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Family affairs at Southern


Southern United's Anna Ghuliani, who played with her mother, Deb.

SOUTHERN United was one of the hundreds of hockey clubs around Australia that celebrated National Hockey Week over the weekend.

With many of the grassroots teams playing at Farm Rd, it was a perfect time to be part of it.

Saturday morning started with the 50 youngsters from local clubs in the Under 10 quarter-field competition.

Most finished the Hookin2Hockey program earlier in the year and are now part of the ongoing local games.

They are a great way to make life easy for siblings to play together while parents watch, enjoy the sausage sizzle and egg and bacon rolls, in the cool of a winter morning. Some of the Southern United men’s teams took centre stage for the afternoon, with the Pennant E team taking on Altona.

The Pennant E team is a classic example of the family friendly hockey environment with two sets of brothers playing — Liam and Max Eddington and Shane and David Fisher — together with father-and-son combination Martin and Ted Harvey. The result was a strong 4-1 win to Southern with the goals shared around. The Pennant F match against MCC only had one family group with club stalwart Chris Abaniel playing with son Zach in the 6-1 win. The last game of the day was Metro A against Doncaster and featured two father-andson combinations: Louis Carstens with son Jacques in goals, and Chris Lewis and son Liam.

On Sunday the women teams took to the field. The two Southern teams enjoying the winter sun at Farm Rd have had a great start to the season, with both undefeated. The Metro A team showed its prowess with a 5-0 win over Waverley with mother-and-daughter combinations of Jane and Molly O’Neill, and Deb and Anna Ghuliani on the field. The last game of the day for National Hockey week saw the Pennant F team with mother and daughter Allison and Evie Stansby both scoring a goal in the 3-1 win over Frankston.

— Anna Jennings

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