive error.
In the second half, TEM kept up the defensive pressure, holding the score line at 2-1 until 15 minutes to go when Greensborough executed a tomahawk at the top of the circle. Final score 3-1, with TEM looking to continue their improvement next week against Doncaster.
Womens Premier League Reserves – It was a disappointing 1-0 loss to Greensborough for the reserves this week. The ladies welcomed Eugenie Rickard for her first official Reserves hit out for the season. Improving on last weeks number of short corners, TEM had opportunities up forward that they were unable to convert. Kate Joiner was putting in the hard yards before a very unlucky fall - best wishes for a speedy recovery. Greensborough scored in a short with a classy deflection. It was a hard fight but TEMs basic skills let them down. There were lots of positive coming out of the game, and the girls will continue to improve in action next week v. Doncaster.
Womens Pennant A – Women’s Pennant A landed their first win of the season!! It was a beautiful sunny 25 degree day out at the gritty turf in Mentone. The girls had a cracking first half, with plenty of pressing and great communication to see TEM tuck away a few early goals. The team’s cohesion slipped a little in the second half leading to two goals in relatively quick succession from Mentone.
Fantastic communication and hard running up front led to TEMs four field goals (which are worth two Kris ‘Bluey’ Tulloch points), one from each of the turbo-charged forward line: Emma Barham, Sonia Burman, Bridget Thakrar and Anna Clothier.
With 15 minutes to go TEM were 4-3 up, and Mentone came back at them hard. A big shout out to the awesome back line including TEM keeper Gemma Kahanoff who firmly defended about five penalty corners in a row; which made for a nail biting last 5 minutes. In the end TEM Pennant A were victorious and sung the song loud and proud – not bad for a team that has only just been promoted to Pen A!
Womens Pennant C – It was a great evening for the girls to drag themselves to Doncaster for a 5pm match on a Sunday! TEM Pennant C were plagued by injury with pulled muscles and a nasty knock on the knee from defending a corner. They were lucky that Karen Bussell was there to have a last minute run for them. But all that didn't stop the girls with a fantastic 2-0 win off of short corners. Great job by everyone and the team is looking to continue to work well together for the reminder of the season.
Womens Metro A Red and Blue–WMA Red V WMA Blue 4-2 (Combined teams report)
TEM are in a great position with two Metro teams 2016; Red & Blue. It was hard to get psyched up and fierce at the opposition, especially on such a lovely day - but what a hard fought clash from both sides it was! Both teams were out for their first win of the season and it was a competitive and energetic match. Metro Red came out firing early on and earned themselves a number of short corners. Metro Blue defended a number of them and with many shots on goals both goalies made some mighty saves. Luckily, either way, TEM would win and so to cap off the game with both teams encircled arm in arm together, and a dually ‘loud and proud’ rendition of our mighty club song resounded. Well done all!