It was always going to be a tough start to the season with 11 players away in Wollongong finishing off the Victorian Championships and Amy away playing in PNG for Youth Olympic Qualifier. But we got through it. The fixture gods were kind to us with the mixed pennant and shield at home.
The under 14 mixed pennant team started round 1 at home against Bayside with a great start to the season season with a 2-1 win. Pennant is always an interesting grade in juniors with what can be incredibly strong teams when it is the clubs first team, and sometimes the opposite when the shield team has taken the strength from the club.
Five of the pennant players kept on going with the u14 mixed shield team game immediately following. Thanks Isaac, Oliver, Thomas, Lucien and Jasper. For Oliver Campbell in goals what a step up from under 12 pennant last year to playing against Essendon shield. The mixed shield players with the pennant playing holding their own really took it to Essendon where the game was quite even. 2-2 near the end of time and Essendon scored making it 3-2. While Southern was heading towards goal, disaster struck with Shayla going down with an injury. End of time and the Southern players should be proud of such a great shot at a tough game in tough circumstances. While we are talking Shayla, and the Jansz history in the club, did you know Jason, Shayla’s dad, and masters player was the club junior best and fairest in 1987.
The under 16 mixed shield suffering similar loss of players to 14 mixed shield also had pennant players doubling up, with four 16 pennant players stepping in for the 6 players away. A frustrating game for all, where Southern had most of the play and countless shots on goal finished with a 2-2 draw. Thanks for helping out Cameron, Lucas, Anthony and Aiden.
After playing their heart out the 16 pennant players joined their own team in their pennant game against Waverley finishing the night 2-0 up.
Meanwhile at the hockey centre the 16 shield girls also had the challenge of their goalie in Wollongong. Erin pulled on the pads for the team in their 3-1 win against WestVic with goals to Molly, Emilia and Liana Tyrrell. We are very pleased you had a last minute decision to play this year Liana.
Earlier in the evening the under 14 shield girls after a challenging pre-season the very young girls team – all girls being first year under 14 – came from behind for a 2-2 draw. Great work girls and super coaches Mini and Pim.
With two under 16 south teams, it is always a tough gig, but the teams had a good start to the season. Greg’s team at Monash against Bayside finished 3-0 up, with Dave McGregor’s team only 2-1 down against Mornington.
For the first time since the Under 18 competition started we have two teams. Welcome to our Caulfield Grammar players who joined giving us nearly a ready made team. To quote super coach “U18s played each other, goals were scored and everyone was the winner”.
Saturday morning started bright at early. with the Under 10 Quarter field players hitting the pitch for their first game. With the 6 local teams playing in the quarter field it should be a great season.
The under 10 half field teams were next in the morning, the children bright and shiny in their new uniforms. Thanks to Evan, Isaiah and Lewis for helping out the half field boys. The teams with six boys and one of the girls playing their first day of hockey were facing the tough opponent of Waverley. But the children with great support from coaches and “support staff” showed they had some skills and up to the task with the girls winning 2-0 and the boys 4-2. Great work under 10s – Keep having fun.
The under 12 pennant boys were next on the pitch at Farm Rd, against Mentone. Despite some great work from Taine, in goals for the first time, the boys finished 3-0 down.
The under 12 shield boys had a tough match for their first game going down to Doncaster. Thanks to the pennant boys who helped out the shield boys. Silas, they missed you.
The under 12 shield girls travelled to Doncaster and worked their heart out to finish 1-0 up, a great game in two matched teams, played in great spirit. While the under 12 district girls played at the State Netball and Hockey Centre against Brunswick. What an amazing experience for the girls, most who were playing their first game of hockey in a Hockey Victoria competition. Thanks Phoebe for being their with all your support.