Last week’s matches saw TEM take on a whole host of teams in one of the season’s biggest home rounds! Kim Davie took to the field for the 400th time – a massive achievement!
Game of the week was the Premier League Women who ground out a well-deserved 1-1 draw against a top four team Footscray, things are looking up! This weekend sees TEM teams proudly on show in the Live Stream action on Sunday.
Mens Vic League 1 – TEM Men's VL1 team were looking to continue on their good form which has led to three back to back wins recently. On Saturday they faced a tough Brunswick opposition who’s lowly position in the league wasn't reflected by their determination on the field. TEM looked strong from the offset although took a while to get on the score board.
Mitch Eager scored the first goal from some good build up play. TEM went 2-0 up through James Hough, before Brunswick pulled a goal back. The boys didn't fall away and instead added further pressure on the opposition which led to three quick successive goals from James Bower, George Hurley and Angus Gillespie respectively. The game finished 5-1. Next up are Frankston at home on the Live Stream, where TEM are looking to avenge last season’s loss.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – The TEM Reserves were out to bounce back from their first defeat of the season in front of a home crowd. TEM started brightly, dominating in possession but unable to convert pressure into goals. Persistence to get on top resulted in first half goals for Hugh McLaughlin and Darragh Curley leading into half time 2-0.
The second half was much the same with TEM pressuring the Brunswick circle and piling in a few more goals. A brace to both Darragh “Loves a brace so much it looks like he deliberately missed a hat trick attempt” Curley and Hugh “Get around me” McLaughlin made sure of the 5-0 win.
Mens Pennant A –The Pennant A Men sitting third faced up against a strong MUHC side sitting second on the ladder. After controlling much of the match with a strong home crowd TEM went into the final ten minutes with a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately with intensity wavering MUHC put away a goal and the boys were unable to respond. With the 1 point from the draw the team drops down to fourth place. This weekend Pennant A are hoping to bounce back and cement their September credentials with a win against old arch rivals Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon.
Mens Pennant C –Pennant C played Melbourne University at H2 on Saturday. The team showed much improvement from their shaky starts in the last two rounds, retaining almost all of the possession in the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately TEM found it hard to move the ball through the midfield and couldn't get many opportunities in attack. Defensively the guys worked hard but a breakaway from Melbourne Uni found them 1-0 down early on in the first half.
It was much of the same in the second half, TEM holding a onto the ball in defense but finding it hard to push into the attacking 25. Alex “Patto” Paterson was left speechless after a lob from near the baseline arched high over his head and found its way into the far top corner of the goal, there wasn't much anyone could have done. The last 15 minutes of the game seemed a scramble of back-and-forth; TEM would set up a 16 and push as far up as possible, earn a short corner and take a shot only for the ball to come rocketing back down the defensive end for another 16 yard hit. It seemed it wasn't TEMs day, despite working hard and holding the ball for most of the game the team couldn't get any goals and found themselves 3-0 down to a few strong breakaways. Next week Pennant C (8th) takes on Hawthorn (5th) at H1, 12:30 Saturday.
Mens Metro B Red – Good hard fought game. TEM Metro Red men lacked a little fire power in the forward line once Tim Stewart went down injured. The team definitely had their chances, and possibly should have won. The game ended in a tight 0-0 draw against Maccabi.
Mens Masters – The TEM 35As lost to MCC 1-2 and are sitting 8th on the ladder, while the 35Bs drew with MCC 1-1 and are sitting 5th on the ladder. TEM 45Ds beat Yarra Valley 2-1 and are sitting 1st on the ladder. Highlights of the 45Ds game were Terry O'Brien playing his first stint as goalie and doing a great job of it, and the inclusion of visiting player Sailesh Shah from Amsterdam who is spending a week in Melbourne after competing in the Grand Masters World Cup in Newcastle.
Womens Premier League - Round 8 saw a tough match against Footscray who were sitting comfortably in the top four! After going down by a goal early the girls fired up putting on an excellent display of team work and first class hockey. The match was an exciting encounter with lots of quick passing and end to end play. Bridgette Allen made a number of crucial saves in goal and Fran Flores Cariola and Courtney Hansford kept the Footscray keeper very busy creating a number of shots on goal. Darci Kleinschmidt then broke the defence to level the score when she slotted away a deflection on a penalty corner. The game went down to the wire and ended in a well earnt 1-1 draw.
