Very short, but thanks to Tony and Dave…

Short and sweet this week, as we received no match report from any of our senior men’s or women’s teams and only two from our juniors.

Team managers/coaches: the deadline for match reports is Tuesday evening, to johnmulcair@optusnet.com.au.

And, don’t forget, pictures are welcome.

Match reports

Juniors

Under 13A

Sutho Geckos 3 def St George 1

Thank you to Rory Staples for the pictures

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An away win to the Geckos, but it was a tough game from start to finish. It’s always a challenge playing St George on their home turf, and the Geckos just couldn’t seem to get on top.

In the first few minutes of the game, St George nearly scored with some loose marking and tackling by the Geckos, but their shot just went wide of the goal post.

This seemed to be the wake-up call the Geckos needed and they created quite a few chances at the other end following the early reprieve.

The St George goalkeeper was excellent throughout the game and made many very good saves.

The Geckos eventually opened their account with a good solo effort by Matty Rose, dribbling the ball into the circle, dragging around the keeper and a controlled back-stick into the goal – some very handy skills on display!

This was quickly followed by a goal to Piper Bentley whose shot on goal managed to sneak through the keeper’s pads and roll into the goal.

Geckos Round2 - SAHowever, reality then struck – the Geckos were 2-0 up – and St George were dominating and earned three short corners in a row. This required some terrific saves from the Gecko’s goalie, Nick Sullivan.

Despite this, St George eventually found the back of the net and the score at half-time was 2-1 to the Geckos.

Both teams seemed to dominate in patches in the second half, with the St George keeper continuing to make some tremendous saves.

But the Geckos scored the goal of the season (so far) in the second half. The ball travelled down the right side of the field and then angled in towards the St George circle.

There were four Geckos players across the top of the circle and each player received the ball, drew their opposition player before passing the ball to the Gecko player on their left.

The second last Gecko player drew the keeper out of their goal before passing to an unmarked Lachlan Staples on the far left who pushed the ball into the goal.

It was an amazing team goal that I hope to see repeated.

Best and fairest: 3 Shontae Salmon, 2 Lachlan Staples, 1 Chloe Holmes. Goals: Matthew Rose, Piper Bentley, Lachlan Staples.

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Geckos Round2 - LS (2)

Under 11A

Sutho 7 d UNSW 1

DSC_1072We had a fast and furious game this week (our match was reduced to only half an hour due to a double booking with the Daceyville field).

With the increased time pressure on the team, the Geckos stood up and achieved a fantastic 7-1 victory.

Jonty Austin scored 3 goals and was awarded player of the match.

Darcy Matthews and Zara Matthews were awarded 2 and 1 points respectively for their outstanding game play.

The rest of the team continued our simple theme of keeping the ball wide and taking free hits very quickly.

Best and fairest: 3 Jonty Austin, 2 Darcy Matthews, 1 Zara Matthews. Goals: Jonty Austin 3, Finn Wille, Lachlan Duhne, Rhys Bollard, Cameron Sprod 1 each.

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Juniors and Minkey 2017 under way

It was a great start to 2017 Minkey last Friday night, when more than 60 youngsters lined up at Sutho.

For many, we trust it will be the first steps into distinguished careers in the game.

Once again, there is a large contingent from Danebank, with both students and hockey players contributing as coaches helping support the program.

Also good to see joint Sutho first grade coach, Jay Holley, being part of the action. Peter and Trish Krepp and John Cowan are putting in their usual huge efforts in helping interest youngsters in our game.

We’ll get a picture of all the people who are working so hard in the background for a future edition.

Minkey starts at 4.30 pm each Friday and registration is still open. For further information: Minkey registration

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DSC_1064Match reports

Thank you to the teams that have supplied match reports. Thanks to Craig Turner for 1st and 3rd grade pictures, and to Dave Richardson for his contribution to the U13 Geckos coverage.

For those that have not supplied match reports, the deadline is Tuesday evening of each week, by email to johnmulcair@optusnet.com.au

Men

1st grade

No report

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 2nd grade

Sutho 0 lost to Moorebank 2

Although the team played much better than the week before, we still lost at the end of the day.  There is still much improvement needed if we are to make the semis in the first instance and certainly the grand final.

