HOCKEY

Finals fever for juniors


Southern United will be well represented as teams fight it out for flags

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Edward Fitzgerald on his way to a hat-trick.

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Southern United’s Under 12 girls after their win against Brumbies.

THE Southern United juniors played their penultimate round on the weekend — and they shone.

All age group firsts teams had wins and are likely to make the finals.

The Under 12 girls have dominated the season, and continued to do so with a 7-0 win over KBH Brumbies with a hat-trick to Brylee Roberts.

With only one game remaining the girls are clearly minor premiers four points ahead of second position.

The Under 12 boys, fourth on the ladder, needed a good result, and they got it, winning 4-2 with a hat-trick to Max Hoult.

The Under 14 girls had a similar result to the Under 12 girls, beating Gippsland 9-1. Southern is on top of the ladder, but are only one point clear of second and need to win next week over bottom side Geelong to take the minor premiership.

The Under 14 mixed Shield team a third-versus-fourth game against Hawthorn. Southern showed its strength with the eight state players in the team and won 5-0, Edward Fitzgerald scoring a hat-trick.

The Under 16 Shield team is fighting to take out the minor premiership, to give it better run in the finals, where all teams face sudden death. The 5-0 score against Powerhouse helped United in that quest.

The Under 16 girls team has found its feet in the latter half of the season and is also looking at a finals place with a 2-0 win over Mornington. Zara Challis and Nicole Johnson scored goals.

— Anna Jennings