Womens Premier League Reserves – An exciting start to the match this week with the introduction of the "2XU High Performance Visor" (the 2XU-HPV) awarded to the highest performing player of the round. Footscray were tough from the start, and high performing defender Rachael King played as good as we've seen her yet, but TEM had a half time score of 2-0 down. With some changes in the line up, the girls created some great chances in the second half, notably some high performances from Jacquie Lawson and Jess Jacobs, linking in with Olivia Wood. A disappointing final score of 5-0, with Footscray scoring 2 in the last couple of minutes. It's only up from here for the reserves.
Womens Pennant A – It was a cracking game on Saturday for Women’s Pennant A. With home turf advantage the team took to the field after a strong warm-up. Altona sneaked one in pretty early in the match which gave the team the rocket it needed to get into gear. It was the best match of the season so far in terms of linking uncontested passes – someone counted 8 passes at one point. The patience and control showed by the team was outstanding.
There were some fantastic passages of play particularly up front between Jo Bowden and Eugenie Rickard and superb linking through the middle with Karen Bussell. After trailing 1-0 down TEM sunk three goals from three different goal scorers – great effort Georgia Bird, Sonia Burman and Karen Bussell. It was great to sing the team song and the team are looking forward to the battle against Footscray next weekend.
Womens Pennant C – It was a great day to be playing at home with the sun shining. TEM Pennant C started a bit rocky with a goal to MUHC but followed quickly by an awesome goal by Gabby Lewis (love the celebration Gab!) to equal the scores by half time. With some great interceptions and runs by Michaela “See what happens when you get some sleep “ Liu. Pennant C game plan and structure is coming together and team work was great but alas the team just couldn't convert their opportunities. Ending up going down 3-1, but the girls kept fighting and will continue to do so.
Womens Metro A Red – Reds said last week they felt a win was imminent! Some new faces this week; thanks Zoe Westmore & McKenzie Barham for helping us in a great team effort to win against second top team. TEM held them to 0:0 at half time, and scored in the second half off a stroke and were unlucky not to score another with a couple of close misses. The team stuck to the game plan outlined by coach James “JB” Bower; defensively strong and good passing up front and with determination TEM were victorious. Nice work everyone & well done!
Womens Metro A Blue – Metro blue faced Waverley at H1 this round. Many supporters came down to cheer on the team and particularly Kim Davie, who was playing her 400th match for TEM! Waverley came out strong and had some quick breakaways, which ultimately lead to their first goal. TEM fought back hard and had some great possession of the ball, also starting to use the width of the field by practicing some switches. There were some great attempts at goals and several short corners, however the girls were unable to convert them. Waverley on the other hand converted another play of theirs to score another goal.
Although 2-0 down at half time, TEM never had their heads down. A few half-time pep talks and an eagerness to win for Kim helped keep our spirits high. The second half was fought really hard and TEM had some great attacking circle work, but the Waverley goalkeeper made some cracking saves. A beautiful run of play between Eliza McLaughlin and Kim Davie resulted in a brilliant goal scored by Kim! TEM ultimately lost 3-1 but really fought hard and the girls know their potential! Some more circle work and short corner practice at training will hopefully help change the scoreboard to be in TEMs favour.
Congrats Kim on your huge achievement of 400 games!
Womens Masters –TEM vs Hawthorn ended with a score of 3-0. A nice easy game for TEM on home turf. The score line doesn't reflect that there were many more opportunities, however TEM just couldn't find the net. Goal number two was the highlight, with someone yelling out to Mary “Lofty” Lofthouse to go it alone on a free long corner, which is exactly what Lofty did. Straight into the D with a cracking hit at the top. Goalkeeper Palma Casonato was bored in the second half but a bored goalie means a happy team!
This week TEM vs Powerhouse, TEM went down 4-1. With Palma now in the "A" team, the ladies started the game with 9 players and hard rain in towards their defensive eyes. The pep talk of wine waiting at home was where everyone all wanted to be. The first 2 goals were scored with TEM short of players on the field. Slowly three more players arrived to much glee and happiness. TEM nearly scored a goal (for Powerhouse) and by half time all were soaked and TEM was 4-0 down. Second half saw TEM dominate much better as the rain eased. However the final score was 4-1.