TEM Weekly Review #3

A fantastic week all round for TEMs – with the club song being sung many times throughout!

Plenty of goal scoring action as well, and two great wins achieved by our top Men’s and Women’s teams. This weekend is set to be a big home round, and is also Women’s round, so make sure to get down to show your support!

Mens Vic League 1 – After a disappointing start to the year, TEM MVL1 boys were keen to pick up some winning momentum against the KBH Brumbies on their newly resurfaced pitch. As has been a common occurrence in 2016, a lackluster start saw the home side score twice early on. Though persistent pressure and brilliant finishing from Darragh “Daz” Curley (2 goals) saw TEM claw their way back into the match, heading into half time 3-2 up.

Starting the second half where they left off, TEM hustled to gain control with a quick conversion allowing them to sit comfortably with a 2 goal buffer. KBH wouldn’t go down without a fight though, scoring a last minute goal and earning 2 penalty corners. However TEM leveled their heads and drilled home a gritty 4-3 victory.

Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – The Reserves were out at the newly surfaced KBH first up on Saturday with their sights set on continuing their good form, knowing KBH would be a tough opponent. 

KBH started strongly with two quick goals catching TEM off guard. Due to some injuries/accidents and other circumstances the bench was quickly whittled down to two players which meant the boys had to dig deep to salvage the result. In stepped Andrew "Hungry Hungry Hippo" Mills with some brilliant work dancing through defenders and setting up young gun Oliver Ritman for a simple tap in.

2-1 down at half-time the team was knackered but knew this was a chance to show their resolve, and the younger players especially stepped up. Initially it was a back and forth second half with TEM starting to dominate & creating chance after chance towards the end, finally Oli got the second and the match ended in a hard fought draw keeping the team undefeated.

Mens Pennant A – It was a disappointing round for the Men’s Pennant A side who travelled out to Greensborough on Saturday afternoon. In what became a high scoring affair they went down 6-3 to a strong Greensborough side. TEM had the first goal of the game but the opposition pegged back quickly and finished the first half 2-2. After a cascade of injuries to start the second half, resulting in a much depleted TEM bench, the TEM team wasted opportunities and were unable to catch Greensborough.

TEM Men’s Pennant A play middle of the table Footscray at home this Saturday afternoon and are hoping for their first win of the season!

Mens Pennant C – Pennant C (9th) faced Casey (7th) at 17:00 on Saturday at the State Netball and Hockey Center. After a narrow defeat against Doncaster last weekend the boys were hungry for a win. 

Casey had lost to Camberwell in round 2 and managed to concede only one goal, showing they would have a tough defence. The pitch was fast and bouncy and after a brief shower under the sprinklers during the warm up they were ready to go. TEM held most of the possession and pressed on Casey's defence hard but couldn't make the most of the opportunities. Jonno Stewart worked his way to a one-on-one with the keeper and made it look easy, out dragging him and finding the backboard, giving TEM a 1-0 lead at half time.

The second half was much of the same with Casey sitting even deeper in defence, making the forwards work harder to create opportunities. Cam Macphie rifled the ball towards goal forcing a save from the keeper and Jonno Stewart swept in to secure his second for the game. Nick Lockwood narrowly missed a dragflick during a short corner and the game ended with TEM up 2-0. Next week the Pennant C guys (having moved up to 6th) take on Footscray (5th) Saturday, 15:30 on H2. It’s sure to be a close game so get down and show your support. 

Mens Metro B Red - TEM started strong against Powerhouse, quickly moving to a 4 goal half time lead through 4 different goal scorers. After half time TEM were a little too comfortable and pressing forward too hard this opened the door for Powerhouse to score one against the play. This galvanised TEM to lift the bar once again and score another couple to run out 6-1 winners. Congratulations to Che Talbot on an outstanding debut. 

Mens Metro B Blue- The Metro Blue team had a 0-0 draw against Maccabi. The match was a fairly  even game throughout both halves and both  sides had plenty of opportunities to score.  The game was interrupted part way through with an injury to a TEM player, and the match was delayed for a while, however the player is recovering well!

Mens Masters – The TEMs Men’s Masters had three wins on Monday night.Over 35A  ground out a wonderful 3-2 win over Werribee, with Stu Macphie the star in goal! Over 35B won 6-2 over ECHO, and the Over 45D  5-1 over Camberwell. Great results going into next week.

