United teams push Camberwell


Southern United star Megan Hull.

THE Southern United Premier league teams met super club Camberwell at Farm Rd on the weekend — and more than held their own.

Camberwell has been a power of Victorian hockey for years, but United was not willing to let the visitors have the run of the pitch.

The Southern women’s team had a bad start to the game with Sarah Stewart of Camberwell getting the ball in the net early. With the strength of the young players in the team, Charley Malligan replied with a goal 10 minutes later. But it was Camerbwell leading 2-1 at half time. The game looked as though it may finish with that result, but a penaltycorner goal by Kirsten Gardiner at the 68th minute evened the score.

Another goal for Southern looked likely but exceptional goal keeping by Camberwell’s Jessica Durst, guarding the D like a tiger, produced a final scoreline of 2-all, a credit to the tenacity of the Southern players.

The men’s team also played a mighty game against unbeaten ladder leader Camberwell. The Camberwell team included former Kookaburras George Bazeley and Andrew Philpott as well as Australian development squad member Max Hendry.

The Under 12 boys from the club created a guard of honour for the players as they entered the ground as part of the hockey round to support men’s health.

At half time, the Southern players were down 3-1, but they battled on, scoring two goals in the second half, and an exciting push in the last 10 minutes ended in a 4-3 win to Camberwell.

In other exciting news for the Southern United, the Victorian Women’s Hockey Squad, the Vipers, has been announced for 2017 and it includes United’s Megan Hull. She joined the club this year from New Zealand and has shown her skills not only as a player, but also a mentor to younger teammates and as a coach for some of the junior teams.