Southern United Weekly Wrap 23rd July 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.

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What's Happening at the Club?

The day has arrived. Sunday will see not only our live streamed games against Burra, but also the Legends Day featuring the Life Members lunch, and our $2,000 reverse draw.  Note, with the live streaming game times are changed for Sunday, women's reserves at 11.50, women's first at 1.30, men's first at 3.30 and men's reserves at 5pm.

If you have not yet returned your Legends Day Reverse Draw raffle tickets, please do this week.

If you are interested in getting an overall picture of where our team are at, and their results so far, we have an up to date link on our website for results and ladder position for the teams all on one page. This can be found here.


The final Victorian Under 13 teams  have been announced, congratulations to the ten Southern United Players selected
U13 Boys Blue: Jacques Carstens (GK), Lachlan Paice
U13 Girls Blue: Dominique Blatherwick, Shayla Jansz, Josie Lawton, Hope Pengilly, Evie Stansby
U13 Girls White: Laura Loycke, Taylor Nel
U13 Girls TO Lulu Stansby

It is the first state Vic state team selection for Shayla, Hope and Taylor. Shayla is grand daughter of life member Brian Jansz, while her father and uncle, Jason and Glenn, both played for Moorabbin as juniors, and are playing again now for Southern. While talking trivia, Hope joined the club late last year as a transfer from NSW and is cousin of another state player, Trent Symss.

Dendy St is unavailable due to asbestos removal the week for 24th-30th July, and for Thursday 3rd August Team training is altered for those days, teams affected will have been informed by their team managers of alternate arrangements. Please see this changes here.

On the umpiring front. A big huge thanks to Sue Jones and her work in developing our keen junior umpires. It is great to see them out each Saturday morning umpiring quarter field, half field and the full field games. Congratulations to Charlie Williams who moved up to his first senior game this weekend, umpiring women's metro B.


Premier League Match

The premier leagues team visited the metropolis of Prahran for their games, playing MCC.

The men's team took the points in a 3-1 win, with 14 year old Craig Marais scoring a goal in his third premier league game, with Nathan Ephraums and Michael Pearce scoring as well. The game also had the highlight of Ed saving a stroke. It is great to see the Ephraums and Marais brothers playing together in our premier league team. The men's reserves had a lot tougher game against second on the ladder MCC with MCC taking the match 3-1.

The women's MCC premier league teams are a stronger team than their men, and our women went down 4-1, with Sarah Breen from MCC doing the damage with three goals, and Kirsty Gardiner scored one from her penalty corner.  The women's reserves team had the opposite result, a great win against MCC five places ahead of Southern on the ladder, with goals to Ash Jones and Amy Beet.

Junior Match Updates

Juniors were back on in force this weekend, with some great results. It is hard to believe this was round ten, and there are only four more rounds to go.  The juniors are in a good position with seven teams currently in the top four, and a couple just on the edge. Under 18, Under 16 mixed shield, Under 16 south black, under 16 girls pennant, under 14 girls and mixed shield,  under 14 mixed pennant, under 12 mixed and girls shield are all currently in the top four, while Under 16 mixed pennant and under 16 south red are fifth.

Three games at Mentone on Friday night had good results. Under 18 continue to perform strongly with a 3-0 win over Mentone at Mentone. Thanks to  Ben Rogalsky helping out the 18s. This leaves the 18s two points behind arch rivals/friends Burra on the ladder with Burra's draw against Yarra.  Also at Mentone on Friday night the Under 16 mixed pennant had a 3-2 win with Marty Kulesza scoring two and Josh Madden one. This keeps them fifth on the ladder. Under 16 girls pennant achieved a 2-2 draw against Mentone. A great result with Mentone's pennant team featuring five state players.  Goals to Alaina and Lara. This keeps the under 16 girls in the top four on equalisation points. Brilliant work Lex and team.

