Shared from the 4/3/2019 Moorabbin - Kingston eEdition

Hockey

Ahmad puts on a show

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Waseem Ahmad with Mackenzie Thompson and Emily Hamilton-Smith.

THE start of the 2019 hockey season is near, with the Southern United teams completing their final practice matches on the weekend.

The men’s team played Mentone and the women tackled MCC.

The club also had a party to celebrate the season of 2018, when it had its most successful season and to welcome 2019.

The afternoon started with the young children of the club showing off their skills in some fun games on the hockey pitch.

Kingston city councillors Ron Brownlees and Geoff Gleadhill dropped in and were encouraged by Australian Youth Olympian Craig Marais to enter the pitch and join the hockey skills competition, which they did, with aplomb.

The day ended with a “Legends versus Young Guns” game.

The legends were made up of lub best and fairest players, State Under 21 or open players and international players who play or have played for the club.

Their opponents contained players under the age of 25 who play for the club and have represented the state or Australia. While the legends were given a three-goal start, the first quarter allowed them to make use of their vast skill and increase the lead over the young guns.

The younger legs gradually gained a speed advantage with the game finishing with the legends winning 9-8.

The youngest player on the pitch was 15 and the oldest over 60.

The highlight of the game was Pakistani legend and Southern United Hockey Club Premier League player Waseem Ahmad toying with ball down the side lines.

Mackenzie Thompson and Emily Hamilton Smith were helpless to gain control.

Ahmad has played more than 400 games for Pakistan and is arguably one of the best left-half hockey players ever. He’s in his third year with Southern United.

The family nature of the club was also on display with Alistair Hart playing for the young guns, pitted against his parents Allen and Lorraine in the legends team.

And cousins Shantel Hastings and Steven Duffield were also legends.

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