In summary, the team played some really good hockey throughout the match but still couldn’t score goals. We will work on the strikers and their goal scoring this week at training.

 3rd grade

Sutho 1 lost to Moorebank 2.

20170429 Sutho defence 3rd grade 20170429 Holding out. 3rd gradeAnother week, another game that got away.

On a warm Saturday arvo at Moorebank, Sutho started very strongly and converted a corner in the first couple of minutes from a Sean Kelly thunderbolt, after good lead up work from the forwards on the break.

Moorebank responded by playing very high and stretching our defence, then overlapping the extra man from their backs into the midfield.

Result: 15 minutes of overlapping pressure that eventually saw Moorebank score from an excellent tomahawk at the top of the circle. Gradually Sutho started to fall away and reduce the impact of that overlap, and the game evened right out.

Half-time focus was on keeping that depth in defence, then countering on the turnover.

Craig also advised our wide backs to receive higher and for defenders to intercept in front. And we did, the game plan worked, we closed their space in our red zone and attacked on the counter.

A couple of “horrible” misses (read open goals) from excellent lead up work by strikers, meant their late goal, from a well taken corner, was enough to earn them the win.

That leaves us 1 point from 2 weeks against top 5 sides from last year, and they now both sit above us and inside the six, while we are 9th, but only 2 wins off first – very close competition.

Pleasingly we have dominated large portions of both games in different conditions and different styles, and really should have done better on the score board.

This week we managed a number of corners, scoring off one and nearly off another, which was a good outcome reflecting attention to those details at training is paying off. Excellent patience and strength in the attacking circle. More work to do on corner defence!

Thanks to the huge crowd, especially in the 2nd half, and thanks for staying around to watch 1st grade after us, as I know they appreciate it! Thanks also to Craig for the excellent photos.

Points 3: Nick Rose, 2 Damon Arapa, 1 Josh Gilbertson. Goal: Sean Kelly.

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4th grade

No report

5th grade

No report

6th grade

Sutho 3 d St George 1 at Kyeemagh.

With a full team on a lovely evening we started well, keeping the ball in the St George half for most of the 35 minutes, with Conner scoring a goal from an acute angle.

Rotating subs gave us a freshness during the game and after the break we scored again with Matt scoring from the perfect half position backing up the forwards.

St George popped one just inside the post from a top of the circle hit.

We had some good efforts at goal and their keeper played well until Tom scoring a rebound making the final score 3-1.

Now a good feeling in the team ready for some more wins and training on Wednesday.

Best and fairest: 3 Conner Crowley  2 Alex Doyle and 1 Ross Crowley. Goals Conner Crowley, Matthew Reid and Tom Hausman.

Women

1st Grade SEHA A PREMIER DIVISION

Sutho 3 drew Esquires 3

With our fearless leader Aragorn (Sarah) on an adventure in Middle Earth, Gandalf (Grant) stepped in to lead us into battle for a top of the table clash against last year’s Major Premiers, The Orcs (Esquires).

With our full Company of 14 available to play our second home game of the season in The Shire, spirits were high and we went in with the belief that had carried us to wins in our first two games of the season.

From the start, we dominated play and executed our game plan perfectly, resulting in two early goals to Kristen and Alex. As expected, the very experienced Esquires fought back and took advantage of a couple of lapses in concentration to score 2 goals of their own and we went into half time 2-2.

As the Balrog had forgotten the lollies, we could only feast on the wise words from Gandalf to reinvigorate us going into the second half.

With a very even second 35 minutes of the game between the two teams, tight marking, stick-to-stick passing and good leading resulted in Kristen scoring again to get our third goal of the game.

Despite a valiant effort to keep Esquires scoreless in the second half, we were unable to stop them getting the equaliser to take it to the final result of 3-3.

Although we didn’t get the win, a draw against such a strong team is very encouraging and was enough to keep us on top of the SEHA Premier Division ladder.

With the imminent Return of the King from Middle Earth, I’m sure she will be happy with the progress we have made in our search for the one ring to rule them all.

Best and fairest: Jemma Sears 3, Ashton Waters 2, Bronte Ryan 1.

