Round 3 write ups
On a cold and rainy day out at Doncaster the PL men were eager to bounce back after the 5-1 loss on Anzac day. It did not take long for the first goal to be scored with Donny hitting one within 10 minutes, only for the Bombers to nick one back straight away with young gun Hugh Snowden getting on the scoresheet. The constant pressure from the Bombers after hitting that goal seemed to be too much for the Donny defenders with a rocket of a shot from Alistair McLennan to put the Bombers 2-1 up. Donny quickly equalised and in a well fought out first half we went into half time 3-2 down. We started the second half well and scored 15 minutes in with a nice deflection from Daniel Gibbs. The rest of the second half was even up until we gave away a short corner in the last 10 minutes from which Doncaster managed to score and saw out the rest of the match with the one goal lead. All round a good performance from the team but disappointed not to get any points. Looking forward to taking the chocolates against Southern at home this week.
Unfortunately Essendon Men’s PLR lost 6-0 away to Doncaster this week. Maybe it was down to a 5pm start on a cold Saturday evening or some tired legs from the game before, but Doncaster played with a greater intensity from the first whistle and found themselves with a 3-0 lead heading into half time. Essendon started the second half in a much better fashion exerting a lot of pressure on the Doncaster goal, in particular young gun Oscar Smart weaving his way through the Doncaster defence. Unfortunately Essendon were unable to convert this pressure on to the scoreboard and conceded a further three goals after the break. Overall some positive periods of play, but a more sustained effort required over 70 minutes next week.
Pennant A went out to Waverley on a cold afternoon with a young team playing. We started off well, adopting a new structure which would allow our strikers plenty of space to put the ball in the net. In no time Anthony Cutajar found space and put it in the bottom right corner, giving us the best possible start. However being top of the ladder, Waverley found their strength and snuck 2 goals in before half time. We consolidated in the second half with Elias Fernandez equalling the scores off a drag flick. It was a very intense match ending in a draw but the boys are very keen to get a win on the board as we take on Melbourne Uni at 2pm at Essendon on Saturday.
After two relatively straight forward games, Pennant D had its first real challenge of the season playing against last year’s grand finalists in KBH Brumbies. The first half was a tight affair with few solid chances for either team, although KBH broke the deadlock scoring their only goal with the ball making it through Essendon’s defence finding a free man on the post and the ball just trickling over the line after being almost saved by Devlin. The second half provided a lot of action for KBH’s goal, with Essendon dominating the half but not being able to convert their chances, which showed in the amount of penalty corners Essendon were awarded. Mitch Tacono finally scored a scrappy field goal after some great work by the forwards. Unfortunately, that’s how the game ended, 1-1. With the talented juniors, and a few old blokes running around, the signs are very good for Pennant D with a solid start of 2-1-0. Next week’s challenge is last year’s Premiership winner, Camberwell!
PenG travelled out to Elgar Park for their round 3 game against Old Carey in the newly created competition. The Bombers were put under pressure from the get-go by a more experienced and older opposition but true to form the Red and Black held firm with some solid, albeit scrappy defending keeping Carey to a single goal at half time.
A formation change at the break saw Carey scramble to keep pace and the Bombers started to create some serious chances for the first time in the match only to have the deficit doubled via a short corner midway through the second. Old Carey’s 2 goal buffer didn’t last long however as a Laytten Smith goal via another PC put Essendon back into the game at 2-1.
The team didn’t drop their heads and kept on persisting however the young and inexperienced forward line was no match for the plucky and stronger defence of the OC unit and 2-1 was how the game eventually played out.
The Bombers sit in 6th position and play top of the table Dandenong next Sunday at home.
2-1 win against United Khalsa out at Hume Hockey Ground in Cragieburn. Goals scored by Harrison Mulkearns and Laytten Smith.
Another monsoon hit the Doncaster hockey field for the women’s premier league match on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, Doncaster swam to victory with a 6-3 win. Goggles may have been needed, but not for Aisling Utri who scored two goals.
Unfortunate result for the premier league reserve girls, 4-1 down. A slow start saw Doncaster take full advantage; however we upped the intensity and played a much better second half!
Pen A had a 2 all draw against Mentone, who had very fast & skilful forwards to keep up with. Plenty to take from the game and lots to work on at training throughout the week.
A tough 0-1 loss against Waverley on the weekend. Considering our oppositions had 13 goals from their first 2 games, we were able to defend well and keep them at bay.
Was great to have Chappy’s guidance from the side line for the Pennant D game to help provide some direction. Thanks to all the girls who filled in for the game (especially Woody & Bec). We ended up with a great result winning 4-3 and it was nice being able to sing the song after a well-earned win.
A bye this week for our Metro B NW team.