Shared from the 9/20/2017 Moorabbin - Kingston eEdition

HOCKEY

Premiership for Southern United


Women’s Metro A team comes from behind to take flag

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Above: the United women’s Metro A side. Left: men’s Pennant D.

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FOUR Southern United teams played in grand finals on the weekend but the club had to be content with one premiership.

The women’s Metro A side defeated Old Haileyburians Association 4-2 after being 2-0 down early on in the game, but fought back brilliantly.

With three players who featured in the Under 14 girls final the week before, Metro A is a mix of youngsters being mentored by some experienced hands.

Two mother-and-daughter combinations played in the team: Jane and Molly O’Neill and Deborah and Anna Ghuliani.

The premiership gave 16-year-old Samantha Chew two premierships in seven days. She was a member of the Under 18 mixed team premiership team last week as a field player, and the goalkeeper for the women’s metro A team.

Other teams in grand finals put up strong showings.

The Men’s Pennant D team came from fourth on the ladder to make the grand final, but minor premier Essendon proved too strong.

The team included life member Brian Paxton, who started playing for the club at the age of seven, and Rylan Pease, 14.

The men’s pennant F team had finished as minor premier, but Powerhouse St Kilda proved too strong in the grand final.

And the men’s Metro A team finished normal time two-all with Doncaster, with the game going to penalty shoot outs.

A big ask for 13-year-old Jacques Carstens in goals, he performed admirably, but Doncaster got the win.

Hockey proves again what a great sport it is with fatherand-son combinations Chris and Zach Abaniel playing in the Pennant F team, and Louis and Jacques Carstens in the men’s Metro A grand final.

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