This week was dedicated to all the ladies as it was Hockey Victoria’s Women’s Round! There was plenty of action for the women’s teams at home on H1, and although not all the results went our way, a great day was had by all.
Highlight of the week was the Vic League 1 Men’s stunning 7-0 win over La Trobe University, with plenty of goal scoring action!
Mens Vic League 1 – TEM's Men's Vic League One Team wanted to take advantage of the Women's Day Event being held at the club. After a resurgent win last week, and a big home crowd down at the club, it was the opportunity for the men to play the hockey that they have been working hard on during the week. The team came out of the blocks with great intent and created some early chances without much reward. Midway through the first half the resilient James Bower scored the first goal which was to send TEM's on their way.
Further goals followed, with a fantastic deflection from Darragh Curley into the top corner after some great build up play. TEM really started to dominate against the lowly La Trobe University Team and soon after James Hough hit the post, Tom Casey finished off a simple tap in after some great passing between the TEM forwards. TEM came out in the second half maintaining the same intensity as the first half had been played and further goals followed.
Will (Goal Machine) Harty scored off two short corners, finding the inside of the post either side of the goal keeper on his two opportunities. The other scorers on the way to a significant 7-0 win were James Hough and Angus Gillespie III. The team now hope to extend their winning form into next week’s away trip to PEGS.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – The VL1 reserves were first up on a big home round at Hawthorn on H-2 against La Trobe. The boys were hoping to continue their form after a hard fought point to KBH and found themselves well in control & dominating the early stages of the match.
After a tough first half the boys were only up 2-1 unable to convert pressure in the circle onto the scoreboard after a Andrew “Millsy” Mills brace in the opening 35 minutes. The boys came out again firing and managed to go 3-1 up however some lapses in concentration and quick countering from La Trobe resulted in a 4-4 draw, with the forever “hungry for a goal” Andrew Mills managing all 4 goals. The boys will be looking to bounce back and get on the winners list against PEGS this Saturday.
Mens Pennant A – After starting the season slowly with two draws and a loss Pennant A headed home and in front a large home crowed were able to grab their first with of the season. With a fast start and some effective play in front of the nets the team finished 4-1 victors against Footscray. The team is hoping this is the start of many wins Pennant A head to the State Hockey Centre this weekend facing off against Waverley.
Mens Pennant C – Pennant C faced Footscray down on H2 mid afternoon on Saturday. With a few of the guys unavailable some fresh faces stepped in to help out, notably Stu MacPhie filling in as keeper. Coming off a 2 - 0 win against Casey the boys looked a little over-confident and were caught off guard a few times. Pennant C started well with a couple of goals but unfortunately Footscray found the net as well and the game ended up a 2 - 2 tie. Next week Pennant C takes on KBH at Elgar park this Sunday at 12:30, which should be an interesting game and a good opportunity for our boys to get some more points on the board.
Mens Metro B Blue- The TEM Men’s Metro Blue team had a bye this round. Hawthorn pulled out of the game. Looking ahead to this weekend where the team will face Hawthorn Red in what is set to be a tough match.
Womens Premier League – Coming off a hard fought win against Doncaster last week, the TEM Women’s Premier League team were looking forward to testing themselves against an in form Altona side. Both teams battled hard in the surprising May heat, with Altona converting midway through the first half. A corner goal after the siren of opening half saw Altona increase their lead to two goals.
TEM came out firing in the second half, with a few balls narrowly passing outside the goal posts. An outstanding attacking play orchestrated by Fran Flores and Courtney Hansford resulted in a goal for TEM, putting the score at 2-1. Altona were quick to respond, with a sharp deflection goal putting the side 3-1 up. The remainder of the half was a tight battle, with some great hockey on display for the Hockey Victoria official Women’s Round – a real testament to the work both teams have put in during the early stages of the season.
Womens Premier League Reserves – Desperate for their first win of the season, the Women's Reserves came out firing on Saturday. With a few new faces in the side, the girls were hopeful against Altona, but a quick goal early from the opposition meant that the team was chasing for most of the match. There were some really good passages of play, especially from the younger players and they managed to earn multiple short corners throughout the game. Unfortunately the Reserves were unable to convert and with a late goal to Altona in the second half, the final result was 2-0. Overall, it was a well fought battle and a big improvement on previous weeks. Surely a win is just around the corner. Keep fighting Reserves, you'll get there next week!