2nd grade

Sutho 0 lost to UNSW 2

Our first game with all 15 players taking the field at different stages saw us go down to UNSW 2-0.

The unusual abundance of players was short-lived, however, with injuries again taking their toll.

Again we were unable to convert our limited number of chances and possibly gave away a few too many soft short corners, which eventually was our undoing. In a game where we did not look out of our depth it helped highlight areas in which both players and coaches can improve.

It is good to see the team still upbeat and enjoying themselves despite a couple of results not going our way in recent weeks.

Player points: 3 – Katja Lee, 2 – Andrea Martin, 1 – Anna Mathews.

Juniors

Under 17

Blue Tongues 4 lost to Uni of NSW 6 at Daceyville

The Blue Tongues had a few missing due D of E and played with 10 and did very well against UNSW, which is a strong team with some very good players.

We were 2-0 down but heads were still high and we were playing well  when Kiara scored and they started to look for more.  End-to-end running the team had the team exhausted at half time.

A chat from the coach and back on the field, Charlie scored a great goal from the front edge of the circle. Score now 4-2.  Kiara and Matthew scored again but Uni come away with 6 in all.   Great game with some good future in hockey for Sutho U17s.

Best and fairest:   3 Matthew Quinlivan,   2 Charlie Craig  and  1 Liam Grey. Goals: Kiara Shaw 2,  Matthew Quinlivan 1 and Charlie Craig 1.

U15

Sutherland U15 Metro Black 2 drew Blacktown 2

It has been a big learning experience for the team stepping up into the Metro comp this year, and it is improving with every game.

This we played Blacktown away and were missing a few players, but thankfully Ollie B agreed to play and we also welcomed Elliott to the team full-time.

Ollie B opened the scoring with what looked more like a cricket cut shot than a hockey shot, but it got us on the board.

Huon had a strong game in defense along with Jess, Anna and Ash also at the back.

We went to half time locked at 1:1 with Elliott breaking the deadlock early in the 2nd half with a great shot.

The game went back and forward with no short corners being awarded to either team throughout the match.

Harry, Max ,Oliver T and Ben also played well in both defence and attack.

Daniel was not as busy in goals compared to some other games, but he did make some good saves and continues to improve.

It was a great team effort. To reflect this the 3,2, 1 points were evenly spread.

Best and fairest: Harry 2, Huon 2, Elliott 2

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13A Monitors

Monitors 2 beat St George 1.

DSC_1091DSC_1083Finally the Season has started! It seems like months ago we had trials and started training, (that’s because it was) but finally we played our first competition round on the last weekend of April.

A beautiful Autumn morning at Kyeemagh vs St George to avenge our 1-0 loss in the trial game before Easter.

Sutho started strongly, with some excellent short passing from the back and finding our midfield. The forwards worked hard leading and back tackling and we soon had Saints under pressure.

A well worked corner and we were 1 goal up. Saints’ skilful midfield started to get a few more balls through to their strikers, but Grace was very good in goals, making excellent decisions to pressure their players.

Late in the first half we scored again to go to half time with a good lead.

Our half time focus was more of the same: Play fast, work hard and enjoy your rest when you’re off!

In the 2nd half we missed a couple of really good chances, and despite being dominant could not add to the score. Saints managed a goal in the last minute (again!). All in all, a great start to the season.

Our rotations worked well and everyone had pretty even contribution. We even managed a couple transfers around the back and through the midfield, which shows the work at training is paying off.

Our midfield was particularly good and really controlled the game.

Points: 3 Oliver, 2 Grace, 1 Tahlia. Goals: Tahlia and Isaac.

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Under 13A – Sutherland Geckos
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DSC_1101 DSC_1111 DSC_1112The Geckos had a tremendous start to the season with a good first up 6-1 win against the Glebe Redbacks. They had confidence going into the game, having defeated the Redbacks in a trial game, but the first half saw a very determined Glebe side defend well.

The Geckos had applied considerable pressure for no result for the first 10 minutes of the game until Piper did an extended carry of the ball from the midfield, dribbling the ball through the defence and beating the goalkeeper for the Gecko’s first goal.

