The second half of the season is now under way, and the TEM Premier League Women started off well with a 3-2 win over MCC, while there were two more TEM vs TEM match ups for the club’s Metro teams. All in all, TEM came out the winner!
Mens Vic League 1 – The Men’s VL1 side were keen for revenge after losing to Frankston a few weeks earlier. The boys finally started strongly and put Frankston under immense pressure from the opening whistle. After several missed opportunities Gus Gillespie converted with a classy deflection over the keepers head. Despite all attempts to hit the goal keeper, Hughie McLaughlin was able to slot the team’s second goal whilst making it look very difficult in the process. The lads are looking forward to putting in another solid performance against Old Xavs next week.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – A Saturday venture down to Frankston without super coach Andy Haining (who was recovering from knee surgery) was an opportunity for the TEM Reserves to show their maturity and discipline against a tough opponent. The boys came out with a strong start to the match with the pressure on Frankston's defence unrelentingly. Early on it was 2-0 to TEM after some great work from Cam "Papa C" Mclaughlin & Andrew "I miss Daz" Mills.
The second half was played in a similar mentality with TEM continuing to pile the pressure on the Frankston defence and the icing on the cake coming with 10 minutes to go Mitch "Top Knot" Eager, with a master class of close stick work in front of the keeper finishing some great assist work from Jonny “Farmer J” Rea. Another win keeps the pressure on top spot Mentone with the boys looking forward to the Old Xavs challenge next round.
Mens Pennant A – A disappointing Sunday night for the Pennant A boys. After a tough couple of weeks they were hoping the Queen’s Birthday weekend off would give TEM the necessary R&R to come back rearing for a win. TEM had a number of late chances, but were unable to convert, with the final result a 2-1 loss against MCC. With an upcoming Sunday afternoon away game against Camberwell the boysare looking at heading into the second half of the season with renewed vigor and some of the tenacity they started the season off with!
Mens Pennant C – This week Pennant C (8th) faced Monash University (9th) at Monash. This week saw the debut of import Lewis Jecketts, who proved himself quite handy. TEM took control of the game early but never quite got used to the bounciness of the pitch leading to trapping errors in the attack. The boys maintained control of the pace of the game and kept a majority of possession in the first half, however goals went begging as the ball deflected off of the inside of the post and despite winning a string of penalty corners TEM were unable to find the net.
At half time the scores were level at 0 - 0, but not for lack of trying on TEM’s part. The second half was similar to first with TEM maintaining dominance of the ball and the field. Lewis, obviously not happy with the team just keeping possession with no goals to show, took it upon himself to score not one but two beautiful tomahawk goals, but still this wasn't enough. Lewis once again made his way into the D, creating some space with a neat drag and firing away a third to finish with a hat-trick on debut. In all a solid 3 - 0 win for Pennant C, with a strong showing from a player new to the club and another display of our boys’ ability to dominate possession and control a game.
Mens Metro B Blueand Red – After weeks nof build up, and plenty of friendly needling, 6th place TEM Red stepped out against 1st place TEM Blue. Metro Red started the match at a frantic pace, playing their best hockey of the season to enter half time with a 3-1 lead. The second half proved much the same, as TEM Red ran away with a 6-1 upset!
Mens Masters- TEM 35As drew with Greensborough 1-1 and have moved up to 6th on the ladder. The 35Bs had a win against Old Xaverians 3-1and have moved up to 6th on the ladder as well. The TEM 45Ds Men had a bye and remain top of the ladder 7 points ahead of second, while the 50Bs had a win against Brunswick 3-0 and are now comfortably 4th on the ladder.
Womens Premier League – TEM Premier League Women came out very determined to turn their run of draws into a win last week against MCC. Having only recently come up against MCC the girls knew what to expect and were well prepared after a tough week of training.
MCC opened the scoring with a powerful high shot in second phase play on a penalty corner. TEM came back through a Fran "Finally got a goal" Flores Cariola toma at the top of the D! A tough battle ensued, with MCC scoring again, however the girls fought back hard and scored through Gemma "A goal a week at least" Donataccio and a Darci Kleinschmidt special flick. TEM took the game 3-2, defending well until the end with a last second penalty corner keeping the nerves high until the end of the game, and sung the song loud and proud for their second win of the season!
Womens Premier League Reserves – This week the Reserves faced off a tough MCC side. Although the scoreboard didn't look too great at the final whistle with a 4-2 loss, the Reserves stayed strong throughout the match and fought back even when the goals came against them. Annabel Kennedy won the '2XU Hi-Performance Visor' award this week for her inspiring field goal that saw her take on the MCC goalie solo! TEM earnt lots of short corners and also scored off one, which is a fantastic improvement from weeks past. The girls gladly welcomed Therese McArthur back into the side after injury, and she provided some great saves.
Womens Pennant A – It was an important game for Women’s Pennant A this weekend. A win would ensure the team frog leap over opposition St. Kilda/Powerhouse and move out of the bottom four. St. Kilda Powerhouse sunk one in early which was enough to wake up the girls. TEM responded with a goal before half time, this one a beautiful goal scored by Charlotte Ritman following a perfect cross by Georgia Bird. Following Kris Tulloch’s advice to treat this game as a grand final TEM came back from half-time with a bundle of energy.
It wasn’t the prettiest performance but the effort was as high as it has been. The team were thankful to have Bec Haining join us who managed to convert the winning goal off a PC to bring the final score to 2-1.
Womens Pennant C – Pennant C Women went down to Melbourne High on Sunday evening ready to have a win against equal pointed MCC. Not too fazed by the late start time the girls started hard and managed to keep up the intensity for the majority of the match. Some excellent saves by Angie Ngo in goal and some of the best defensive work of the season from the entire team saw MCC goalless. Unfortunately both teams were a match for each other and the final score was 0-0, ending the game still with equal points. Halfway through the season, the girls are ready for an even better second half!
Womens Metro A Red – Metro Red played Metro Blue on Saturday. TEM were all wanting a good hard game to distract the girls from the fact that it didn’t really feel like our training buddies made a good opposition (ie. all love no hate!).
After a close first half TEM Red overcame the girls in the second half and won 5-1. The Blue girls should not be disappointed - while things may not have gone their way, they were undermanned and there was lots of positives they can take into the rest of this season and build on into the future.
Womens Metro A Blue – TEM Blue v TEM Red this round. What was thought to be a fun, friendly game turned out to be an unexpectedly tough match. With several players out this round, Blue struggled to find their rhythm as a team. Although the girls went down with a loss of 5-1, everyone held their heads up high and used the opportunity to gain confidence in skill work and switching. Sally Catchlove had an excellent run all the way from midfield, which she finished off with an unstoppable goal.
Womens Masters – Women’s Masters 35’s B beat Knox 6-0. The highlight of the match for Linda Macaffrey was running from the half way line into the D to pass it off to Emma Clarke for an attempt at goal. Linda is one of the full backs so it was definitely unusual for her to be up in attack! Knox made the look like the Hockeyroos, as every player was able to zip pass multiple players with ease. The score didn't reflect TEM’s dominance as the Knox goalie was very good and saved many balls flying at her.