Round 2 write ups
The premier league team faced Melbourne Uni for the fifth game of the year, which was also the live streamed game for the week. We started confidently however were unable to take our chances going into the attacking circle & Melbourne Uni punished these missed opportunities, going into half time leading 2-0. Much of the same in the second half, with MUHC taking another change early in the half and eventually running out winners on the day 3-1. Essendon’s only goal scored by Liam Schreck late in the game.
The premier league reserve team also faced Melbourne Uni after a close loss (4-3) to Doncaster only 5 days before on ANZAC day. Essendon controlled the game early and were able to take their opportunities and went into half time leading 2-1. The domination continued with Essendon scoring at will in the second half, adding seven goals to the tally to run away 9-3 winners.
Goals: Gibbs 3, A Oswald 2, Calant, Smart, Thompsett & Madsen.
Essendon hosted Footscray for our first Pennant A home game for the year. We were able to compete well and capitalise in front of goals with two goals to Charlie, and went into the break leading 2-1. Unfortunately Footscray were able to gain some momentum in the second half, scoring two goals and we were unable to convert some great play forward and finished the game losing 3-2. There were good signs during the game that even though we have been newly promoted to Pennant A, the Pen A team will be competitive throughout the year.
The self-proclaimed “Dream Team” played their first home game of the season and showed why they will be tough to beat this year with a dominant display against MCC. The boys were on top from the first whistle and Wally’s deflection for a goal early in the first half set the tone for the match. We were able to piece some quality hockey together and went into half time 4-0 ahead. More of the same in the second half, with another four goals making for an impressive 8-0 victory.
Goals: Tannenberg 2, D Oswald 2, MacMillan, Tacono, Krassaris & Cleur.
This weekend’s game presented a huge challenge, taking on the former St Bernard’s Vic League side. From the first play it was evident that they had a higher skill and fitness level than us. They managed to score 2 goals early in the first half from quick breaks. After that Essendon settled into the game we play best. Strong marking, clear communication and a simple traditional structure.
The second half was a much closer contest with the home side having much more control over the pace of the game, even being able to produce a few attacking runs and putting the pressure back on the opposition. The frustration from the St Bernard’s side was plain to see and this provided us with a good incentive to keep playing a strong team based game.
Final score a 0-2 loss. The result may not have been a win but everyone on the team was proud of the effort and the hard work that we put in to keep a stronger team to a small margin.
Metro B NW
0-6 loss to the newly formed Hume Hockey Club. A hard second match for the team, against a tough opposition
A great second win for the PL women at home on Sunday for the live stream against Melbourne Uni. Final score Ess 5 – MUHC 1. MUHC managed to steal a goal in the first half against the run of play, but the Bombers were too good in the end. A stunning hat trick to Aisling Utri and one each to Brioni Lahn and Erica Trahar.
Premier League Reserves
5-3 win! PLR kept up the good form on Sunday evening at home to make it 3 wins from four games against MUHC. Goals scored by Georgina Humphries, Jacqueline Lewis-Gray and 3 to PLR coach and everyone’s favourite hockey mum around the club, Jo Francis.
3-0 win against MUHC. Goals scored by Emily Baldwin, Brittany Ward and Wendy Smith.
4-1 win against Footscray at home. A brace to Maria Krassaris and Iris Milham.
2-1 win against Parkville Women’s at Essendon in the late game on Saturday. Goals scored by Rosalia Delly and Alicia Carmichael.