The next came from more sustained pressure around the Redback’s goal with Tom De Soza being perfectly positioned to pounce on the loose ball and slot it past the keeper.

And to prove his positioning was not a fluke, Tom was again in an excellent position to receive the ball and score after some great lead-up work by Piper.

Throughout the half the Geckos midfield controlled the ball well. The last 10 minutes of the first half saw Glebe kick up a gear to put the Geckos’ defence under pressure.

But Elliot, Amelia, Thomas, Sienna and Nick all played their parts to thwart the Glebe attacks, with the score remaining 3-0 at half time.

The Geckos kicked off the second half with a quick goal to Chloe Antilla, who applied pressure to the Redbacks defence, stealing the ball and beating the stranded Glebe goalkeeper.

The play in the second half became a bit scrappy in the midfield, possibly due to moving some players into unfamiliar playing positions and taking a little time to adjust.

However,  Chloe continued to show urgency in the circle, fighting for the ball and off-loading to Lachlan to score.

Notwithstanding being 5-0 down, the Redbacks did not give up and continued to find the odd lapse of concentration in the Gecko’s midfield and defence. This eventually led to Glebe scoring a goal after some poor attempted tackles.

However, it was pleasing to see the Geckos quickly lift and contain the ball in the Glebe half for the remaining minutes of the game, eventually leading to another goal to Chloe to make it 6-1 at full time.

It had been a very solid all-round effort by the players and they thoroughly deserved the decisive win.

Best and fairest: 2 – Piper Bentley, 2 – Elliot Spence, 2 – Sienna Arthur. Goals:Tom De Soza (2), Chloe Antilla (2), Piper Bentley (1), Lachlan Staples (1)

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Under 11A

Sutho 2 drew with St George 2

It was a great game to watch and evenly matched.

Our strategy was very simple: keep the ball wide and take our free hits very quickly. The Geckos executed this strategy extremely well.

Jack Margetson was awarded best player for his efforts in defence. He was supported well by Peter Rast, Jillian Weir and Leo Matthews, with ferocious tackling from all.

Our goalie was Darcy Matthews who stopped a number of goals, which kept us in the game. Cameron Sprod, Amelia Domrow, Rhys Bollard and Zara Matthews ran their hearts out in the forward lines and wings.

Finn Wille and Lachlan Duhne played a gutsy game and were rewarded with 1 goal each.

Best and fairest: 3 points Jack Margetson, 2 Lachlan Duhne, 1 Finn Wille. Goals: Finn Wille 1 and Lachlan Duhne 1.

Welcome to the 2017 Sutho newsletter

Hi to all Sutho players, managers, hard working club people in the background and all Sutho supporters.

Your weekly newsletter is back, and although there will be lots of match reports, anyone has news about people and events they think would be of interest to Sutho, just fire off an email to johnmulcair@optusnet.com.au

So let’s get cracking.

MJ’s big effort for Burns Unit kids

Matt Johnson in action against Moorebank in last year's grand final
Matt Johnson in action against Moorebank in last year’s grand final

Fire & Rescue NSW has just finished one of its headline fundraising events for 2017, with a team of about 25 firies cycling from Wagga Wagga to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

They raised more than $80,000 for the hospital’s Burns Unit, taking the total collected over the 12 years of the 400in4 (400kms in 4 days) event to well over $600,000.

Sutho first grader Matt Johnson was one of the cyclists who not only did the ride, but also stopped at primary schools along the way to give fire safety talks and demonstrations to the students.

The annual ride has funded the Burns Unit with pain management specialists, an operating theatre tailored for young burns patients and a lasers suite for better managing burns scars.

Top awards for Shire hockey players

Carol Harriss, and Zoe Newman

These awards might have been made just before the season started, but it’s never too late to recognise excellence.

Players from Sydney South Hockey Association, which includes all clubs in Sutherland Shire, have  collected three of NSW hockey’s most prestigious awards.

Carol Harriss (left) was named Women’s Masters Player of the Year for ‘significant and consistent contribution to women’s Masters hockey’, and midfielder Naomi Duncan (centre) the Junior Field Player of the Year for outstanding achievement on the field.

One of six Basil Sellers Scholarships was made to goalkeeper Zoe Newman (right).

