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HOCKEY

Juniors making their mark at United

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The Southern United Under 12 boys celebrating their win.

SOUTHERN United’s Premier League teams travelled to Altona for Round 6 and split the spoils, with the women winning 3-2 and the men losing 5-4.

The United women were in a strong position going in to the match, with four wins giving them fifth place on the ladder.

Hockey is a challenging game, and nothing is a sure thing, as Southern found against the 11th-placed Altona. At half time the hosts led 2-0 and an upset was in the works.

Southern rallied with three goals, scored by Tamsin Nelson, Emily Hamilton Smith and Olivia Finlayson, including a goal after the final whistle.

The strength of the Southern United Premier teams comes from an area the club has nurtured over the years, the juniors.

The goal scorers against Altona are all under-age team products. Nelson was the Under 17 best and fairest in 1996 for Moorabbin Districts, one of the foundation clubs that created Southern United in 2006.

Finlayson was one of the first state representatives from the new club, when she played for the Under 13 Victoria in 2006. Hamilton Smith is a key member of this season’s Under 16 A grade team.

The men’s Premier League team did not have quite the same success with a close game going the other way.

The goal scorers included more graduates of the Southern junior program in Mackenzie Thompson and Nathan Ephraums, as well as Craig Marais, a teammate of Hamilton Smith in the Under 16 A grade team.

That strength of the current juniors at United was evident in results of the weekend. The Under 12 girls and boys pennant teams recorded wins against Camberwell with the boys winning 10-0. Both Xavier Connor and Hamish Layzell scored hattricks.

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