TEM Junior Review Week 5


U16 Shield – U16 Shield went 2-1 up vs Geelong. Coming off a hard fought win over Hawthorn, the U16 Shield team opened well against Geelong, controlling the midfield, moving the ball quickly and creating many opportunities in the first half. The team had four players back from illness and injury, including Charlotte Kennedy who opened the scoring.

But in the second half the wheels came off for 20 mins, during which time Geelong equalised and TEM was hanging on with fingernails. Showing more grit than flair, TEM fought out a tight 2-1 will after Will Nolan closed out a penalty corner rebound. Credit to the tight defence, with Jai Lockwood, Josh Woodbridge, Cam Murray and Marcus Cameron who stood up under pressure in the second half. The midfield and forwards showed flashes of brilliance both early and late in the match - now the team can focus on the bit in between.

U16 District – Under 16 District went 3-0 down to Maccabi. Moments before taking the field for a creditable performance in the half line, Holly Armstrong summed it up: 9.45 Sunday morning is not a pleasant time to play a crunch game. You would not have guessed the U16’s were down a couple of payers and missing the inspirational leadership of coach Sammy Kleinschmidt, because they were out of the blocks confidently, controlling the play throughout the first half.

Sean Barry and Flynn Davies were in charge in the midfield, and the defence were also on top. Maccabi scored a minute before the break, and the 1-0 half time score flattered them. Early in the second half they scored again, and it was looking grim. However, the TEM midfield rallied and set up a string of penetrating attacks.

Ben Beischer and Will Kenyon narrowly missed some chances on break aways, and TEM had the Maccabi defenders under siege for the last 15 minutes, but struggled to convert before a final minute Maccabi break away found the net. India Curtain, Tom Drury and guest defender Bailey Macphie were instrumental in the second half revival. While the scoreboard was disappointing there is lots to like about the brand of hockey the team is playing.

U14 Girls Shield – The Under 14 Girls Shield team continued their winning form beating Southern United 4-0 on Friday night. The girls worked hard all over the field putting together an excellent display of teamwork. Goal scorers were Olivia Woods 2, Claire Freeman 1, Annie Davies 1 and Charlotte Ritman 1.

U14 Girls Pennant – The U14 Pennant Girls had a tough 6-0 loss to the top of the table KBH Brumbies. The girls were very competitive in the first half keeping the score to 2-0 and creating plenty of scoring chances. TEM defence held strong for most of the 2nd half, unfortunately the girls had 4 late goals scored against them, but the girls never stopped trying. Well done to Molly in her first game playing goalkeeper and doing a fantastic job under a lot of pressure, a great goalkeeping effort. Next week the team plays Camberwell and can hopefully make the most of their opportunities.

U14 Shield – The Under 14 Mixed Shield team hosted Waverley last Friday night. The team was full of confidence after a convincing win in the previous round at Yarra. However Waverley were also up for the fight as they piled on some early goals. TEM fought back and showed some skill and good match play, however Waverley was too strong running over the top 5-0 winners. The key themes appeared to be turnovers that proved costly for TEM along with facing a faster and bigger Waverley side.

U14 District- U14 District team were up against Powerhouse at Albert Park. With a rocky start putting the team a goal down, it was a fight to get back in the game. Strong tackling from Emma Cheah in defence kept the majority of the balls out of TEM’s backline. With Bennett West controlling the midfield and the two Ross brothers (Oliver and Will) leading up forward, this created many opportunities for the team, even securing a couple of corners.

Finn Allen showing huge improvement this week as he saved the team numerous times by intercepting, tackling and clearing the ball out of the defensive circle. Finishing the game at 1-0 to Powerhouse, TEM would've liked the win but with the team improving week by week there a lots of positives to take away and use in preparation for next Friday.

U12 Girls Shield – U12 Girls finally did it!! The girls sang the club song for the first time this year. After a very even start TEM ended up beating Footscray 4-0. All goals are beautiful but team goals are the best. On at least 2 occasions the ball was passed from deep in defence up into the mid field and worked into the circle then passed off to a player positioned on the post for an easy goal. Now the team has got the idea they can take on Kew again for next week and reverse the score from 2 weeks ago! This result left coach Kris “Bluey” Tulloch very happy this week.

U12 Shield – With the defensive structure beginning to take shape, the U12 Mixed team managed to keep the score down against a strong Footscray outfit.  Next week TEM will further focus on forward plays - and how to link the lines. 

One of the best things about the match on the weekend was that the team’s trusty Team Manager, Jamie, planted a few lemon slices amongst the cut oranges at half time. A good prank - appreciated by the players! U12 Shield look ahead to battling against the team’s co-inhabitants Hawthorn this Saturday.

U12 District Tigers – The Tigers welcomed Gabby McPherson and Kate Laird into the team with both girls bolstering the defensive unit for the Tigers. The Powerhouse team were anything but what their name suggests in their first few games, but with canny Powerhouse recruitment during the week, the Tigers took on a different looking and very determined Powerhouse outfit.

An early goal saw the Tigers go one goal down before a break down the left side saw a Lenny O’Callaghan drive convert to level the scores. The trade mark Tigers defence was working well with Hugh Bourke strong over the ball, Sandy Edmondson providing run and carry, and the padless Hayden MacPhie enjoying the freedom of general play.

A magnificent individual effort with a finish that goal keeper Daniel Suzor, even with the assistance of stepped ladder, could not have reached, saw the Tigers under the pump, followed by a further goal to Powerhouse and the Tigers were down 3 - 1. Coach Victor Romagosa continued to provide plenty of encouragement to his young Tigers and to their credit they kept coming at the Powerhouse providing openings for scoring opportunities.

A ball into the top of the ‘D’ saw Samuel Jackson aim a drive (we’ll call it a pass!!) towards the right hand post, where Tommy McCumiskey (‘Macca’ to his teammates) with perfect anticipation provided a deft stick to deflect home the Tigers 2nd. A goal shortly thereafter to Samuel saw the Tigers level it at 3 all late in the game. With the whistle in the referees mouth Powerhouse once again turned to their main striker, who with considerable determination and individual effort slotted both the team and his 4th goal to grab a last minute win to Powerhouse. Despite the loss the young Tigers encouraged by the coaches held their heads high and continue to show great week to week improvement as a team.

U12 District Lions – This week saw a well-deserved win for the Lions, who started the day with only 8 players. Despite being 3 short the Lions had plenty of attack in the first half. However, an unfortunate breakaway saw a goal to Hawthorn to end the first half 1-0 down. In the second half TEM were able to obtain a couple of extra players from the Tigers and with a full side the second half proved to be a different game. The Lions showed great team work and determination netting 4 goals for a 4-1 win!