HOCKEY United storms back to surprise Donnie

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Southern United Hockey Club's Pedro Lopez-Alonso dives to score a goal.

SOUTHERN United had a great start to the season with the men’s Premier League team gaining the three points over Doncaster on Saturday in a physical game.

Doncaster finished fourth in 2016, but the young Southern team was too much for Donnie in the 3-2 win.

The strong junior program of Southern United is reaping benefits with eight of the Premier League players from Saturday graduating from the under-age program over recent years.

Doncaster started strong with a lucky goal in the first few minutes after a deflection off the post.

With a second goal before half time the Doncaster team seemed to think the game was sewn up, but Southern rallied in the second half.

At the 48-minute mark Pedro Lopez-Alonso had a strong break away down the side line and with a neat pass across the D, a dive from 16-year-old Alistair Hart put the ball in the net.

The goal lifted United and a goal from captain Jamie Coombes followed by a stroke conversion by Pedro Lopez-Alonzo followed quickly with Southern finishing on a high. The men’s reserves had set the scene with a 4-0 win over Doncaster.

The women’s Premier League played a tough game but could not quite get over the line going, down 2-1 to Doncaster.

Meanwhile a large contingent of Southern United juniors is about to head off to Australian Hockey Championships.

The Under 15 titles will be held in western Sydney, with Southern being represented by Under 15 girls Emily Hamilton Smith in the Blue team, and Emily Butler and Josie Lawton in the White team; Under 15 boys Will Carruthers, Billy Hanrahan and Craig Marais in the Blue team, and Christian van der Merwe in the White.

The following week brings the Under 18 championships.

Southern United players Brad Marais, Alistair Hart, Nathan Ephraums and Josh Mulder are in the men’s team and Olivia Downes, Charlie Malligan and Amy Lawton in the women’s side. And Alice Arnold will be playing for Northern Territory.