Southern youngsters are leading the charge

IT’S getting towards the pointy end of the hockey season, and Southern United Hockey Club’s juniors are in good shape.

In a stellar season, more than half of Southern United’s junior teams are in topfour positions.

The under-16s have had the strongest season so far. Southern United’s mixed shield team was third on the ladder two weeks ago and, last weekend played the game of their lives to beat Camberwell before following up with a 3-1 win over Waverley in a top-of-the-ladder clash. Billy Hanrahan scored two goals and Sam Letts one. This gives Southern top spot with two rounds remaining.

The under-16 mixed pennant side is fifth on the ladder and showed its strength in a 5-1 win over Waverley on Friday night. This cohort of players, when playing in under-14 mixed pennant two years ago, finished with just two wins for the season. The growth in these players, with the support of great coaches during the past two years, has been significant.

In the under-16 district competition, C Grade, Southern United has two teams competing. The Red team, which trains at the club’s ground at Farm Rd in Cheltenham, banked its seventh win of the season, 3-0, against Bayside. With great team work, the goals were shared around the team.

The Black team, which trains at the club’s other pitch at Brighton Secondary College, finished its game against Dandenong with the scoreboard showing a 12-0 win. Zach Adam-Gedge scored five goals with a hattrick to Ben Castanelli, who is playing his first year of club hockey.

These two teams are vying for fourth on the ladder and, with two games remaining, it will be intriguing to see who comes out on top.

The under-16 girls had a bye this week and are third.