HOCKEY

Big win for United Shield team

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Southern United player Craig Marais playing in the men’s Premier League reserves game. Pic: Cont

SOUTHERN United teams are now in the roll of hockey season with the juniors and seniors in action last weekend.

The junior teams had mixed results.

The Under 16 Shield team, with seven state players, took away the three points with Carlin Walker scoring four times and Craig Marais once in the 5-1 win.

Craig and Carlin, together with Trent Symss and Erin Stimson, followed up the next day playing in the Premier League reserves, while Amy Lawton and Emily Hamilton-Smith played in the Premier League, showing the strength of the Under 16 mixed Shield team.

The Under 14 girls A grade team also played Doncaster, the 2016 premier. The girls also won with 5-1, with two goals to women’s Premier League reserves player Emilia Downes.

The Under 12 girls A team played Toorak East Malvern for a 4-1 win, with two goals to Brylee Roberts and Taylor Nel. The Under 12 A grade boys team also had a 5-1 victory against Greensborough, the goals shared.

The senior section, with nine teams taking the field in the pennant and metro grades, had eight wins and one draw.

The men’s thirds, Pennant A, who were runners-up last year, had a 9-1 win over Melbourne Uni with Craig Hardham taking a hat-trick.

The pennant D team, after two draws to start the season, had a 5-2 win over Brunswick with two goals to Hardeep Singh Dhaliwal.

The team of the weekend in the men’s section was Metro B, consisting of a group of juniors, five of them under 14, and more experienced members of the club, including parents and mentors. It had a 7-0 win over Frankston. Lachlan Paice scored twice and Aiden Mosford once.

The women’s thirds, Pennant B, took from Hawthorn what Hawthorn thought was a certain win when Loren Tyrrell scored a goal in the last seconds to take the game to a one-all draw.