Round 2 Seniors Wrap


Our Club

As the season starts we often are so busy planning our year, we forget about why we are here, why are we part of this sport, this club.

This week is a great time to reflect. Many of players from past years have returned, in both women’s and men’s section this year.

Southern United was formed as the union of Moorabbin and Sandringham. It is great sometimes to look back at how the community from those clubs are still part of our united club.

A quick look at the honour board for the best and fairest men’s players at Moorabbin is a good start.

Looking at the list. Julian Jones (85 and 87) is playing with us in our masters teams, while Ross Walker (88,89,90) not only coaches our premier league reserves, his two sons Carlin and Davin are members of premier league and under 16 mixed shield teams respectively. As we move through the years Shane Peachey (91,95) remains a corner stone of the club, coaching men’s pennant A last year, and playing in men’s pennant D. Andrew Layzell (96) has coached our under 10 and under 12 teams with his son Hamish for the past few years, while coaching our womens first previously, he came back to play in Pennant D last year and Pennant C this year. Rob Graham (00) has also re-joined Andrew in the Pennant D last year and Pennant C this year, while Craig Hardham (01) players for our reserves.

Surely players wanting to play and continue being involved in the club is what any club aspires to.

For those that think they have escaped the history, there are women and junior stats still to come over the year, and I am finding old junior team photos. Be warned.

What’s on at Southern?

Junior Start of Season
Juniors start their season with round 1 on April 27/28th. Please make sure you are registered via Fixtures are now available.

New Players Welcome
It is not too late for younger children to join the hockey crew. We have places available in the under 12 teams as we well as our under 10 quarter field teams and the under 8s which train and play on a Friday at 4.45. If you have friends or children who would like to join us, please ask them to drop Anna a line at

Youth Olympics Qualifier
The Australian men and women youth Olympics hockey team have headed to Port Morseby for their youth Olympics qualifier. Good luck to Amy Lawton and Brad Marais as they wear the green and gold in the hockey 5s qualifier.

Have you tried our coffee. A new fully automated coffee machine, new beans.

New president Caitlin Campbell and family enjoying the Sunday afternoon hockey and GREAT COFFEE

Premiers League Round 2 – Match 3

The men’s premier league team had their chance to shine on Saturday with a 5-0 win over Yarra. Three great drag flicks from Matt l’Hullier and 2 spectacular field goals from Ben von Workrem sealed the game for the boys.

The women’s premier league team had a tougher day. 2-0 down at 20 minutes to go when Georgia Elston scored off a penalty corner. This lifted the team. Five to go Matt replaced the goalie with a kicking back, which did the trick in minutes with Emily Hamilton Smith scoring off a PC, taking the score to 2-2. A quick return by Ginny to the goals, and the ladies defended a couple of corners to finish 2-2.

The men’s reserves finished a physical game 4-1 up over Yarra, with the goals shared around, including Jack Spittle who returned this year scoring his first reserves goal, while the women’s reserves drew 2-2 with Shayla Jansz scoring her first reserves goal.

Jasmine Singh in our Premier League reserves.

Women’s Round 2

Women’s pennant B, playing at home against Altona, scored two goals in the first half. With no-one finding the net in the second half the ladies took the three points.

Greta de Bell in WPB

Women’s pennant E, had the fun of a SNHC round, with their home game against Camberwell at the hockey centre. The camberwell team proved too strong going down 4-1.

The women’s metro A ladies were excited to have some more younger players in to their team after the desertion by the 2017 young ones. With Hayley Verbunt and Liana Tyrrell joining the team they came from 2-0 down to finish 3-3 with Marlene Lothian doing a sterling job in goals for the first time. High 5 for quality recruitment Deb. Hayley and Liana – great work in your first women’s game.

The women’s metro B team were the last team to play at Farm Rd on Sunday, and kept the unbeaten record for the day in their 3-0 win over Bayside. Great to see some of our Caulfield Grammar cohort who joined under 18s this year join the senior game – welcome Lallie Leckey and Indi Brighton-Knight to your first senior game, with Lalli scoring her first Southern United goal, with Erin Stimson and Saskia Mosford also scoring.

Men’s Round 2

The pennant A team started the Sunday morning of hockey at Farm Rd playing 2017 runners up. In a very tight game, the Southern boys came back from 1-3 down to win 5-4. Great result.

The pennant C team were a team to behold with the youngsters: Max, Rylan, Hayden, Matt and Alfie and the less young. Probably not their best game of hockey but enough to win 9-1 over Knox in a fairly physical game, which the young kids stood up to well.

What a crew in the men’s pennant C team: Andrew Layzell (club B&F 96), Paul Layzell (part of the 2002 & 2012 State League 2 premiership team), Brian Paxton (life member), Mick Sleeth (club B&F runner up 2000), Ash James (part of the 2002 SL2 premiership team) Rob Graham (club B&F 2000, part of the 2002 & 2012 SL2 premiership team). I am sure someone will correct us with who was in the 2006 SL2 premiership team.

The men’s pennant D hit the turf at Footscray with Shane Peachey scoring two, and James Erbacher one in their 3-3 draw with a short corner after the whistle. Thanks John Leighton for putting on the kit before you rushed to Dandenong for the Met B game.

The men’s pennant E played a tough game at Camberwell, no surprise there, but came away with a 2-2 draw. Great result showing that the promoted Pennant E team can match it with the best.

The men’s teams had a call to arms this week, and it was great to see a response from some of our juniors. The men’s metro A team with men’s section leader Michael Campbell and son Mitch doubling up quickly after their pennant E game, for the 7-0 win over Waverley. Two goals scored by Josh Madden in his maiden seniors game after Josh answered the call to arms, while Jason Bloms scored a massive four goals.

Under 16 player Jonathan Lew also responded to the call to arms, also scoring in his first seniors game in the Met B team in their 5-2 win over Casey. Also good to see Roger out their in goals again.

Other News

Victorian Junior Championships
It is not too late to register to trial for the Southern Metro Sharks for the Victorian Championships. Nominations to trial close TODAY – MONDAY 23rd. This is a great opportunity to be part of a lot of fun and a great opportunity to extend your hockey. Trials are on 29th April (under 17) and 6th May (Under 13 and Under 15). If unsure about trialling, please speak to your coach. More details are at

Under 15 championships
The Vic teams are putting up a great show in Wollongong. Thanks Louis for this flukey photo with the five Southern boys: Will, Finn, Nick, Lachie and Jacques in action when blue played white. And the Southern Under 15 blue girls.

Fixtures Round 3 Seniors
& Round 1 Juniors