|Friday night was cold and long, especially long for the under 16 mixed pennant team who had a last minute change of fixture and had the trek to Drouin. The trek was clearly worthwhille at half time the boys were 2-1 up and managed to keep that lead to finish 4-3, with two goals to Anthony Papadopoulos, and one to Brendan Reddell and Andre Fernandez. Great to have you back Andre.
The under 14 mixed shield had the players back from Wollongong, but sill suffering some losses from injury. Thanks Isaac for filling in. A close match at Elgar park, and some hard work to save a few penalty corners in the late part of the match finished 1 all draw. While the under 14 girls shield at Farm Rd had a tougher night going down 4-0.
At Doncaster, the under 16 mixed shield were pleased to have nearly full contingent of players, and a first hit out as a team. Although most have played at the club for years, the team has never played together. After 10 minutes working out how they all worked,in which Finn scored a goal after a great steal from the Donnie defenders, the team hit its stride with a 6-1 win in a great team game, with two goals to Craig and Davin, and one apiece to Finn and Max . Welcome to Southern Finn.
The under 16 south teams had a switch of results this week, with red getting a win over St Bedes, and the black team went down to the stronger Bayside team. Thanks to Kate and Will for doubling up.
The under 14 south team continues to show promise although going down 3-0 to Frankston. Interesting case of disappearing face masks I hear, when the Frankston team manager removed the masks after the diligent Southern parent had already done their job of moving our masks at half time. The Frankston team manager rectified the situation at speed, not quite requiring resuscitation after the sprint down the field, it did win him the play of the day chokky bar though.
The under 18 competition has a very different flavour to last year with only six teams in the competition. Some work still happening to finalise our teams, thanks Hamish Lambert for filling in and Sammie Chew for swapping to black team for the night. The red team finished ahead of Mentone yellow, while black went down to St Bedes.
The boys under 12 shield and pennant team had a tough week last week. The teams are very young and the skills and the future of the club are safe with these young kids. Saturday morning saw the under 12 boys pennant head to Berwick for a nice and early game. Great to get a point on the board with a 0-0 draw, and thanks Casey for providing the umpire. The under 12 boys shield proved they don’t give up after last weeks tough game, with a 2-0 win over TEM this week. Some great saves by Ashton and goals to Mack Harris and Jake Vorrath.
With some late positive fixtures changes the under 10 and under 12 half field teams enjoyed the egg and bacon rolls at Farm Rd, oh, and a game of hockey. The under 10 quarter field players once again had the sun to start the morning, before the day clouded over.
The under 10 half field boys and girls then took to the pitch against Mentone. The games were close with the boys a 1-1 draw and the girls just going down.
The Under 12 boys and girls half field under the guidance of Amy and Phoebe respectively then had their chance. First game of hockey for many of the boys as they had a bye in round 1, Mentone got ahead of the boys but great first game for the boys with goals to Will Pepper and Lachlan Gorton – great first game boys. The under 12 district girls in the typical sharing style of Phoebe, shared one of the Southern players with Footscray as Footscray were short, thanks Lilian for helping them out. That is a true team spirit. The southern girls won 2-0, with goals to Juliet and Holly. Holly joined on Thursday, now that is q quick turn around between joining and first goal, we are happy to have you as part of Southern.
Last in the morning of junior hockey at Farm Rd was the under 12 shield girls with Julian directlng for their 1-0 win over Brusnwick.