This week was another solid week of performances for TEM Hockey Club. The Men’s Vic League 1 team worked hard for another solid win, and both Women’s Metro teams also came away with points.
Highlight of the week was yet another milestone reached by a TEM stalwart – Jo Bowden. Jo notched up her 300th game in style with many of her team mates also rocking a famous “JOMO” bandanna!
Mens Vic League 1 -The "run and gun" West Vic hockey style came out hard against TEM, scoring early in the piece with a short corner conversion. The goal however pushed TEM into gaining well constructed corner which saw James Hough score, with both teams going into the half tied at 1-1. The start of the second half was just as run and gun with TEM dominating the play, and Steve Miller and Evan Jewell were as capable as ever keeping West Vic out. George Hurley converted another well executed corner finishing the game 2-1 to TEM!
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – To close out a great day of hockey at TEM, the Reserves were keen to continue their good form this season and also send off Darragh “Daz” Curley in style in his last game for the club. The first half was a goal fest with TEM unable to take advantage of their dominance and leaking in some goals on the counterattack resulting in locked scores at 2-2.
The second half started with a bang as TEM managed to slot through two goals in quick succession to get some breathing space, and in the closing minutes both teams conceded resulting in a 5-3 win to the TEM VL1 Reserves.
The goals came from Daz in his farewell game (that Charlie Blanchard claims the faintest of touches on), Pat “The Postman” Cassidy & the ever famished for goals Andrew “Millsy” Mills, as well as a Brace from new import Johnny "Farmer J" Rea. A great result for the lads!
Mens Pennant A –The TEM Men's Pennant A side had a tough Saturday afternoon game at home against top of the league Southern United. Southern took the lead early but TEM fought back scoring two quick goals to head into the half time break with a 2-1 lead. A feisty second half ensued with yellow cards awarded to both sides, with neither team giving an inch. In the dying seconds Southern were awarded a penalty corner which much to TEM’s disappointment they converted after the final whistle. The team is looking forward to the Queen’s Birthday weekend off, and will be coming back rearing for a win against lowly placed MCC in a fortnight’s time.
Mens Pennant C –TEM Pennant C Men played against second place Yarra Valley this weekend down on H2, with plenty of the game able to be viewed vis this link: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm2vJ3f8aB8)
The team came out hard and had clearly improved from a few weak showings earlier in the season.The first half was very even, play moving to both ends of the pitch without many clear opportunities for either team. Stu Macphie once again stepped in as substitute goalkeeper and earned himself a beautiful bruise on the left thigh early on in the first half (just before the recording started).
With only a few minutes left before half-time Yarra earned a short corner, the hit finding the foot of our first runner, Josh Ferguson, and earning them a second corner, which Yarra converted from a right-layoff that found its way low, between Stu's leg and glove.The second half was similar to the first, both teams getting even possession and both making a few chances at goal.
Twenty minutes into the second half Che Talbot ran the ball up the right-hand sideline and cut in along the baseline to offload into the D, a duffed shot and a blind pass later Will Elder chased the ball down just outside the top of the D. A quick pass and then a lead in to receive the ball back saw Will on the spot, he flicked to the keepers right and a TEM playeron the far post deflected it home for the equalizer. The remainder of the game saw TEM in deep defence with little attacking play and a few close calls on the goal line, but the boys held out and ended a close game with a 1 - 1 draw.
Mens Metro Blue – This week TEM Metro Blue Men played a Footscray team who could only scrape together 10 players. TEM won easily, 10-0.
Mens Masters – TEM Mens Masters 35As drew with Mentone 1-1 and have moved up to 7th on the ladder after a tough fought match this round. The 35Bs lost to Croydon Ranges 2-3 and moved down to 8th on the ladder, while the 45Ds beat PH/St Kilda 6-0 and remain top of the ladder with 40 goals for and only 3 against! This round the 50Bs beat Footscray 2-1 and are 4th on the ladder.
Womens Premier League-TEM Premier League women stepped their game up a level this weekend, coming away with a well-earned 4-4 draw with neighbourhood club Camberwell. TEM opened the scoring through Courtney Hansford and both teams went goal for goal into the second half, and TEM soaked up some pressure late in the game to fight out the draw.
