HOCKEY

United men do the double

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Nathan and Josh Ephraums celebrating Nathan’s goal on the weekend.

WITH school holidays finishing, only senior hockey teams took to the field on the weekend.

The Southern United pitch at Farm Rd was busy with the Premier League teams taking on the newly promoted Yarra Valley Hockey Club on Sunday.

The United men’s team is having a good season, sitting sixth on the ladder. And with the new finals format of eight teams playing in the finals, the Southern team needed to continue its results to keep in the running.

Southern scored the first goal and led 1-0 at half time.

The Yarra team did not give up and pushed the locals all the way, but United took the three points with a 3-2 win thanks to a massive save by Southern goalie Ed Arnold in the dying seconds of the game.

The goals were scored by the up-and-coming players of the team, one to Mackenzie Thompson and two to Nathan Ephraums.

Nathan and Southern teammates Laura Johnson, Brad Marais, Josh Mulder, and Josh Ephraums had just returned from 10 days in Wollongong where they played in the Victorian Under 21 team in the Australian Championships.

The Victorian men finished fourth and the women fifth.

The Southern United men’s reserves team completed the double for the top two teams. After a first-half where neither team could get the ball in the net, the second half saw a plethora of goals in a 5-2 United win.

Unlike the Premier league team, the goals were scored by the more mature players in Premier league coach Jesse Workman (two goals), Mark Tesoriero (two) and Craig Hardham.

Tesoriero and Hardham were members of the Moorabbin State League two premiership team in 2002, prior to the amalgamation of clubs to create Southern United.