Shared from the 9/6/2017 Moorabbin - Kingston eEdition

HOCKEY

Premier teams win thrillers

THE weekend of finals for Southern United Hockey Club produced some strong results in tense matches, with five junior teams qualifying for grand finals and six men’s and two women’s teams continuing their finals campaigns.

The men’s Premier league and reserves teams qualified for finals for the first time.

The top men finished eighth on the ladder and played Waverley (fifth) in a finals format similar to AFL.

It was a close game with the score one-all at the finish of normal time, necessitating an exciting “penalty shoot out” to decide the winner.

Five attackers in turn face a one-on-one with the goalie and have eight seconds to get the ball in the net.

Brad Marais, 17, Nathan Ephraums, 18, and Josh Ephrams, 20, found the net, while goal keeper Ed Arnold showed his prowess.

The last player to attack for Southern was Waseem Ahmeed, the Pakistani international.

He showed his experience and composure, slotting the fourth goal to move Southern through to the next final against Altona.

The Premier league reserves followed a similar pattern against Melbourne University Hockey Club, with the score three-all at end of standard time.

The ensuing penalty shoot out benefited from the skills of David Hammond in goals.

After the first series of five the draw had not been broken. Moving on to sudden death, young Carlin Walker scored the winning goal in the final one on one.

In the junior preliminary finals, five teams progressed to the grand finals.

The Under 14 and Under 16 mixed A grade teams had emphatic results, with the Under 14s beating Greensborough 7-1 and the Under 16s beating Altona 10-0 with Carlin Walker scoring four goals.

The Under 16 mixed, Under 14 mixed and girls will play their grand finals at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on Friday night.

The Under 12 girls A grade team will play on Saturday morning, and the Under 18s beat Mentone in the preliminary final to play Greensborough in the grand final.

— Anna Jennings

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