TEM Juniors Weekly Review #7


Some good work from the TEM Juniors section this round as we start into the second half of the season! Game of the week was when the TEM U12 Tigers and Lions had another battle to find the King of the Jungle….

U16 Shield – Last Friday the TEM U16 Shield team lined up against the undefeated ladder leader: Essendon with an average of 11 goals per game and who have only conceded one goal. Essendon came out all guns blazing and the scoreboard was looking unattractive very early on: 8-0 at half time and it didn’t get any prettier in the second half.

When you’re beaten double digits to nil, there’s usually no silver linings. However, in this case it was not all bad – Essendon has been destroying all comers this season, and not many other clubs have done any better than TEM in terms of results on the scoreboard.

After the match the Essendon coach mentioned that most teams they’ve played have given up and stacked their defence, but the TEM team was still mounting attacks right until the end – points for determination. Unsurprisingly, our goalkeeper Alex Patterson saw plenty of action (and got the votes from the opposition team manager!). The good news is that for the next 8 rounds every opponent will be easier than Essendon, and now the team has 9 games to work on for the up-set of the season in Round 18.

U16 District – The U16 TEM District team played their best game of the year, picking up their first points of the year with a 3-3 draw. With 2 goals and numerous other chances TEM could have easily have come away with the 3 points. The team played well in the midfield creating some great opportunities and were also looking solid down back.

U14 Girls Shield - The Under 14 Girls Shield team had a great win over second placed Doncaster on Friday night. The girls put on an excellent display of team work and were solid in both attack and defence, running away winners 4-1. Goal scorers were Charlotte Ritman, Camryn Bailey, Milly Brown and Olivia woods.

U14 Girls Pennant – U14 Girls had a 3-1 loss to Mornington Peninsula. Well done to the girls on scoring their first goal of the season!! It was very well deserved after coming so close on many occasions throughout the season. After an impressive first half with lots of midfield possession TEM managed to get the first goal on the board. The girls went into the second half hoping to consolidate a win but unfortunately Mornington found a few too many opportunities to score. With 3 goals against TEM in the second half the girls will be looking improve the way they clear the ball from the circle to concede less corners. By getting more numbers back and more players supporting the ball carrier going forward the team should be ready to notch up their first win!

U14 District- The U14 Mixed team had a great win over Hawthorn. A slow start lead to the team being 0-1 down at half time. The team fought back and created lots of opportunities in front of the goal with a couple of corners and breakaways. They were rewarded for their efforts with two goals in the second half to finish off the game ahead at 2-1. With some brilliant performances from Finn Allen on the half line and Noah Murphy playing his first game on field -scoring goals instead of saving them for a change! Also a big thank you and solid performance from Will Tadgell for stepping up as goalkeeper.

U12 Girls Shield – U12 Girls had another great game as they won 2-1 against Waverley. This is another team that beat TEM the first time, but the team is really starting to play well together. TEM had many goal scoring opportunities and the defence was very strong.

U12 Shield – This week the coach was absent - filling her head with useless facts on a work course. The team was ably coached by Jamie - who led them to a 2-2 draw against Powerhouse. Thanks to Lucy Dunlop and Sophie Hillemacher who doubled-up to bolster numbers.  Next match is vs Altona at the State Hockey Centre - the troops played well against this team last time. Bring it on!

U12 District Tigers and Lions – Another tough week for the U12 TEM Tigers as they fought it out against the TEM Lions. Both teams played hard but overall the Lions came out with the win 4-1. Both teams will continue to put in the miles at training to get some points on the board!