HOCKEY

Youthful United has 4-0 victory

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THE 2018 hockey season for the state’s Premier League competition started on the weekend with the Southern United teams playing at home at Farm Rd, Cheltenham against Waverley.

With the Commonwealth Games in full flight, the inspiration of the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos was front of mind for all players.

The United women’s Premier League team, with nine players under the age of 18, including 13-year-old Josie Lawton and 14-year-old Emilia Downes, let the young players show their style in the 4-0 win over Waverley.

The goals were scored by 15-year-olds Jamie Zimmerman and Emily Hamilton- Smith, who was also taking on captain duties, 16-year-old Amy Lawton and 17-year-old Olivia Downes.

The men’s team had a tougher game against the stronger Waverley. Last year Waverley had finished fifth on the ladder, and Southern eighth, and in a tight elimination final Southern edged out Waverley in a penalty shootout.

The first-round rematch had a lot more than three points at stake.

The Southern team was also a mix of younger and older players, with five players from the state Under 18 team. The game finished in a 3-all draw with Waseem Ahmad, the Pakistani hockey veteran and star now living in Australia, scoring in the last minutes. Aldo della Palma and Matt ‘Hullier scored the other goals.

— Anna Jennings