TEM Junior Review Week 1

U16 Shield – The U16 Shield Team started off the 2016 season playing at home against last years ladder leader, Footscray. With the majority of the team new to shield level, the team stepped up to the challenge and put it to Footscray. Footscray had a very aggressive press and were able to score a couple of goals early on. The TEM team came out strong in the second half, with some great midfield play and an amazing team goal finished off by Campbell Marshall. A couple of injuries left interchanging difficult and Footscray ran over the top in the end, with the final score 5-1 to Footscray.

 U16 District – TEM Under 16 District team had a very positive start to the season! Even though the score didn’t illustrate it, after the first few minutes of the game the team started to string a few passes together and had a few great opportunities on goal! Went down 7-0.

U14 Girls Shield and Pennant – Both teams had a bye this week, so played a practice match, which was great for preparation for the upcoming games!

U14 Shield – The team got off to a strong start against a good opposition in Yarra. Strong defensive efforts in the circle allowed the team to create some quality attack and some sharp finishing up front. The team is looking to tighten the defensive structures to continue the good form.

 U14 District - TEMs U14 District team had a great start to the season with a draw in the first round. The team conceded a goal early on with some loose marking on the quick opposition players. But the team didn’t give up and this determination was quickly rewarded with a goal in the second half and the game finished with the score at 1-1.  Many positive aspects came out of the game with Noah Murphy performing brilliantly in goal, and the team working together beautifully all the way up the field.

U12 Girls Shield – The girls played their first game against Camberwell and fought out a 0-0 draw.  The girls played very well, with several players playing their first ever game!

U12 Shield – A tough assignment for a first round. The team succumbed to a skilful and strong Hawthorn team 9-0.  A debut to the Shield standard of competition for many of the TEM players. There was a lot to like about how the team approached and conducted the match.  At the end, the TEM troops could identify some of the aspects that they need to continue to work on - such as strong wide passes & creating space to lead in to.  Well done U12s. Lots of improvement will be evident over the season.

 U12 District Tigers – It was great to get the season underway on the weekend albeit against a pretty well put together opposition that fielded several Shield standard players. With the Tigers consisting of several players involved in their first game of hockey, the Tigers progressively got better as the game progressed, until a large field and good opposition took its toll on fitness levels. Still there were many happy but red faces and the end of the game, a positive first outing despite the result.

U12 District Lions – The under 12 Lions have started the season strongly with a 1-0 win over Powerhouse on the weekend. With the majority of the play and numerous scoring oportunities, the Lions were able to convert a well earned field goal. However, while the Lions showed a lot ofpromise in attack, the focus will be on improving defensive structure. Overall a solid effort for round 1!!