Mens Vic League 1 - TEM hosted Yarra in a vital clash for the 2016 season. TEM were looking to move above Yarra on the ladder and into second spot. TEM started the game well, turning Yarra over on a number of occasions and creating a number of scoring opportunities. In his return into the first team, Mitch Eager opened TEM’s account, knocking a ball in the back of the net from a goalmouth scrap. TEM continued to apply the pressure and create opportunities.
Yarra’s defense held and created a number of counterattack opportunities. Against the flow of play, Yarra were awarded a penalty corner which they converted leaving the score at 1 all. Yarra, quickly gaining momentum converted a second corner to lead 2-1, after which TEM settled and took back control of the game, with Tom Casey equalising leaving the scores at 2 all at half time. The second half saw Yarra control the game for the opening ten minutes, until a turnover saw Yarra convert and take a 3-2 lead. Not deterred TEM worked their way back on top and created a number of chances. On a counterattack Yarra were awarded a stroke, which Adam Bailey saved brilliantly, keeping the home side in the match. Despite a number of excellent chances, TEM could not convert and went down 3-2, leaving them third on the ladder with six games to play.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – The last game of the day for this home round was on H1 with the Reserves playing against arch rivals Yarra in what is always a fiery encounter. TEM dominated the play early on, with Yarra looking dangerous on the counter attack. Charlie Blanchard hit the scoreboard with a solid finish, however a plethora of chances went missing for TEM in the first half, with Yarra scoring off an unlucky deflection off a short corner.
Just after halftime a quick build up allowed Yarra to score again and take the lead. Unfortunately the Reserves couldn’t find the equaliser and ended up in their 2nd loss for the season. The boys will rally and look to bounce back for the next match, playing away against Casey next week.
Mens Pennant A - Pennant A completed a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Greensborough at home on Saturday afternoon. It was a satisfying day out after a disappointing loss to the same team earlier in the season. The win puts TEM back into the top four with finals now looking a real chance. Next week will be a real test coming up against ladder leaders Footscray away next Saturday afternoon.
Mens Pennant C - Round 12 took the TEM Pennant C team to the State Netball and Hockey Centre for a 6:30 PM game against Casey. The pitch was un-watered before the game and was very bouncy, leading to many turnovers for both teams. Braden Pitcher on his return stepped in to help the forward pack, who had a great game. TEM managed to put the pressure on early and earn a few penalty corners, David Welsh coming away with a deflection. Greg Watson managed to thump a one-touch hit from the top of the D into the backboard giving TEM a 2 - 0 lead before half time.
The scoring continued with Braden putting another one away and Will Elder diving for a deflection near the spot to seal the game. The final score ended up TEM winning 4-0. Next week Pennant C play Footscray.
Mens Metro Blue – TEM Metro Blue had a hard fought game, but unfortunately went down this week 3-1.
Mens Metro Red - TEM Metro Red were slow out of the blocks this week against Powerhouse, going down by two quick goals. Persistent effort was rewarded with TEM rapidly leveling the score, before running out 4-2 winners to move to third on the table.
Womens Premier League – The Premier League Women notched up their third win for the season against Southern United this round. Previously the teams had met with a 3-3 draw, however this time TEM over powered SU to take the game away 3-1.
TEM dominated most of the game, and were unlucky not to score more, as several balls went past the far post untouched. Goals went to international Courtney Hansford (2) and Jess Lucas. Young Bronte Hough stepped upyet again at the back for the team, while Rachael King made her debut. The girls have a tough match ahead this week as they take on ladder leaders Greensborough.
Womens Premier League Reserves – The Reserves pulled off their FIRST win of the season vs Southern this week. A fantastic result after many disappointments and close scores. The final score was 3-1, with ALL three goals were effortlessly hit in off short corners by Rachael King, someone who has continually grown throughout the season.
TEM had Olivia wood steaming up the midfield earning her second 2XU-Hi Performance player of the day for the season, working with Jacquie Lawson and Jess Jacobs creating opportunities up forward while Bec Haining kept things under control in defence. The team has been working together well under the hard working captain Laura Tulloch - and can't wait for next round for their next opportunity for a win.
Womens Pennant A - As they do in the AFL, organisers occasionally shift blockbuster games to bigger venues that can cater for the huge crowds those teams draw. So naturally Pennant A had to trek to the SNHC when EVERY other TEM team played at home in what was a brilliantly successful round for the girls!
So with TEM’s 7 supporters in the stands who kicked in their $4.10 to the SNHC coffers for the privilege, the girls set out to uphold Victor Romagosa’s reputation and achieve Kris Tulloch's goal of 1 win out of 3 games in her absence. Playing MCC who previously beat the team 3-1, the girls were grateful for the services of Danni Seiwaa as they welcomed her back in her first game for 2016. Plus Caeli Bussell and Clare Freeman stepped up to play PA. It was a strong performance all round and although TEM didn't convert, they also held out MCC for a 0-0 draw and went back over the bridge fairly satisfied. 1 point is better than none and every point is vital in PA this season.
Womens Pennant C - WPC were ready for another win Saturday evening against Knox. Off the back of an excellent game last week, the girls were ready for more. Home ground advantage on TEM side, Knox were looking a lot more switched on than last time the team faced them but it wasn't enough. 2-0 to TEM was the final score, with both goals from talented backs Lue Hansen and Trish “Dish” Young! Another win on the board and another three points, keep this up!
Womens Metro Red – On a sunny winter’s day, TEM Metro Red had the numbers, and the belief that they could win against Southern United who were second on the ladder with only one loss so far for the season. For most of the game, TEM had a good portion of the play through the middle, but were unable to convert in the circle. Eliza Shrimpton made some great saves in goal but with a lapse in the cover defence early on in the second half, SU scored a field goal and the score remained unchanged at the final whistle.
Well done to everyone and thanks to the enthusiastic juniors and new faces that helped the team out, given some absences in the usual line up! A very respectable effort that the team can carry forward with greater confidence into the next game.
Womens Metro Blue – Round 12 saw Metro Blue face top of the ladder OHA. Last time up against OHA, the result was a loss of 6-0, a very fast game which TEM unfortunately couldn't keep up with. However this weekend's pre-game chat from the coaches and a pep talk by Kim Davies saw TEM Blue come out very strong in the first ten minutes, completely taking OHA by surprise. The defensive press set up was simply impenetrable, leaving OHA's fullback dumfounded on where to play the ball, resulting in many possession turnovers to the girl’s favour.
TEM lost their way a little bit after the first ten minutes, and left a few opposition players unmarked in defence, leading to two quick goals against the girls. The score remained 0-2 at halftime, where TEM composed themselves and received another great pep talk by Kim Davies. Fired up and ready to go in the second half, the girls found their momentum again and were a real threat. The press was strong and the second efforts even stronger. The goal post was TEM’s friend this round, with Kim Davies scoring two convincing deflections, both from strong short corner hits. Another goal snuck in by Sally Catchlove beautifully put TEM in the lead 3-2. OHA stepped up their intensity, desperate to score, however the girls continued to form a strong defensive press and maintained the score until the final whistle!
Palma Casonato made several sensational saves this round, most notably against a stroke which her stick skilfully spared from crossing the line in the very right corner. Overall a very exciting and satisfying game to play, continuing Blues winning streak three games in a row!