Southern United Weekly Wrap 18th June 2017

Welcome to the Southern United Weekly Wrap.

Catch up on the happening and results of the weeks games, as well as what's happening at the club.

What's Happening at the Club?

Thanks to all those who attended the successful Trivia night. In particular thanks to Matt Le Huillier for donation of Roku hockey stick, Hockey Equipe for donation of a voucher,  Kookaburra for a hockey stick. Jason Clarke for taking photos of the groups in fancy dress , Alisia for organising a golfing prize to Woodlands Golf club. Mordy HQ and Corner Toppings Pizza for some door vouchers and of course Hayden Jones for helping to set up the room.
Thanks, on behalf of our whole club, to the social/fundraising committee for all their hard work helping to raise just under $2,000 for the club.

This coming weekend is big match day and silent auction. Please come and support the silent auction. The club is requesting and accepting donations for silent auction, for details please see here or talk to your team manager.

Southern United is proud of the support that our supporters have provided to Peter Mac Cancer Foundation over the years. Now is a great time to support Peter Mac on behalf of Southern with a tax deductible donation to Peter Mac.  For each dollar that our supporters donate to Peter Mac in our name, up to $10,000, our major sponsor McKenzie's matches as a donation to Southern. With 30th June just around the corner, please donate your tax deductible donation to Peter Mac here


Some of the Victorian teams for the Australian Masters Championships have been released. Congratulations to the Southern players selected so far:
Over 50 Div 1 Allen Hart, Julian Pratt
Over 55 Div 1 Peter Binks, Ian Rowntree (train on)
Over 60 Div 1 Greg Willcock
Over 55 Div 2 Graeme Styles

Premier League Match Updates

The Waverley women's team has not had a good season and the Southern women's firsts were
quick to take advantage of that with a 7-0 win - Meagan Hull and Lea Harris both scored two. The weekend was going to be tougher for the men's teams. Waverley has had a great season and the Southern and Waverley teams were on even points on the ladder. The Southern men scored early with a goal from Pedro, giving them a 1-0 lead at half time, but Waverley pushed back with two in the second half giving them the points.

In reserves the Southern men's reserves took the points with a 2-0 win, while the women's reserves played the very strong Waverley with Waverley winning 5-1.

Midweek during Queen's Birthday week the premier league teams played Melbourne Uni at Doncaster. The two nights of hockey produced a clean sweep for our teams.

With half the premier league games completed, the men's firsts and seconds are 6th and the women's firsts 7th on the ladder - reminding all that there are 8 teams in finals for Premier league and reserves.

Junior Match Updates

It is hard to believe with Round 7 done and dusted for the juniors, the season is now half over, many of the competitions have now had the teams play each other once, giving a good picture of where everyone stands.

The exciting news for the juniors this round was that the under 14 south and under 12 mixed pennant had their first wins for the season. Great news.

As always a big thanks to all the players that doubled up, or changed plans at the last minute to fill in teams.

At Peninsula Hockey Centre  the under 14 girls shield  team kept their undefeated run with a 7-1 win against Mornington, half way through the season TEM and Southern are on the same points at the top of the ladder with only goal difference separating them.

Next at PHC the Under 14 south started the night of Southern games, with  their first win of the season over Mornington. Great work team. Thanks Shayla, Emily and Ruby for helping out the team - and with the singing of the song.

In the the last game at PHC for the night, the dreaded 9.30 game,  Ruben Figueira has taken on the role of goalie for the Under 16 South red and did a great job against 2nd on the ladder Mornington in what was a competitive game, where Mornington only really got away from the Southern team in the last 15 minutes in the 5-1 win to Mornington.

At Dendy St the under 16 girls had another close game, going down 2-1 to Casey with Olivia Pickering scoring the goal. The under 18  team had a strong win, 8-0 this time against Frankston with Hayden Smith scoring 3 and 2 to Miles Deutscher. The under 18 ladder is close with Burra, Mentone and Southern fighting out for the top 3 spots.

The Under 16 South black team played top of the ladder St Bede's. The team put up a good fight, giving the defenders and goalie the biggest work out they have had this year, going down 5-0. This leaves the four teams on 12 points in position 3 to 6 on the ladder with Black and Red in position 4 and 5.