These scholarships share $12,000 between six players from hockey’s Accelerated Athlete Program, “who have demonstrated credentials in academia, citizenship and hockey performance.’

Greenhills update

It all seemed to going to schedule, with the much anticipated Greenhills hockey complex set to open for play April-May.

That was until Sutherland Shire Council, which is project managing the job, advised it had overlooked the connection of, well, electricity.

Read all about it at: http://www.sydneysouthhockey.com.au/update-on-greenhills-hockey-park/.

Otherwise, the project is coming along a treat, with the changing rooms, canteen etc complete, watering systems ready to go, baseworks complete and turf laying begun.

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Match reports

Women

First grade                                                                          
#suthomwomens PL 5 d Tartans 2

Lining up against your mates is never easy and last Saturday, our Senior Women’s PL team did just that coming away with a very strong 5 – 2 win over Tartans.  It was a cloudy afternoon at Sylvania but nothing beats playing on your home turf.

The first 15 mins are ones that the team needs to forget and never repeat despite a good warm up.  It looked like the effects of school and work holidays took their toll as all around the park there was a loss of concentration, poor skills, no communication and low effort.

Thankfully the opposition only scored once in this period, and by the time the clock counted down to 20 mins to go, the ladies had warmed up, remembered why they were there and returned to their natural style of hockey.

An equalizer came soon after, reminding the team how effective accurate passing and working for positive outcomes in the attacking circle can be.  The effort stepped up and players started to need a rest to recover and refocus.

A few players were stretched by playing positions they haven’t been in for some time and as a team there was a new focus on creating and using space.

The second half was a good display of commitment, discipline and team work.  Goals came from passing the ball around the opposition with players showing maturity in making the pass to a better scoring position rather than taking a shot themselves from a difficult position.

In addition, Demi showed excellent confidence by listening to her team and coach, backing herself and carrying the ball into the circle for a number of positive outcomes that resulted in goals and was recognised with a well deserved 3 points from her team mates.

The best part of the #suthowomens PL team’s performance was the turnaround from a poor start to a strong and committed game.  Every player accepted their performance was lacking, every player stepped up, and every player made changes that took the team to a well deserved and convincing 5 – 2 win.

Congrats Ladies!

Points – 3 Demi Klerkx, 2 Ashton Waters, 1 Jo Momsen. Goals – 2 Kendelle Tait, 2 Alex Noy, 1 Kristen Agius.

2nd Grade
Sutho 1 lost to Bosco  4

Round 3 of the SEHA competition saw the first loss of the season for Sutho’s 2nd grade women. The final score was 4-1 going down to competition leaders, Bosco.

Despite a healthy amount of possession and a number of chances we were not able to convert. With a number of players out for various reasons and a few injuries mid-game, we did well to stay in the contest.

Points: 3 Andrea Martin, 2 – Lauren Lee, 1 – Sarah Rose. Goal: Otua McHardy

Sutho 4 d RSL 0

In Round 2 of the SEHA competition 2nd Grade Women followed up their Round 1 win with a 4-0 win against RSL.

Unfortunately the opposition only fielded nine players for the majority of the game, but RSL managed to defend against our attack well and put pressure on our own defence at times.

All four goals were scored in the first half. Despite the scoreless second half we still created good chances up front but were not able to convert. At the back and midfield we continued to improve our passing game.

The win sets up a top of the table clash against Bosco at Sutherland after the Easter break. The break comes at a good time with about half the team carrying injury!

Points: 3 Lauren Lee, 2 Kiara Shaw, 1 Andrea Martin. Goals: Kiara Shaw 2, Sarah Morris 2.

Men

1st Grade
Sutho 3 lost to Briars 5

Our match against Briars was always going to be a tough one; they are always hard to beat,  especially at Burwood on a Saturday night.

The game started off very fast and we were unable to hold onto possession for more than a couple of passes in the early part of the game which resulted in Briars controlling much of the early part of the match.

Briars scored their first goal off an interesting high cross ball above hip height that was picked up by one of their strikers and gave goal keeper Nathan Akroyd little chance of making a save.

Briars went on to score an additional 2 goals before halftime, one a penalty stroke from an interesting umpiring decision, and Sutho found themselves behind 3-0 going into the break.

