Mens Vic League 1 - TEM hosted Geelong in a must win game for season 2016. As with previous weeks TEM started slowly, with the game remaining even for the first 15 minutes. After consistent attack TEM opened their scoring through a Hugh McLaughlin drag flick. TEM then controlled the play for much of the first half with Geelong only dangerous on the counterattack. Geelong's resilience resulted in a late first half goal leaving the scores locked at 1 all at half time.
After some strong words from coach Ian Kleinsmidt, TEM responded. The first 20 minutes of the second half saw an avalanche of goals with TEM putting four past Geelong's defence. Cam McLaughlin, returning from injury, netted two with Jonny Rae and Tom Casey bagging one each. TEM would hold out to win 5-1, cementing their spot in the top four.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – On what can only be described as a perfect Winter’s day for hockey, the Reserves were out to start a home round of hockey with a win against fierce competitors in Geelong. The expectation of a tough match didn't disappoint with TEM managing to get the better of general play early on. Andy "Hungry as Ever" Mills opened the scoring midway through the half with some tidy work within the circle, however against the run of play Geelong pulled a goal back to level the scores at halftime.
With TEM continuing to dominate the play and control the game, they were unable to find the killer instinct within the circle and convert a number of opportunities. Geelong on a quick counter attack managed to take the lead with 15 minutes to go and lead 2-1. Continuing the pressure TEM couldn’t find the net, until they scraped back with a last minute equaliser from Cam "Sunburnt" Belza off a short corner. A disappointing result for the boys, however they will be looking to bounce back with a good result next week against rivals Yarra Valley.
Mens Metro Blue –Metro Blue took on a tough team in MCC this weekend. However, MCC were missing players and were vey understrength this week, and TEM were able to dominate much of the game, with a final score of 5-0.
Mens Metro Red - TEM Metro Red Men travelled to the SHC to take on top of the table Old Melburnians this week. The game started with well with Andrew Rainer scoring on a short corner right under the goalie’s foot, and the game continued to be played on TEM terms, keeping OM's stuck in their own 25 for most the first half. Great pressure was applied by youngesters, and the second TEM goal was scored off another short corner. The second half was more of the same, with TEM scoring two more goals to seal an impressive 4-0 win and tighten the gap between the top 6 sides even further.
Womens Premier League - Round 11 saw TEM Premier League women take on Essendon Ladies at home. Essendon is a strong team who have consistently made finals over a number of years. TEM came out firing creating many chances up front, finally putting one away and taking a 1-0 lead. A turn over in TEM's attacking half, resulted in a quick transfer of play and a goal for Essendon. This meant a 1-1 tie at half time. A stunning tomahawk goal from international Fran Flores saw TEM take the lead in the second half. Unfortunately Essendon responded in the last couple of minutes leaving the final score 2-2. TEM are looking to put a win on the board next week when they take on Southern United.
Womens Premier League Reserves – It was the second match up this week vs Essendon for the Reserves. The girls scored a season high of 3 goals and these were all off short corners - two for Rachael King (2XU - Hi-Performance player of the day) - and a skillful deflection for Jacquie Lawson. Young guns Olivia Wood and Charlotte Ritman also hi-performed in the midfield, demonstrating great skill and speedy legs. TEM were up 3-2 with 5 minutes to go. Essendon then scored quickly with a field goal - equalising at 3-3. Essendon applied significant pressure and earnt a short corner that played out on the final siren - which resulted in a stroke to be given after the siren. The girls narrowly went down 4-3, a very close and disappointing result, but with their heads up the team looks forward to the opportunity to win next weekend.
Womens Pennant A - With Kris “Grumpy” Tulloch still overseas and Victor Romagose taking over the reins for the second week, the team had a 4 point plan and needed to beat Mentone. TEM did it last time on Mentone’s sandpit and should have done it again. The girls had their chances, but Mentone were a stronger and better side this time and TEM went down 3-1. Highlights included a nice deflection goal by Emma Barham and the team’s very official vote collectors 'Sam & Ben Bowden' who are in training for Brownlow Night. The team need to win this third match to achieve Kris' goal and to save Victor's reputation. Hopefully this week with a huge crowd at SNHC and some of Sandy's delicious slice she's going to bake, the girls can get a win over MCC.
Womens Pennant C – The TEM Pennant C girls were ready for an exciting match Saturday afternoon to celebrate team mate Lue Hanson's 200th game for the club. Up against Doncaster on equal points the girls came out hard early and unlike previous games TEM managed to hold the intensity as a team for most of the match leading to a much needed 2-0 win. Goals from Fran Moodie and Eliza Berryman who filled in for us this week. WPC is a happy team at the moment ready for a good game against Knox next week at home.
Womens Metro Red – TEM Metro Red braved the rain and cold on a Sunday evening this week to tackle Waverley. The girls started well and had plenty of great attacking work and some wonderful passing from Mary “Lofty” Lofthouse, Liz Eager and Leesa Needham. Waverley sunk a couple unfortunately, and while TEM clawed one back off a penalty corner, they unfortunately went down 3-1. Great to see some stunning performances from Eliza Shrimpton and Natasha Pollard.
Womens Metro Blue – TEM Blue had a fantastic win on Sunday, reversing the 1-4 loss from the first time the team met Bayside to a 4-1 win. Early on the girls knew which players to target and which games of play would work to their advantage. The inners found lots of space up forward and utilised that space to create some really great attack. Although at times TEM were a bit static and slow on their feet, once the girls found their momentum they were hard to stop. Goal scorers for the day were Sally Catchlove, Bailey Ryan, and two from Kim Davies. Special mention to Eliza McLaughlin for setting up almost of all the goals! TEM’s naturally defensive style of play is slowly morphing into an attacking style, which is finally starting to translate into more goals and more wins. Great work Blue!