Womens Pennant A – It wasn't the team’s best performance against a strong Camberwell side this week. It was a hot and windy Saturday, tough conditions felt by both sides equally. Camberwell got a few in early on, and some flashy skills up front saw Anna Clothier sink one back.
Shout out to Clare Freeman and Charlotte Kennedy for their solid contribution in attack. It got worse for TEM in the second half as a foot inadvertently stopped a goal, leading to a successfully converted penalty stroke. Another goal from Camberwell in the final 5 saw the end result land at 4-1. The Pennant A team are focusing on a strong performance against Essendon this weekend.
Womens Pennant C – Fourth placed Pennant C took on 10th placed Footscray on a wet Mother's Day afternoon at the State Hockey Centre hoping for their third win of the season. After a sloppy start to the first half and a few too many corners to Footscray (all saved by the brilliant Angie Ngo and the experienced backline), Pennant C came back harder in the second with the scores still level nil all. Some skilful goals from Elise MacPhie and Bridgette Allen (practicing those tomas came in handy!) saw the team come away with a 2-0 win. The umpires awarded Lue Hanson best on ground for Women's Round which was very well deserved, as she was fantastic in clearing many balls from deep defence.
Womens Metro A Red – TEM Metro Red were coming off the back of an 8-0 loss the week before, and were hoping to get their season back on track. There were some good patches of play in the first half, but unfortunately Waverley Blue struck first. With several absentees and only a few players on the bench TEMs struggled to keep up with the pace of the game and conceded several more goals with the final score finishing 5-0.
Womens Metro A Blue – Metro Blue faced Bayside Hockey Club at Brighton Secondary College in round 4. The ladies battled out a tough match on a field that boasted multiple colourful lines, perhaps taking inspiration from the recent Warhol/WeiWei exhibition at the NGV. A hint of Sydney also contributed to the artistic ground, with a smooth dome-shaped pitch resembling the contours of the Opera House with a truckload of sand from Bondi. Combine the ground's confusing coloured angles with goalkeeper Palma Casonato navigating her eyesight around her slender glasses and Centre Half superstar Eliza McLaughlin literally losing a contact lens following a fall in the tense second half, TEM was already facing a challenge.
However TEM's enthusiasm, strong tackles and refreshing use of regular interchange, thoughtfully run by stand-in coach Katie Jewell, put them in a real fighting position. Majority of game play happened in the mid-field, with possession changing like ping pong on the slow pitch. TEM gained momentum along the right side, strongly held by Pip Dudley and Penny Senior. A few cracking shots on goal were unfortunately missed at the post, but Emma Clarke never failed to keep up Blue's spirits with encouragement during times of fatigue.
Nil all at half time brought a fresh start to the second half, but an early goal by Bayside gave the opposition a second wind. TEM's determination didn't crumble and some great plays of passing the ball square and utilising the field's width showed what potential the team has. Eliza McLaughlin weaved in and out through defenders, feeding the ball into the D several times, ultimately earning her a well deserved medal from Hockey Victoria for Best and Fairest of the match.
A controversial call for a stroke against TEM placed Bayside 2-0 up, and despite valiant efforts in our attacking circle, TEM were unable to convert any shots to goals. The team is looking forward to a fresh game next weekend!
Womens Masters – TEM Women's Masters "A" went down 0-1 to Essendon. Essendon's defense was good, and TEM found it hard to drill the ball past them, but when the team played short passes they managed to get through to the attacking 25. While Lue Hanson was dying from a chest infection, but keeping up the tough defense at the back, a stick check against Jen Eagar saw Essendon awarded a short corner. From that short there was some confusion over a foot in the circle, but it was ultimately decided a goal. Highlight of the night - Sally the goal keeper (as short as she is), learnt white girls CAN jump and saved an over head flick from going in. The force and umpires were with Essendon for this game however.