This weekend saw the top TEM Men’s teams take part in the Stand Out Cup hosted by Old Xavier, an event to help combat homophobia and transphobia within our sport. The Vic League 1 match ended up a tight 2-2 draw, with plenty of nail biting action in both attacking circles.
Bec Hood played her 200th match for the Premier League Women, while the Women’s Reserves picked up another point in a tough draw against Hawthorn who are sitting up the top of the table.
Mens Vic League 1 – Old Xavier hosted TEM’s at Koonung Secondary College in the annual Stand Up Cup. TEM had the better of the first half, controlling the ball across the park. The team created a number of opportunities to score and did so through Jonny Rea in his debut for the VL1 side. At half time the score was 1-0.
In the second half, TEM were looking to lift their intensity and take the game away from the lowly Xavs. Old Xavier however had other ideas. A midfield turn over resulted in a terrific solo goal that saw the scores tied at 1-1. Moments later, Xavier scored again through Alex Besson, leaving a shocked TEM down 2-1. This spurred TEM into action, who created a number of opportunities, with Tom Casey scoring a field goal to level the match at 2-2. The remainder of the half was a scrap. Both sides created a number of opportunities to no avail. Credit must go to Keepers Adam Bailey and McDonald Moss who made a number of key saves to keep their respective sides in the game. Final score 2-2.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – A late Saturday game, with Adam Bails’ Birthday Bash only a few hours later, was always going to be a big ask for the Reserves to keep their heads in the game. Old Xavs obviously had a number of players out and TEMs set a cracking pace in the first half and dominated play. After a first half with 3 goals already on the scoreboard, TEMs fell away seemingly content with the win and minds on beers, cake and getting out of the cold. The final score was 7-0 with Andrew “Millsy” Mills leading the goal scoring with 4, Cam “Cambo” McLaughlin 1, Patrick “Pat” Cassidy 1 (penalty stroke) and Kobe Dudley 1. Millsy was keen to ensure that everyone is aware he is now up to 17 for the year.
Mens Pennant A –Keen to bounce back from a disappointing performance the previous week, the Pennant A boys were ready for a hard fought contest on Sunday vs Camberwell. Having drawn with them in round 1 the team knew they had what it took to take the 3 points. Unfortunately a slow start to the game and a lapse in defence left the team down 0-1 within the first 15 minutes, and the remaining half saw the successful defence of multiple short corners as the Camberwell team piled on the pressure. Just before half time TEM managed to earn their first offensive short corner, which after a quick trap and hit by Andrew Needham was saved by the keeper our newest English import Lewis Jecketts pounced on the rebound and put it in the back of the net, bringing the score line to 1-1 at halftime.
After a rousing halftime rev up by Rob MacPhie they boys were ready to take control of the second half of the game. After some sustained TEMs pressure and some close misses on short corners, Greg Koster expertly delivered a cross to the back post which was deflected by Matt Stewart for his first goal since under 9s, and which he later informed us that he had his eyes closed for! TEM continued to pile on the pressure to no avail as the scoreline was maintained at 2-1. With 10 minutes remaining the Camberwell team didn't let up and had the majority of the attacking play for remainder of the game but the TEMs defence held strong. The match finished in a 2-1 win. Congratulations to Lewis Jecketts and Che Talbot on making their Pennant A debuts.
Mens Pennant C –The Pennant C Men played against top of the table Camberwell at Koonung, Sunday afternoon in cold, dry conditions. Looking to improve upon their first encounter with Camberwell in round 1 which saw them walk away with a 6-2 win, the boys fought hard but couldn't repeat the past three weeks domination of possession. Most of the play took place everywhere except the TEM attacking 25 with many turnovers making the boys work hard in defence.
The first 15 minutes were Camberwell's, putting our boys under a lot of pressure, but TEM turned it around and had more of the play before half time, working the ball up the field and trying to make the most of the opportunities granted to them. At half time Camberwell had a 1 - 0 lead. TEM seemed to lose the momentum the team had built towards the end of the first half and again seemed under pressure at the back, Camberwell earning a few short corners early on and scoring from a layoff. Nick Lockwood managed to put one away for TEM, but it wasn't enough to shift the game in their favour as Camberwell scored again soon after. At full time Camberwell were once again victorious, this time by a smaller margin 3 - 1.
Next round Pennant C take on Doncaster on H2, Saturday the 9th. The last game against Doncaster was very close, they scored a goal in the final seconds to steal a 2 - 1 win, so it should be a good one to watch!
Mens Metro B Blue – TEM Metro Blue Men took on Old Melburnians who took away the game 3-1, despite TEM Blue dominating much of the play. TEM had plenty of opportunities to score but didn't put the goals on board, however Ben Amor scoreda great goal for the highlights.
Mens Masters- In TEM Men’s Masters this week the 35As lost to MUHC 0-5 and are 7th on the ladder. The 35Bs soundly beat KBH Brumbies Red 3-1 and moved to 5th on the ladder. TEM 45Ds trounced Doncaster 8-0 and remain top of the ladder with 48 goals for and 3 against, a great scoring record so far!
Womens Premier League –After a fantastic win the week before, the TEM WPL team were looking to maintain their strong form and once again pressure a top four team. With midfielder Bec Hood playing her 200th senior game for the club, the girls were keen to work hard. The first half against Hawthorn was a spirited battle, with both sides defending well and maintaining a clean scoresheet going into half time, with the teams tied at 0-0. Hawthorn managed to score early in the second half with a handy deflection, and then pushed the score to 2-0 after a corner. Fast forward play resulted in TEM going down 4-0, but a sharp deflection from Gemma Donataccio put the score at 4-1.
Womens Premier League Reserves – As the Reserves Captain Laura Tulloch stated "Today is a good day for an upset" - and it was almost the case. After a string of disappointing results the Reserves drew with a strong Hawthorn side. An early goal set up by Bronte Hough allowed a positive start to the game (Bronte was also voted Hi-Vis Performance Player of the Day). With Laura in the midfield connecting up with Annabel Kennedy and Jess Jacobs up forward creating opportunities and finding shots. Rachael King scored TEM’s second goal with her hard straight hit. It was a fantastic team game, with everyone bringing the intensity. The girls have doubled their points for the season, and look forward to continuing this momentum vs Camberwell next weekend.
Womens Pennant A –Women’s Pennant A had a tough match on the weekend against top-of-the-table Hawthorn. Whilst the determination was there, and the efforts across the team couldn't have been better, Hawthorn managed to convert at almost every opportunity. TEM got extremely close to scoring at one point but just couldn't finish. Final score was a disappointing 5-0. After a rest this weekend it's onwards and upwards against Mentone in a fortnight.
Womens Pennant C –WPC went down to newly merged KBH on a sunny Saturday afternoon hoping to one-up them this time round. A great start initiated by Lou Hansen pumped everyone up but the girls fell flat early and unfortunately stayed there. A stroke awarded against TEM in the second half put KBH up 1-0 and although there were opportunities and attempts the girls just couldn't convert. Let's hope for a better round 11.
Womens Metro A Blue –Metro Blue were excited and ready for a win on Sunday against Collegians at Monash. Thank you to our Junior fill-ins who made a huge contribution to the team. TEM scored early- a magnificent goal by Kim Davie followed by another one just on half time giving the team a 2-1 lead. Another great deflection put the girls in the lead 3-1. Collegians then scored leaving a tight score line but TEM got one back through some great individual forward running! Was great to sing the song- a great team win!