TEM Juniors Weekly Review #6


U16 Shield –It was a tough night at the office in the unexpectedly damp conditions at Matlock Park. TEM started well with a couple of scoring opportunities in the first 5 minutes that they couldn't quite grasp. After that it was 50 minutes of one way traffic, as Camberwell slotted 5 unanswered goals.

Due largely to Kobe Dudley's relentless resistance in the centre of the ground the U16 Shield team mounted a series of late attacks, but goals eluded them. There are no easy games in the Shield NW competition this year. Friday's match illustrated that if the team sits back and "ball watch" things can turn very ugly very quickly, but it also showed that if TEM are on their game and running for each other the team can turn any opposition inside out. The team will need more of the latter when they face ladder leaders Essendon at home after the long weekend. Enjoy the break, team!

U16 District –Had a 7-0 loss, however this week again was another improvement. With only 11 players against the top side, the kids did really well. Tom Drury was a star in the net with plenty of other players also holding strong down back against a relentless Camberwell team. TEM even made a few strong runs up front with several strikers looking good!

U14 Girls Shield –The TEM Under 14 girls made it five wins from five matches with a hard fought 2-0 win over Camberwell on Friday night. The match was an exciting encounter remaining evenly balanced at 0-0 at half time. The girls continued to work hard in the second half, the defence was excellent and the forwards started to create more opportunities fishing with two second half goals. Well done to the girls on a top win!! Player of the match went to Claire Freedman and the goal scorers were Olivia Woods and Camyrn Bailey.

U14 Girls Pennant – U14 Girls Pennant had a close 2-0 loss to Camberwell. The girls managed to remain competitive in the first half despite only having 10 players. Everyone improved in getting back to defend and marking their players, however a few scrappy plays in the second half resulted in Camberwell scoring. For the team’s next game they are looking to improve the way the girls outlet the ball from the defence in order to open up the play and keep the ball out from the defensive circle. In two weeks TEM have a home game against Mornington Peninsula and can hopefully get some more points on the board!

U14 Shield – A tough day at the office for the U14 Shield team as they played a well drilled Camberwell outfit. Although the result was not one the team wanted, they did take a few positive things away from the game. 

1. The team has to value the ball.

2. 100% effort is the minimum required to give to be competitive.

3. Playing simple hockey is the best hockey.

The team will be looking to implement these things over the next few weeks.

U14 District- The team started playing really well in the first 15 minutes and managed to be up front by 2 goals. The opposition started a high and tight press to push TEM defense into making make some mistakes, and they got one goal then shortly after managed to tie the game off a penalty corner. TEM were playing a really offensive game but were unable to take the lead again and one fats counterattack left TEM 1 goal down. The final score was 3 - 4 but the coaches want to congratulate the whole team on a really good effort and playing some really good hockey!

U12 Girls Shield – The TEM U12 Shield girls have improved a lot in 2 weeks! They played Kew again this week. The girls lost 2-1 last time but this time they won, with a beautiful straight hit off a short corner. The team is now looking for a hat trick of wins. Every week everyone is improving and the team work is getting better. Enjoy the long weekend and look forward to the next game!

U12 Shield – The U12 Shield lads came up with their own goal of trying to minimise the score line - and although that sounds like a negative approach, it was actually a sensible aim against a strong Hawthorn team. This led to discussions about what strategies could be employed to try to reach this goal. Despite a 0-10 walloping, it was apparent that the cogs are starting to spin, and the boys are realising that that there is cerebral aspect to this game of hockey!

Their coach is so impressed regarding how this team now initiates its own warm-up routine, and completes the process without prompting. Have a well-earned break over the long weekend. Give a hip hip hooray to QEII, and the team will tackle the next challenge of Powerhouse in a week's time!

U12 District Tigers – It was still dark on Saturday morning when your correspondent woke with the stark realisation shortly thereafter, as light broke through, that drizzly overcast conditions would greet the young Tigers for their all-important Round 6 clash with the co-tenants Hawthorn. Any thought of negativity in your correspondents mind, around conditions, was quickly dispelled by coach Braden Pitcher who declared these were his ‘favourite' conditions. Oh the power of positive thinking!!

The Hawks were looking for their first win of the season, whilst the Tigers were keen to build on their good performance the previous week. The Tigers welcomed back key defender Sky Richardson and the introduction of the attacking Emma De Jong for her first appearance with the Tigers.

In a congested opening the Tigers pressed and took significant field position but could not convert their chances. TEM began taking more control of the game, and soon were awarded a short corner, that was perfectly executed and saw Sandy Edmondson drive in the first goal.  A second followed shortly thereafter - a slap in general play from Sandy, his second.
Positional changes at half time challenged the Tigers, with coaches keen for Tigers to play in different positions as part of their overall development. Instructions were also to spread the ball wide to stretch the opposition and change the ‘bees around a honey pot’ style of play that encapsulated the first half. This opened up the play for running players De Jong and Hardy both showing creativity and control to bring their teammates into the game.

A sharp passing movement in the ‘D’ saw the ‘strong over the ball’ Burke slap one past the goal keeper to register his first for the season. Whilst at the back Richardson and Auwardt were mopping up anything that got though. A late penalty stoke to the Hawks saw the final score 3-1. The Tigers belting out the club song for the second time this season.

U12 District Lions – This week was a disappointing week for the Under 12 Lions. With 10 players and against a strong MCC side the boys really had to work hard and make the most of their opportunities. Despite going down 10-1 the boys were able to string together some excellent sections of play, one of which resulted in a goal to Sam Edney. A special mention goes to Daniel Suzor who had a tremendous game in goals, stopping countless shots!