HOCKEY

Premier finals for United

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Southern United men's Premier League team has qualified for the finals.

WHILE one round remains for senior hockey in Melbourne, the home-and away season has finished for the Southern United Premier League teams with both men and women’s teams fixtured a bye for the last round.

The Southern United Men’s Premier League and Reserves teams have secured a spot in the finals, the first time the club has achieved this.

With the increase to 15 teams in Premier League in 2017, the top eight are qualified for finals in a format similar to the AFL.

The men’s Premier league team has secured eighth position in the ladder, sitting one point above Hawthorn, which finished second on the ladder in 2016.

While the men do not know who they will play as yet — it depends on the results of this weekend’s game — excitement in the club is mounting.

The men’s reserves team has finished sixth. It also too needs to wait for the results of next weekend to find out their opponent.

The women’s Premier League team, playing only its second year in the top grade, missed out on finals by only one position on the ladder, finishing ninth.

The season ended strongly for the women’s team with a draw against third-placed Doncaster on the weekend, and a win the previous week against KBH Brumbies.

The season has finished for the juniors, and with great excitement and fanfare nine teams from Southern United have qualified for finals.

Three were minor premiers.

The Under 16 mixed Shield team finished strongly against Brumbies on Friday night in their 5-0 win, to finish three points ahead of Waverley.

The Under 14 Shield girls showed their skills with a 14-0 win over Geelong. The Under 12 Shield girls team had their minor premiership secured a few round prior to the end of season.

All Southern A grade junior teams finished in the final four, Under 14 mixed pennant and Under 16 district south also achieved a finals gig finishing third and fourth respectively, and the Under 18 team finished with a second position, giving it a double chance.