While at Farm Rd, the under 14 and under 16 mixed shield team played Brumbies. The defence from Brumbies in both games was very impressive. The Southern under 14 mixed shield had most of the play in the second half, but the defence from the Brumbies held tight, and with some impressive attacking Brumbies took the game 4-1.  In the 16 mixed shield, once again Southern had all the attack, with a 5-0 win. Thanks to Ewan and Zac for helping out the shield team. Half way through the season the 16 mixed shield are third on the ladder one point behind Waverley, while under 14 mixed shield are fourth. 

The last game of the night saw the under 16 mixed pennant team take on top of the ladder Frankston. The Southern players played their best game of the season, but with strong penalty corners from Frankston, Southern went down 5-2, the score not representing how close the game was.

The under 12 mixed pennant team enjoyed their first win of the season. This team is young, very young, with 4 players who are under 10, and another 3 who are actually under 9.  They have fought hard every game, great to see a win on the board in their 2-1 win over Footscray with Xavier Connor scoring both goals.

On Saturday morning at Farm Rd the under 10 quarter field players are continuing to improve as they play each week.

At Farm Rd on Saturday morning the under 12 south team played a strong game against Mentone. Two early goals by Atticus Nunes put Southern in front at half time, but Mentone fought back for a 2-2 draw. The Under 12 shield girls followed at Farm Rd winning against Mentone and keeping their first place on the ladder with a hat trick (AGAIN) to Puck Okhuizen and two goals to Taylor Nel.

Last in the morning of hockey was the under 10 half field. In the oddity of the under 10 season there are only 4 teams in the competition giving the teams lots of opportunity to play the same teams. The under 10 girls are improving their results each week with Waverley winning with a 2-1 score. The improvement of the under 10 mixed  is also evident, going down 3-2 to Waverley white. Their three games against them have been down 6-0, then 3-1 and now 3-2 so huge improvement each game. Well done boys.

At the state hockey centre Under 12 mixed shield played Greensborough, after a great first half, they could not keep up the pressure and went down 3-1.

At Knox the under 12 girls pennant came from behind in the second half to draw 2-2.  They were by far the better team in the second half and played some impressive creative team work to score twice.

Men's Match Updates

In  a weekend of hockey National Hockey Week, the men's pennant and metro teams took to the pitch at Farm Rd on Saturday. The pennant E team had a good start for the afternoon with a 4-1 win over Altona and the Pennant F team continued with a 6-0 win over MCC.  With Julian injured to a stick in the face we all know the score could have been that much more. It is a great reminder to all that wearing a mouth guard is essential, not just a good idea. Get well quickly Julian. The last team for afternoon was Metro A who played a great game of hockey going down 2-1 to Doncaster.

While the Pennant A team had a strong 5-2 win over TEM with a hat trick to Tim Dale after having played a great game in the reserves. While at Footscray on Sunday the Pennant D team had a strong win over Footscray keeping their fourth place on the ladder, with Ed Arnold showing his versatility scoring two goals.

The Metro B team played St Bedes for the second time in two games, with players out after the previous rough game. With only 9 players taking the field, and Mike Campbell stepping in a double up goalie, the Southern men played their heart out to get a 2-2 draw, after a 5-3 defeat in the challenging game the week before against St Bedes.

At this stage of the season men's Pennant D, E, F and metro A are all in the top four. There is a lot of the season to go, but a great start.

Women's Match Updates

The women's teams all played on Sunday this weekend. The pennant B team who have not been beaten, but with two draws, had a hard game away against Waverley who are clearly on top of the ladder with full points, and a score difference of an impressive 29,  Waverley showed that strength with a 4-0 win.

While at Farm Rd the result was the inverse. The Southern unbeaten metro A ladies - and young girls - team started the afternoon with a 5-0 win over Waverley. The women's Pennant F team followed with a 3-0  win over Frankston with Allison and Evie Stansby both scoring a goal, while the Metro B team enjoyed a weekend off with a bye.

The women's teams are  having a stellar start to the season with all teams Pennant B, Pennant F, Metro A and B in the top four, in fact both Pennant F and Metro A are undefeated.

Fixtures for the week ahead

A big weekend of hockey coming up with Big Match day on Sunday when our premier league teams take on Camberwell at Farm Rd. Fixtures for the club can be found here.

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