TEM Junior Review Week 4

U16 Shield – Round 4 shaped up as a challenging match for the U16 TEM Shield team – a 9:30pm fixture and three unavailable due to illness and injury. Hawthorn came out confidently, but in a scoreless first half TEM were playing the better hockey. Alex “Patto” Paterson was again sharp in goal, while Kobe Dudley, Conor Game and Luke Westmore were controlling in the midfield.

The double up U14s Matt Sweetnam and Richard Harrison looked right at home in the higher age group. The pace of TEMs strikers (Will Nolan, Campbell marshall, Conor Hosking and Marcus Sjstrom) has troubled every opponent this year, and after several break away attacks Will drew a desperate tackle from the Hawthorn keeper and Kobe nailed the resulting penalty stroke! It was a pressure packed last 10 minutes, with Hawthorn mounting a string of attacks and key tackles made by Cam Murray, Jai Lokwood and Marcus Cameron.

A special mention to Josh Woodbridge who is out with a broken finger, but kindly helped out on the bench with stats. After 4 games the team has 2 wins and are playing some very exciting hockey!

U16 District – The U16 TEM District team had a massive improvement this week. The team scored their first goal of the season to be 1-0 up, however Hawthorn hit back but a couple of unanswered goals, making it another tough day at the office for the side. Looking forward to another tough challenge in this weeks game!

U14 Girls Shield – The Under 14 Shield put together another strong performance on Friday night to claim their 3rd win from 3 matches. On a cold night in Footscray the TEM girls started firing, scoring 4 goals in the first half. Footscray came out much harder in the second half and the rest of the game was a much closer encounter. The final score was 4-0. Goal scorers Claire Freedman 2, Enya Talbot 1, Oliva Woods 1. 

U14 Girls Pennant – The TEM Pennant girls really stepped it up this week with massive improvements across the board. An amazing defensive effort kept Casey out of the circle and the ball in TEM attack for the majority of the first half.  The second half saw a few too many circle penetrations from the opposition but the girls did not come all the way to Berwick to mess around – finishing 0-0 which is the team’s best result to date!

U14 Shield – The team put together a much improved team game on Friday night and this was reflected in the positive result. Taking on a strong outfit in Hawthorn was always going to be tough but the team put in a solid defensive effort which allowed them to create a number of quality chances.  Three goals from Ollie Marshall and a brace from Will Mollard meant TEM ran away 5-0. The team are up against another tough match in Waverley this week, who come off a couple of great weeks recently.

U14 District- Not playing their best hockey TEM District team had their first loss of the season against a really good team. The opposition’s early goal on the first minutes of the game made the team realize that it was going to be a hard game. On occasion TEM managed to create good opportunities to score and the team was playing good hockey but a few mistakes at the back costs the players a couple of goals. It was not TEM best game, but it's nice to see the improvement in all players and the attitude to continue playing and not worry about the score. 

U12 Girls Shield – The TEM U12 girls lost 2-1 against Kew this week, but it was a very closely contested match and the team had quite a few opportunities to score. Hopefully this coming week the team will be able to put the ball in the back of the net and come away with a win!

U12 Shield – Once again TEM U12 Shield trekked to the other side of town (those E-tags are getting a workout!). The U12 Shield team came up against some tall skillful Essendon forwards that linked up passes well. Finding themselves often standing behind their defensive lines, the TEM boys are gradually realising that creating space and leading is part of the hockey caper. So pleased with how the TEM troops ran out the game - especially with only 10 players! A 4-0 loss against this good team was an okay result in the end. Looking forward to focusing and working on skills at a good training session on Thursday. Next weekend the team play at home – and want to claim their territory!

U12 District Tigers – The lead up to this fixture had seen a flurry of last minute changes due to unavailability and illness, with several Lions boys being called in to play two consecutive games. The Tigers defence was once again on show early with Toby Angliss - demonstrating agility and showing more kicks than 'a bull at a rodeo’ in goal - to repel several shots on goal. But it was the collective defensive effort that drew praise from the coaches.

After weathering the initial onslaught (and playing with only 10 men) the Tigers started to reveal their attacking options with some clever through balls that saw their pace at times expose the MCC defence. A free hit taken by the Red’s just outside the attacking ‘D’ for the Tigers saw the opportunist Samuel Jackson observe the opposition player had played the ball (twice), advanced like a Tiger stalking it’s pray, perfectly executed surprise tackle, then slap home a long range goal to give the Tigers the lead. Apart from a couple of ‘heart in mouth’ moments leading up to the break the Tigers held the lead.

The second half saw the Red’s come out hard at the Tigers, however the Tigers with resolute in defence, and increased focus on looking and passing to teammates saw them create several opportunities, with Sam Edney demonstrating lots of run and carry up the middle.  Unfortunately the level of runing required, and playing with 10 men, finally took its toll on the young Tigers and the MCC slammed on 4 goals in 10 minutes at the back end of the game to seal the win. Final score 4-1.

U12 District Lions – The U12 Lions played an excellent game despite having only 10 players, and went down narrowly to MHSOB 2-1. This week the boys showed promise in their outletting with some beautiful balls from the back line creating many attacking opportunities. Sam Edney made the most of this attack with a hard hit into the net from the top of the D. However, a few too many unmarked players in the circle saw MHSOB with two easy goals.