U16 Shield – The U16 Shield team faced Hawthorn in the battle of the co-tenants with the "prime time" rostering of 9pm. Hawthorn was still smarting from their unanticipated 1-0 loss last time. TEM knew it would be a spirited encounter between two very even sides, and that's how it played out. It was a welcome return to form for the TEM team, with greater focus, better structure, and more determined hockey than they have played for a while.
TEM stuck to their plan, particularly coming out of defence and controlling the Hawthorn outlets with the press.
The game see sawed in the midfield, with Luke Westmore and Jai Lockwood turning back the Hawthorn "runners" and setting-up the forwards with some penetrating passes. Meanwhile the team’s defence of Kobe Dudley, Cam Murray, Marcus Cameron and Josh Woodbridge was as tight as it has been all year. In the end, between the two sides there was really only one convincing shot at goal all night, but unfortunately it was a one-time slash by a Hawthorn forward. No shame in a 1-0 loss when it's quality hockey.
Let's take that standard down the highway to Geelong next match. Thanks again to Luke Graven for a double-up fill in again this week. One last addition to the U16 Shield report; special thanks to the senior men's players who came down to cheer on the U16s. It gave the kids a buzz to have the extra support in a crunch game.
U16 District – On what was probably the coldest night of the year, the TEM U16 Gazelle's were in flying form completing the warm up in some of the best form of the year. Defence down the back was held strongly by TEM, and the team was getting good ball through the middle. The team also had a few promising attempts up front. Over all it was a good game from the TEM kids - better luck next week!
U14 Girls Shield - The Under 14 Girls Shield put on another great display of hockey on Friday and remain undefeated this season beating second placed Footscray 4-0! Another great team effort. Well done girls.
U14 Girls Pennant – Although the Under 14 Pennant side had a very narrow (1-0) loss this week against Knox with an unlucky short corner goal, there is no reason to be disappointed! With the most attacking play seen all season against a very strong side, it's clear the girls are finally starting to incorporate the key elements that have been lacking from their game. TEM were continuously able to create space for themselves in the midfield, especially Faith Cullinan who had her best game yet.
U14 Shield – The U14 TEM Shield team battled it out with Hawthorn on Friday night. While good movement from Hawthorn saw them take the lead 1-0 to the half time break, TEM answered back with a goal of their own and peppered the goals for a large portion of the half. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with promising signs to build upon.
U14 District - In what was one of the best performances of the season TEM U14 District beat Hawthorn 8 - 0. The team played fantastically as a team, and were playing really good attacking hockey. Congratulations to all the team for their effort and great game, with special congrats to Andre Dao on his first PC Goal after training hard last Wednesday. GO TEMS!
U12 Girls Shield – The TEM U12 Girls unfortunately lost this week. TEM played against a team with some very skilful players who scored 2 short corner goals. While the girls did have many chances to score they were unable to put one in the net. The team still needs to work on team work and shooting at goal.
U12 Shield –After last week's somewhat lack-lustre affair, the U12 Shield boys came to H1 with renewed energy and effort. Having been previously pummelled by top of the table Hawthorn, TEM were hoping to minimise the influence of certain aspects of their game plan. The team found themselves in unfamiliar territory of being in front at half time (2-1 ). This was due to better holding of structure, and good contesting of the ball and opposition players.
In the end the score was 4-2 to Hawthorn - but what a great match! Very exciting to be part of. Thanks to Othello Coates (and Sam for stepping in as manager), Lachy Thomas, and Toby Angliss for helping out the team. Great goals by Gus Simpfendorfer and James Hillemacher this week, matched by great defensive play by the troops at the rear end of the field.
U12 District Tigers and Lions– The U12 Tigers and Lions joined forces this week to take on 2nd placed MHSOB. The Ligers fought valiantly for the first 45min, coming back from an early deficit to equalise 1-1. Unfortunately the floodgates opened late in the game with the opposition sneaking home 5 unanswered goals with the final score 6-1.