HOCKEY

Wins and Vic honours for United

THE winter weather set in for junior hockey last Friday night.

But the cold weather did not deter the Southern United players, who had a clean sweep at the home matches at Farm Rd. The Under 14 and 16 mixed A teams proved too strong for the Footscray sides with the Under 14s winning 3-0 and the Under 16s 8-0. Max Hoult scored twice for the Under 14s. As the weather deteriorated again the third game for the night was an Under 18 clash between South and close-tohome rival St Bede’s.

Both teams have had a great start to the season, but United, under the coaching of club life member Cameron Hunter and men’s seconds player and club stalwart Steven Duffield, proved too strong in the 5-0 win.

There were two goals for Samantha Chew.

In the Premier League matches at Doncaster the Southern United players also performed well. The women’s team gained a 5-1win, with captain and life member Tamsin Nelson scoring twice.

In the men’s match, Doncaster, which has won every game this year, suffered its first hiccup when the Southern team managed a 3-3 draw. The Southern Premier League players had lots to celebrate on the weekend with Hockey Victoria selecting the Under 21 Victorian team to play in the Australian championships in July.

Seven Southern United players have been picked in the two 18-member teams — Nathan Ephraums, Brad Marais and Josh Mulder on the men’s side and Amy Lawton, Georgia Elston, Laura Johnson and Olivia Downes for the women’s unit.