|It is still early in the season for the juniors, with the weekend seeing round five of fourteen, but what a round for the under 16s. Under 16 mixed shield and pennant both had a top of the table clash at Farm Rd on Friday night, with both teams coming out on top.
It was great to see the cohort of premier league players there supporting the teams on Friday night, the Ephraums clan also coaching the under 14 mixed shield and under 16 mixed pennant (with Hayden) also helps.Under 16 mixed shield played Waverley, with the loss in the grand final in an interesting penalty shoot out remaining in everyone’s mind. But the Southern team were clearly up to the task. The first half had the Southern team with the upper hand going in to half time 3-0 up. After half time Waverley came out with a different game plan flooding the defence making it harder to get our counter attacks. A goal five minutes in to the second half, 3-1, and then a stroke, 3-2 would make it very close. Saved. Waverley kept on fighting with more shots on goal than Southern in the second half but 3-1 was the final score.Under 16 mixed pennant played Knox. Both undefeated. Knox were the grand finalists last year in 16 pennant. The Southern boys showed their strength with Andre scoring a massive four goals in the 6-2 win and two to Hannes. Awesome work guys.The under 16 shield girls had a bye last week, and came back in form against Camberwell. 1-1 at half time and our girls sealed the win with the one goal in the second half a ripper goal from Anna.
The under 16 south competition with ten teams continues to be a close competition, with St Bedes out in front and the following seven teams very close. The black team had the upper hand this week over Dandenong while the red team went down to Frankston. Welcome to our two new players, Mo and Singtong, who join the large Mentone Grammar cohort in our under 16 teams.
Under 14 mixed shield also at Farm Rd on Friday night had probably what is best described as a frustrating 0-0 draw against the Waverley boys, where both teams really feel they should have got more out of the game. The under 14 shield girls are improving every week, the results are not quite showing how well they are doing. Against Waverley on Friday night, where Waverley has the strength of a number of state girls, our girls were only 2-0 down at half time, they continued to hold Waverley quite well until late in the game, going down 8-0 in the end.
The results at Brighton on Friday night, although not wins, were positive. The under 14 south with so many new players continue to enjoy their hockey, against top of the table Mornington finished 4-0 down. A pretty good result, with some exceptional saves by Ollie, thanks for doubling up. The under 14 pennant were down 2-0 at half time, they held their own well in the second half to finish the game at 2-0.
Saturday morning at Farm Rd started with our Under 10 Quarter field as always. The group of under 10s from Southern, Bayside and Mentone continue to improve each week. The under 10 half field against Mentone followed with the boys on top this week, and the girls suffering a loss.
The under 12 boys pennant hit the Mornington Freeway to play Mornington, the boys put up a great fight going down 3-1 with three Lachies and two Oliie’s what a challenge for any coach. The under 12 boys shield put up a great show against the much stronger Hawthorn, 2-0 down at half time, and only going down 4-0.
The under 12 girls shield continued their winning ways with a strong win over the bottom of the struggling Burra girls. While the under 12 district girls also had a 4-1 win, over Footscray, with Jazz scoring two, and Juliet and Rosey on apiece. Welcome to Ellen, it is always great to see when players encourage their friends to join.
The under 12 boys district boys had the “joy” of a Sunday morning game, in the lovely sunshine, after the Sharks cleared the field, before the women’s games. The boys really are improving and a 1-1 draw gives them some points on the ladder.