TEM Juniors Weekly Review #3
Another great round for all our TEM Juniors last week! Fantastic to see so many players taking part, and although not all the results went our way, TEM teams played with pride and determination! Game of the week was a tough battle between our U12 District Lions and Tigers – with the Tigers proving they are King of the Jungle ….Until next time!
A special shout out to our Junior players taking on the challenging role of goalkeeper for their respective teams – it is incredible to see a great standard of goalkeeping across all the teams this year!
U16 Shield – This week the team lost 6-0 to a strong Altona side. Altona started strongly and had TEM on the back foot with two goals in the first 10 minutes. A 3-0 deficit at half time could have been much bigger without Alex “Patto” Patterson’s decisive work in the goal. With better leading and some hard running in the midfield the U16 Shield team developed more attacks in the second half.
This year the team will face some challenging opponents, and Altona is one of them. Great to see that nobody dropped their heads and as the game progressed the team was more competitive. Jai Lockwood and Flynn Davies were rock solid and cool headed in defence. Next week the team takes on Hawthorn at home at 9:30pm.
U16 District – A tough day at the office for the TEM U16 District side, who lost 11-0 against a classy Hawthorn side. The team started off a bit slow but got more into the game as it went on. Connor Game was an absolute star in the net for TEM, and India Curtain and Finley Edmonds were solid in the centre.
U14 Girls Shield - The Under 14 Shield girls made it two wins from two matches with a win against Southern United at the SNHC on Friday night. The girls put on an excellent display of team work and were unlucky not to score another couple of goals.
Ellie Dwyer showed great tenacity and courage on the forward line putting pressure on the opposition defence and forcing a number of goal scoring opportunities. Annabel Kennedy showed her experience in the midfield playing a crucial role in linking up the attack. Charlotte Ritman was deemed best afield by the coach for her role as sweeper stopping a number of southern attacks.
U14 Girls Pennant – TEM held Knox out so well for the whole game, before unfortunately letting it slip and conceding three goals in the last ten minutes. Although it was a massive improvement on last week and the girls were playing so much better as a team, everyone needs to maintain the aggression right until the end of the game. The girls had some great circle penetrations and their corners are improving every week. Special mention to Emily Dziedzic for her amazing debut in the goal this week!
U14 Shield – This week was a step up in the level of opposition, with the team tackling the tough opponent of Doncaster. The U14 Shield team managed to string together the same nice passes as in previous weeks, which built attacking pressure in the 25. Doncaster however took all their opportunities, putting away 5 goals. Lots to work on and fix before the team takes on Hawthorn this week.
U14 District- U14 District came up against MCC, and had a good start to the game with a couple of circle entries, meaning the team was on the front foot. There was some great all-round work from Max Clarke, Alex Blakeley and Finn Allen in the midfield, which kept the ball in TEM attacking half. Going into halftime at 1-1 it was still anyone’s game!
A goal by MCC midway through the second half meant TEM had to really dig deep, and with some great attacking flair from Bennett West the scores were again even at 2-2. Overall the team as a whole is continuing to improve week by week and we are still (technically) undefeated! And a shout out to Manu Coates, who even though she was injured, still turned up to support her team!
U12 Girls Shield – The TEM U12 girls had a well-earned 1-1 draw against a very well organized Doncaster team. The girls played very well and each week are continuing to improve. This week the team had many more goal scoring opportunities and earnt a large amount of short corners.
U12 Shield – It was first time at the State Hockey Centre for many of the players - a great venue to experience. As the team had the just the bare eleven, there were no bench rests to be had. The players did a fantastic job of running out the match - which resulted in a 7-3 win to TEM against Altona.
Better defensive structure and taking advantage of good attacking opportunities provided a much better brand of hockey this week. Some players are finding their feet in new positions - well done on giving them a go! Next week the U12 Mixed troops will tackle Essendon (at Essendon) at 10.00am.
U12 District Tigers and Lions– This week was a battle of the big cats for the U12 District as the TEM Tigers faced the TEM Lions. An undermanned Tigers side took some assistance from the girls’ shield team adding some brilliant skill across the park. The super-subs’ experience was the difference in the first half, stringing together some brilliant passes the Tigers gained a 3-0 lead.
However, an inspired half time speech and devouring of oranges was all the Lions needed to come back firing. The remainder of the match was end-to-end hockey at its best with both teams showing excellent improvement from the previous two weeks. The final score was 4-0 proving that Tigers are the king of the jungle….until next time.