TEM Juniors Weekly Review #2
Round 2 for the Juniors this week saw many of our teams building on the fantastic start last week. For some teams this week was their first match, as they had a bye in the first round, and it was a great chance to run out and gain some invaluable experience.
U16 Shield – The U16 Team for Round 2 was hit hard by injuries, and faced West Vic with four players missing from the Round 1 line up. Despite making much of the play in the first 30 minutes, the team were down 2-0 at the break, before making a spirited come back to win 3-2.
It has been an excellent start to the season, with some exciting and confident hockey and a great passing game coming together. Special thanks to the players who stepped up from the District team, who adapted quickly to the pace of Shield hockey and contributed greatly. Next week the team takes on Altona in the Friday night late show on H1.
U16 District – Won 5-0 as Kew forfeited! Up against Camberwell Blue this Friday at home.
U14 Girls Shield - After a bye in the first round the TEM U14 shield girls had a fantastic start to the season with a 9-1 win over local rivals Waverley. The team got off to a flying start when Camryn Bailey scored a skilful goal from the right post within the first 10 minutes. From that moment on the team never looked back. They put on an excellent display of teamwork with all players working hard and contributing to the side’s win.
Newcomers to the club Enya Talbot and Olivia Wood had very good games in the midfield and Ruby Morrisby, Stella Crawford-Rust and Sami Muir were solid down back. The highlight of the match had to be Charlotte Ritman's 4 penalty corner goals from the left post, and Enya Talbot was awarded with Hockey Victoria’s player of the match award and received a medal for her efforts.
U14 Girls Pennant – Had a 3-0 loss to Greensborough, and although the team didn’t come out on top it was a promising first game! The team showed some great teamwork and strength through the midfield, highlighting was is yet to come. The girls need to work hard at training this week to go into the next game with a bit more confidence, as they definitely have what it takes, and this week’s game against Knox is a great chance to prove it!
U14 Shield – The U14 mixed shield team travelled to Kew Box Hill Hockey Club full of confidence from the previous weeks result. TEM scored early through good linking play, with Oliver Marshall finishing with precision. However, a strong KBH team fired back quickly with two goals, leaving the half time score at 2-1.
After the restart, KBH took advantage and put in another goal, before TEM replied again through Marshall. TEM continued to fight but were overpowered by a stronger KBH team who ran out 5-2 winners on the night.
U14 District- The U14 District team are very happy that this soon in the season the team is already improving so much from one game to the other. Last Friday’s win 4 - 0 represents it, but not just only in the score but in the way this kids are playing. The players are starting to build play from 16s, setting really good presses and playing all together as a team. Of course the team still has many thing to improve on, so are looking forward to some tough trainings and keeping up the good work.
U12 Girls Shield – The girls lost 2-1 to Waverly, with plenty of goal opportunities and several short corners. However Waverly had some very good players and scored early on. With more practice on team work and improving their skills, surely a win will come soon!
U12 Shield – A much more even match was evident this weekend. TEM were eventually defeated by Powerhouse (2-3) at Footscray. The team had plenty of shots at goal, but couldn't seem to find the back of the net. A couple of break-away runs saw Powerhouse capitalise.
Regardless of the scoreline, a better defensive structure was seen by the TEM players. They look forward to playing Altona next week at the State Hockey Centre. Keep up the good work!
U12 District Tigers and Lions– The Lions and Tigers merged together this week to take on Melbourne High School. With it being the first time that many of the boys had played together (or played at all), they did exceptionally well, heading into half time 0-0. A brief lapse in the second saw the opposition sneak home 3 goals. However, the 'Ligers' didn't give up creating many more scoring opportunities showing positive signs for the rest of the season. Final score 0-3