TEM looked much more dangerous up front this week, with better ball movement and linking play, and it was promising to see some goal scoring action in the attacking half. The girls take on Mentone this Thursday at the State Hockey Centre before the long weekend break.
Womens Premier League Reserves –Not a great day out for the reserves this week against a very fast Camberwell team.TEM gave away too many short corners which the opposition converted into goals. It was a tough day out in goal for Gemma Kahanoff, who stepped up for the game and had some really great saves. Jess Jacobs put some solid pressure on up forward and Laura Tulloch had some great transfers around the back to change up the play.
With only one attacking short corner for the entire match Rachael King hit it straight in - for a final score of 7-1. High Performance player of the day went to Olivia Wood, who really earned the 2XU-Hi-Performance-Crisp visor for some amazing runs and great positioning up forward.
Womens Pennant A – It was an exciting start to the game with a massive crowd of fantastic club members and supporters cheering Jo “Jomo” Bowden through the banner for her 300th game. The energy and enthusiasm rolled into the game as the girls really matched the intensity of second placed Doncaster.
Defensively well organised thanks to Chrissy Graven calling the shots from the back, and the score sheet was 0-0 until just before half time when Doncaster scored from a clever short corner variation. The second half was played with a similar determination not to be outgunned by the stronger Doncaster. Gemma Kahanoff made some really strong clearances in goals, and TEM forced their way forward with some great attacking plays that were unlucky not to be rewarded with goals. Doncaster scored again from a corner but the remainder of the match was evenly fought out. Despite the 2-0 loss the team played the whole game with the intensity required at Pennant A level.
Womens Pennant C –TEM Pennant C women rocked up ready for a tough battle against Mornington Peninsula on Saturday evening. The girls were looking to improve a lot on their passing and also defensive play, and definitely achieved that in this game! Mornington Peninsula scored first but TEM kept them out for the rest of the match with some fantastic work in goal by goalkeeper Angie Ngo! A Bridgette Allen toma brought the scores level, and while TEM were creating good chances up front they failed to find the back of the net. A solid draw against a team in a similar place on the table.
Womens Metro Red –Inspired by last week’s draw against Bayside, TEM Metro Red Women played confidently against Collegians. A strong defensive line kept the ball in the TEM attacking half for most of the game, which allowed Tash Pollard to use her speed and quick reflexes to slot in an impressive goal! The girls scored two goals in the first half, and although Collegians came back fighting with more intensity in the second half the Reds held them off for a 2-0 win.
Womens Metro Blue –TEM Blue had a fantastic result in round 8, a 4-2 win against 2nd on the ladder St Bede's at their home ground "The Sand Pit". A drizzly day on the sandy pitch meant for a slow and flat moving ball, catching TEM out at times when passes weren't made hard enough. However the girls efforts and improvements are really taking shape and are finally starting to be reflected in the score. The first goal of the match was scored by Bailey Ryan, putting TEM in great momentum and boosting confidence.
TEM made great use of the left and right sides of the field and the switches worked well to create space for the forwards, who had some excellent plays up the side. However a known downfall of the team is being sucked into playing through the middle, which ultimately left St Bede's open to scoring, making it 1-1. However great teamwork and passing in the TEM attacking circle found the team 2-1 up, with Kim Davie scoring.
In the second half, TEM found faults in St Bede's set ups and used that knowledge to their advantage, switching the ball when they were not prepared, taking early free hits, and earning short corners in our attack. Eliza McLaughlin had a cracker match, scoring 2 more goals for TEM, with the final score 4-2. The girls’ attacking strength in this game was definitely not rushing shots on goals, but rather earning short corners, or passing the ball in the circle to confuse defence and create gaps for a clear shot on goal. Goalkeeper Palma Casonato had another great match, guiding so many players to cover the gaps or unmarked opponents, and saving many shots on goals. It felt good to sing the club song at the end of the match, however the team needs to win more games so all of the players know the lyrics! Great job TEM Blue!