Womens Premier League – A determined TEMs took on last years premiers, Doncaster, away from home to record their first win for the season. A strong start from TEMs saw them control the midfield and put pressure on Doncaster's defence, narrowly missing an early opportunity.

TEMs playing with more intensity than previous weeks saw Jess Lucas slot the first goal. Doncaster came out after half time with intent and earnt themselves some short corners, only to have them saved spectacularly by Amelia Hough on the goal line. Late in the game, Gemma Donnatacio put away another goal for TEMs, and Doncaster responded with a goal in the last minute. Final score 2-1 to TEMs.

Womens Premier League Reserves – This weekend the reserves faced Doncaster who have had a similarly unlucky start to the season. With a few words of encouragement from Coach Margie Conley the girls all felt positive that they could beat Donny. With a few superstar ring-ins adding to the original line up they hit the turf hard and fast, controlling the game and run of play early and getting a goal up in the first half with a lovely hit off a short corner from Rachel King, who also scored a similar corner goal in the 2nd half.

Unfortunately from there TEMs luck seemed to waiver (particularly defensively) and a few costly defensive corners being called against them resulted in both goals against, and a number of attacking opportunities going wanting, to leave TEMs 3-2 down. Stellar efforts of the day go to Bronte Hough, Sophia Obierne, Perr Dudley, Jacqui Lawson, Chrissy Graven and Jess Jacobs, whose guts, determination and work rate throughout the game did not go unnoticed. The reserves are getting so close to a win!

Womens Pennant A – TEMs Pennant A were up against last year’s Pennant A premiers, MCC this weekend. As a newly promoted side the girls were definitely the underdogs, however coming off the back of last week’s win and on TEM home turf with a wee home crowd, the girls were feeling good about the challenge. A goal in the first 5 minutes saw TEM take an early 1-0 lead and from there defended well against the MCC press. Gemma Kahanoff had another blinder in goal, saving about half a dozen shots in quick succession.

 Perfect positioning by forwards up front very nearly saw us take the lead in the second half, though the ball narrowly missed the goal. MCC slotted one in so we were 1-1 right up until the last 4 minutes and were penalised with a stroke, which MCC successfully converted. MCC sealed the win with another goal in the final few minutes so we finished up 3-1 down.

 Thanks to those who were playing their second game of the weekend to help them out with numbers – Frances Morgan, Bridgette Allen, Elise Macphie. And finally congrats to the new co-Captains, Jo Bowden and Karen Bussell – the girls are looking forward to your experience and leadership in the weeks to come.

Womens Pennant C – With Knox being promoted after the 2015 season, the Pennant C girls were intrigued to see what they would bring to the game. Unfortunately low on players, assistant coach Lee Downer stepped into goal and with an early goal from Clare Freeman (a brilliant toma!) the girls were away. A little frustrated with umpiring decisions, with a goal by Gabby Lewis discounted and Fran Moodie copping a high ball to the face, everyone was pretty exhausted. Some great passing by Lue Hanson and Jenny Eager down the field got the ball to Mackenzie Barham for the second goal off the post. A lapse of concentration let Knox get one back late in the game but Pennant C were happy to sing the song for a 2-1 win and snap up their second three points.

Womens Metro A Red – TEM Metro Red Women were this week outgunned by a very experienced Haileybury side. Injuries slowed the team down later in the game, and the girls missed their new fantastic coach James ‘JB’ Bower! The team is looking forward to playing on the friendly home ground H2 on Sunday.

Womens Metro A Blue – A fantastic game was had by all against Collegians on Sunday, with some excellent work in both defense and attack. TEMs earned themselves a number of short corners, one ending in a beautiful straight shot goal from Eliza McLaughlin. The other two goals (Soph Taylor and Fi Troise) came from quality team work and passes around the goal. Yvette Schroeder, usually holding the fort in the back line, hopped on as a wing with two minutes to go. There was very nearly a moment of goal glory for Vetta but that will have to wait for another week! A great team effort and pleased to have the first win on the board!

Womens Masters – TEMs Women’s ‘A’ Masters team played MUHC and went down 1-0, despite having most of the play and letting in a fairly scrappy goal. Deb Stockdale was the player of the day for the ladies.