HOCKEY

United in clean sweep

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Pedro Lopez-Alonso (16) and Matt Brougham (15) battle it out for Southern United against Melbourne University.

IT was another strong round of hockey for the Southern United Premier League teams with a clean sweep against Melbourne University on Saturday.

Playing at the State Netball and Hockey Centre the Southern players showed the strength and the power of a united club.

The Premier League men again had a goal against them in the early minutes of the game, but rallied quickly. Captain Jamie Coombs scored off a penalty corner at the 27th minute, and two more goals followed after the break.

Pedro Lopez-Alonso scored and another penalty corner at the 57th minute gave Todd McHardy a goal with United taking the three points with a 3-1 victory.

The women’s Premier League team, after an unlucky loss to Doncaster last week, was out to put some points on the board when playing the promoted Melbourne University.

With a goal at the four-minute mark by Lea Harris, the game started well, but with no further score until close to half time, tension was rising.

Fifteen-year-old Amy Lawton then produced a hat-trick with goals at the 34th, 43rd and 52nd minute.

Melbourne Uni could only reply with one goal, giving Southern a 4-1 win.

The men’s Premier League reserves had their second win for the season, 7-0, a great start after a tough 2016 when they finished with the wooden spoon.

Many of the young players coming through juniors have bolstered the ranks and given the team the spriteness of youth to go with the wisdom of age.

The new coach, Ross Walker, has been part of Southern United, and previously Moorabbin Districts Hockey Club, for most of his life. He won the State League Trophy for the club when playing in 1988-1990.

The women’s Premier League reserves team posted a 4-1 win after a tough loss last week, highlighted by a hat-trick from captain Ashleigh Jones.