HOCKEY

A round of draws and thumping wins

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Ed Arnold and Ted Harvey playing in the Pennant E game at Melbourne High. Picture: Cont

HOCKEY is a game that is traditionally low scoring, with a small touch of the ball making a difference between a win and a draw.

Last weekend was no exception.

There were contrasting results, including a plethora of draws and some amazing wins for Southern United teams.

The split results started at the top with the men’s Premier League and reserves teams finishing with 3-3 and 1-1 draws respectively at Footscray.

Both teams kept sixth position on the ladder.

At the home of Southern at Farm Rd in Cheltenham, the results were similar.

The men’s Pennant A team also drew with Footscray.

At half time the score was 4-1, but the Southern players fought back with three goals in the last 10 minutes to share the spoils.

The unbeaten women’s Pennant F team suffered a similar fate, with a three-all draw against the Gippsland team.

At Hawthorn, the men’s Pennant F team, on top of the ladder, also drew 4-4, with Julian Pratt scoring twice.

The women’s Pennant B team, second on the ladder, also fell to the spell of a draw in the nil-all knot against MCC and to round things out the men’s Pennant E team, at the amazing Melbourne High hockey ground, hidden behind Chapel St in Richmond, finished 2-2.

That said, there were some games that did produce results.

In the women’s section, a 15-0 win for the Metro A team showed how quickly goals could be scored.

The junior sides could not be left out of the extreme wins.

The Under 14 mixed Pennant started the weekend with Charlie Williams scoring a hat-trick in the 7-1 win against Doncaster, while Molly O’Neill scored two goals.

Molly followed that win when, as part of the Under 14 girls 7-0 win over Toorak East Malvern, she landed a hat- trick.

The Under 16 girls had a 7-0 win over Camberwell, with Isabel Bennett also scoring a hat-trick. Carien Boshoff had a double. To finish off the night of big wins on Friday the Under 16 Mixed Shield also beat Doncaster in a 6-2 win. Carlin Walker put through three goals and Crag Marais two.