At Farm Rd on Friday night the under 14 girls had a win over Camberwell, the under 16 black team then had a strong 8-1 win over Waverley to put a big smile on Greg Edward's face. Thanks to Alex Smith for stepping in as goalie.  Four goals to Jess Grant, who has nearly become a permanent fixture in the team, even with partner in crime Hayley disappearing for a few weeks, and three goals to Zac Adam-Gedge. The under 16 red team played a strong game only going down 1-0 against Monash.  The two south teams are having a great season, fighting each other for fourth place on the ladder,  thanks so much to the super coaches of the south teams.  With four teams in the mixed competitions in under 16s, it is great to have all four teams in the top five at this stage. Hopefully we will see these boys move to men's section in the next years giving some great depth to the men's section.
Under 16 South Black after their win
The under 16 mixed shield were part of an extraordinary game at Yarra. Yarra bottom of the ladder, with zero points, had drawn with top of ladder Camberwell in their previous game, and as the game progressed, it became clear why.  With a mind boggling number of shots on goals, where Yarra goalie was clearly showing why he had been selected in the U16 SSV team,  Southern eventually made it a 4-1 win, with a hat trick to Carlin Walker.
Thumbs up from Carlin to goal keeper Rylan for the nice assist.

The under 14 mixed shield tripped to Drouin, how lucky were they? Gippsland started strongly scoring a goal early on, given Gippsland had only scored two goals the whole season, this really fired the Gippsland players up, but the Southern players pushed back with a 7-2 win.  A hat trick to Will Carruthers, and two apiece to Tyler Jacobs and Lachie Paice.   Under 14 mixed pennant had an early game at Knox, 6pm, great timing for everyone - not.  The team did not quite make it happen, with Knox winning 1-0. Under 14 mixed south played Bayside at Dendy St, the result did not really match the game with Bayside winning 7-0. Thanks to Puck Ohuizen, Lexie Allen and Alex Desmond from under 12 helping them out.

On Saturday morning both under 12 shield teams had a win, great work. The under 12 girls  remain clearly on top of the ladder with their win over  Waverley, while the boys aiming to keep their spot in the four did the job with a 3-0 win over Brumbies.

Under 12 mixed shield

Under 12 mixed pennant are continuing a tough season with a never give up attitude going down 6-0 against a strong Knox team at the always freezing hockey centre.  While the under 12 girls pennant had their second win for the season with a 5-2 win over Donnie Green, with two goals to Sienna Hoult.

Under 10 half field both had a win. Girls  2-0 over Mentone.  It is great to see Bailey and Abi from quarter field help the team out again.  With a few of the under 10 girls having left Australia it is lovely for the quarter field girls to step up. We look forward to that continuing for the rest of the season.  The boys 1-0 over Mentone.

Men's Match Updates

A wonderful atmosphere at Farm Rd on Saturday for the men's games. It was a top of the table clash for Pennant F. Southern were four points ahead of Brumbies but the result did not show that with Brumbies taking a 5-1 win. 

Pennant D had a bad game last week and were determined to redeem this week, with the Southern team fourth on the ladder playing fifth place Donnie. A very tight game, with a completely different look to the previous week with Southern taking a 2-1 win, with Donnie having three short corners in the last 3 minutes. Thanks to Ted and James doubling up, and once again great to see Andrew Layzell take to the pitch and play brilliantly in the defensive D.

The great news of Sunday was the Pennant A game against Hawthorn. In the very tight competition, Southern played 3rd on the ladder Hawthorn for a 3-1 win. Nice to see you back Ben Hughes. Pennant A are now sixth on the ladder, two points off fourth, but with such a close competition they are only four points ahead of 9th.

In the 3rd vs 4th match of pennant E, the Southern took the points in a 2-1 win at the hockey centre against Brumbies in a very tight games with goals to David Fisher and Liam Eddington. Thanks John Leighton for helping out.

Metro A had a similar result against Brumbies in their game with a 3-0 win. Another father son combination is playing in the team with Kooper joining his father Mark in the team over the past two weeks.

Men's metro B had the fun trip to Casey. This is a great team of the young boys, some young men and the "old guys".  A good game with a 2-1 win with Greg Edwards and young Nick Fitzgerald scoring. In a weekend of stroke saves, Ed in Premier league, Lauren in Metro B, Jacques did not want to feel left out and also saved a stroke.

The results of the weekend leave all teams but Pennant A in the top four at this point.

Women's Match Updates

The women's teams had a tough round this weekend.

Women's pennant B went down 3-0 to a stronger Powerhouse/St Kilda team, while pennant F after being up 2-1 at half time had Waverley come from behind to take the game 4-2. 

Women's metro B went down 1-0 to Bayside, despite a stroke save by Lauren, great work Lauren.

Women's metro A continue their stunning season, thirteen wins from thirteen games and a goal difference of sixty, with a 3-1 win over Collegians.

Despite the tough round, all women's teams continue to hold a spot in the top four.

Fixtures for the week ahead


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