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Hockey

United star step closer to Kookaburras

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Nathan Ephraums was selected in the Australian men’s development squad.

IT has been a big week for Southern United Hockey Club.

It started with men’s Premier League player Nathan Ephraums selected in the Australian men’s development squad.

The 19-year-old has been a member of the Australian Under 21 team for two years, having been part of Victorian junior teams since 2009.

He started at Southern United as a youngster and represented the Australian Under 21 team in the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia in 2017 and 2018. Ephraums was also a member of the Victorian Vikings in 2018. He’s now one step closer to being part of the Australian men’s team, the Kookaburras.

The busy weekend of hockey at Kingston Heath Reserve began with the unfurling of the 2018 men’s Premier League flag, a great start to five games of hockey on Saturday. Southern was victorious in all games.

The men and women Premier teams played Altona with the Southern teams depleted with eight players out on state duties.

The women had control for most of the game, finishing with a strong 3-1 win.

The men’s team kept the crowd on the edge of the seat with the score 0-0 at quarter time. In the second quarter Altona scored, but Southern’s Liam Schinina scoring within a minute. The game stayed tied up until the last minutes. Josh Ephraums scored with four minutes to go and then, following a yellow card to Altona, Southern took advantage with a goal after the siren to take the score to a 3-1 win.

While hockey was continuing in Melbourne, the Victorian Under 15 team played in the Australian championships in Narellan, NSW with the girls team taking out the gold medal in an exciting match.

Southern United’s Shauna Mitchell was part of the victorious Vics team.

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