Shared from the 6/7/2017 Moorabbin - Kingston eEdition

HOCKEY

Future bright for United


Southern foursome called up to national squad for emerging players

IT was time for celebration at Southern United Hockey Club with Hockey Australia announcing the selection of players in the Australian Futures Squad.

The squad is for Under 18 players who have demonstrated the potential to develop into the next generation of Hockeyroos and Kookaburras.

This year seven Victorians were selected — and four are part of Southern United.

For Olivia Downes, Nathan Ephraums and Josh Mulder, it’s their second year in the squad, and for 16-yearold Amy Lawton it’s her first year. All four players made their start in the junior section of United, before moving to senior Premier League teams.

Olivia started at Southern in 2008 at the age of seven, while Nathan began playing in 2005.

While this exciting news was announced, Lawton was in Europe as co vice-captain of the Under 17 School Sports Australia team, having alsotoured South Africa with the team in 2016.

In hockey on Friday night Southern United showed why they could produce juniors such as those selected in the Futures squad, with the Under 14 and 16 mixed and girls first teams all playing great games.

The Under 16 mixed Shield team played Powerhouse/St Kilda, which could not contain the onslaught from Victorian Under 15 captain Craig Marais and Premier League reserves player Carlin Walker. Both scored hattricks in the 7-1 win.

The Under 14 mixed team had similar results against Hawthorn, with Tyler Jacobs scoring two goals in a 4-0 win.

The Under 14 girls Shield match against Toorak East Malvern was exciting to watch with two highly skilled teams battling it out.

The result of the game was a fitting 3-3 draw with both teams keeping their unbeaten record for the year and Molly O’Neill scoring a hat-trick.

The Under 16 girls team, which had a tough start to the year, also took honours with a 1-0 win over Altona, Jessica Grant scoring the goal. On Saturday morning the Under 12 girls showed they also have the skill with a 7-1 win over KBH Brumbies.

— Anna Jennings

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