Mens Vic League 1 – TEM hosted KBH Brumbies in a key match for season 2016. TEM were looking to snap their two game losing streak, while LBH needed a win to keep in touch with the top four. TEM started well, controlling the ball and creating a number of chances. KBH absorbed the pressure and created a number of chances of their own on the counter attack. Both goal keepers showed their class making a number of key saves throughout this period. At half time the scores were locked at nil all, with KBH having a marginally better first half then the home side.
TEM started the second half in a promising manner, lifting the tempo of the game and creating a number of chances. With its midfield now in control, TEM won a number of penalty corners. Back from his “fact finding mission” in the USA, Braden Pitcher fired a ball across the face of goal that resulted in a stroke. With poise, Steve Miller scored the stroke to see TEM take a 1-0 lead. The remainder of the half continued in this manner, with TEM applying pressure and KBH struggling to move the ball out of their defensive half.
With two minutes to go, KBH forced a turnover in the TEM defensive half. A transfer of play, and a swift attack down the right flank resulted in a brilliant field goal. The scores would remain locked at 1 all at full time.
Mens Vic League 1 Reserves – The TEM Men’s Reserves came up against KBH who were currently placed 3rd, and the first half was an end to end contest with TEM pushing hard on attack. TEM scored two great goals via a huge toma from Kobe Dudley and a short corner drag from Will “Woo Woo”l Harty. The first half ended 2-0 to TEM. Unfortunately for the boys the second half dropped in intensity resulting in 2 goals and the match finished in a draw. The TEM boys will look to lift and get back on the winners sheet against La Trobe next weekend.
Mens Pennant C – In round 14 Pennant C Men faced off against KBH Brumbies on H2. It was a close game with both sides gaining opportunities on goal without much to show for it on the scoreboard. KBH struck first with a penalty corner in the first half; a straight hit that went in on the right defensive post. TEM worked hard to put the pressure back on KBH and attacked well, earning multiple corners but not succeeding on completion.
The second half was more in favour of TEM with our boys having most of the play, unfortunately the basics let the team down; the trapping and passing was not as consistent as it should've been. Ed Elder scored the equaliser and both teams played with renewed vigor to claim the 3 points up for grabs, but a second goal went wanting for both teams. A 1 - 1 draw makes it 4 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses for our Pennant C Men, leaving them 9 points shy of 4th place with 4 rounds left to play.
Mens Metro B Blue- TEM Metro Blue took on Hawthorn Red this week, and were under pressure from the beginning. TEM stepped it up a notch to score a great goal and go into the half time break 1-0 up. After the break Hawthorn came out fighting and scroed an equalizer. With both teams tussling for the win, TEM scored a late toma goal to take the 2-1 win and the three points!
Mens Metro B Red- Any expectations that this would be a tight match were corroborated when the stick toss for ends landed on edge, requiring a re-toss. A tight game with TEM moving the ball well through midfield with MHSOB responding with long ball counter attacks. TEM took the lead through a Victor Romagosa flick off the first short corner, followed by a Hamish Denmead deflection of another corner after the half time siren to take a 2-0 lead into the break. Andy Raynor then scored his 8th goal in 3 games before a late MHSOB short corner brought the result back to 3-1, and enough for TEM to move top of the table.
Womens Premier League – The TEM Premier League Women battled against Doncaster this week at home. TEM started well, scoring early on and having several decent attacking opportunities. Doncaster also looked dangerous up front, troubling the TEM backline, eventually equalising off some messy corner play. TEM took the lead again through a fantastic Gemma "Deflection Queen" Donataccio deflection on a short corner.
At halftime the score was 2-1 to TEM and the girls came out fighting after the break to defend their lead. Doncaster proved too strong, scoring off another corner and earning a penalty stroke. Emily Tulloch played a key role in the midfield for TEM today, while Rachel Graven was solid at the back. TEM went down 3-2, however have some good opportunities coming in the remaining 4 rounds to earn some more points on the board.
Womens Premier League Reserves – A hard fought game vs a young and fast Doncaster this week for the Reserves. Doncaster scored early, but with Jacquie Lawson hovering around the keeper, she levelled the score soon after to give a boost to the team’s momentum. Another fantastic field goal, and TEM regrouped at half time, came out positively and Jacquie Lawson scored again. Doncaster also managed 3 goals but it was fantastic to see the scoreboard in use for TEM this week. Charlotte Kennedy's work in the midfield and also a dramatic show of celebration for an almost-goal got her the 2XU Hi-Performance-Visor - Player of the day.
Womens Pennant A – TEM Womens Pennant A matched up against Essendon on the weekend at the State Hockey Centre. This was a critical game given both teams were equal on the ladder, but TEM were lagging in goal difference by two goals. Huge efforts put in by the whole team, but particularly Anna Clothier and captain Jo Bowden. Sandy Marshall had an incredible save in the goal, with mask on, and bunted out a ball flying in at hip-height; a tremendous effort. It was a score-less affair in the end at 0-0, despite plenty of action at both ends.
Womens Pennant C – WPC knew they were in for a tough game this week, playing top of the table Waverley. With many experienced players out injured, it was even tougher. TEM had some possession of the ball but unfortunately Waverley were much too good. Final score 8-0. Thanks to Kim Davie and Natasha Pollard for filling in.
Womens Metro A Red – What a difference a week makes! TEM Metro Red Women had a beautiful day, good sportsmanship on the pitch and on the sidelines, and came away with a 2-0 win. There were one or two scary moments which were saved well in goal, but the girls had most of the possession with some great ball movement to get the win.
Womens Metro A Blue – Metro Blue came up against second on the ladder Southern this round. The score from the first encounter was 2-2, and TEM were therefore determined to hold or better that result. Southern began the game strong, utilising their fast and skilled players down the middle with several fast breakaways, challenging TEM's defense to sprint back on several occasions. Particular mention to Yvette Schroeder and Sophie Taylor for consistently impressive tackles and interruptions in vulnerable defensive situations. Palma Casonato also had a terrific game, boldly saving several opportunities Southern had at goals.
0-0 at half time, the girls found new energy and turned the focus on tidying up some sloppiness and creating a tight defense, particularly setting up a solid press on defensive free hits. Despite this, Southern took advantage of a quick breakaway and TEM outnumbered defenders simply couldn't prevent their goal. TEM took another blow when Katrina Bishop, who was playing an outstanding match, arguably her best all season, unfortunately took a tumble during an impressive defensive sprint, dislocating her knee and causing some ligament damage (get better soon Kat!). The girls regrouped again and found success in using their stick skills to pass players, as well as strong short passes. After earning a few attacking short corners and toying with different variations, it was a straight hit to the right corner by Sophie Taylor which evened up the score 1-1. TEM maintained the scoreline to the end of the match, holding out the result with a 1-1 draw, something to be proud of!