As team recognising we are not going to get the rub of the green at times and staying disciplined is something we need to be mindful of going forward.

Sutho regrouped at half time and had a 15 minute patch where we played some really good hockey and looked like we were going to make a comeback at 3-2, but the linkages just weren’t there and passes were not coming off and we ended up playing rushed, catch-up hockey.

Too much possession to Briars had the game getting away on us with a 3-5 loss.

The team was no doubt very frustrated after the match with the lack cohesion, talk and linkage between the lines in critical moments. It showed on the field and made getting a positive result very tough.

The positive thing is there is much room for improvement! With us playing Moorebank this coming weekend Sutho, and for the first time with an almost full team available, will need to play smart and connected if we are chance of beating the 2016 premiers.

Best and fairest: Joe Huston 3, Cameron Busenel 2, Matt Phillips  1.Goals: Matt Phillips 1, Matt Johnson 1, Nathan Bourke 1.

2nd grade
Sutho 3 lost to Briars 7

I wasn’t going to bother on this match, but in hindsight, it doesn’t hurt to say it as it is.

We lost 7-3.  Believe it or not, we led at half time 2-0.  Then it all imploded and we lost the 2nd half 7-1!!!!

An unbelievable and unacceptable result and certainly no way will we be in the grand final this year if that is the sort of performance we produce.

There are no excuses like the umpire killed us or it snowed etc etc.  It was a simple example of a team who played for one half and then switched off instead of playing the whole game. Take nothing away from Briars as they played well and stepped up when it counted and deserve their place as undefeated leaders of the competition.

Fitness is a great factor, or the definite lack thereof, for some players in the team. This results in the inability to play at the same pace throughout a game as winners need to do if they really want to be in the grand final at year’s end.

The team showed that they can be better than the opposition as was the case in the 1st half.

So the only good thing that can come out of the match was that we have the ability to be winners if we are prepared to put the work in.  So the team needs to establish their aims for the season as to whether they really want to win or not???  However, the will won’t bring them what they wish for if they are not prepared to put the work in.

This may be a bit of a spray, but hopefully a reality check for the boys – not pulling punches from the truth.

3rd Grade
Sutho and Briars drew 3-3

The one that got away. Sutho dominated the match and deserved to win. A couple of poor defensive turnovers and some very unfortunate decisions late in the game made a huge difference.

We started very strongly and controlled the ball well. Good transfers at the back into strong leading in the midfield created a number of good chances and positive field position.

We also worked very well without the ball, with excellent lines, running and calling, such that all three goals came on counter attacks from turnovers in their defence.

In each case the pressure we applied saw a poor pass intercepted and Mason lay on an excellent ball for the goal scorers. Three goal assists for Mason – the first to his brother – made for happy families on and off the pitch!

At 3-1 up with seven minutes left it looked like Sutho had the game, but to their credit Briars pushed very hard and forced a number of turnovers, that they were able to convert. A converted corner with 90 seconds left made it three all.

We will learn a lot from the game; that the better team doesn’t always get the points and we need to close out games.

However, there was plenty to be impressed with in the way we controlled the ball, finished opportunities, and the movement in all lines. All our strikers had  excellent games up front, as did our midfield.

While we created lots of attacking pressure and forced the Briars keeper to make a number of very good saves, especially from Josh, we only managed one attacking corner, which gives us four or five from five rounds, so we need to be getting better results from our circle penetrations.

Well done to our U15s Hayden (starting) and Blake (off the bench) who both had excellent games, and also Dakota in his first 3rd grade game in goals.

Points: 3 Mason Neale, 2 Jay Kelly , 1 Mac Dunn. Goals: Mac Dunn 2, Hayden Neale 1.

Sutho 4 beat Sydney Uni 1

After a difficult week trying to get teams on the park, and a very focused session at training, it was fantastic to see it click.

On a warm Sunday arvo at Sutho, we withstood early pressure from Sydney Uni’s attack and very high press. Gradually we got some possession and momentum in the middle and our high work rate from the forwards built pressure on the Uni defence.

This manifested as a couple of turnovers to our strikers who created “outcomes”. Sean calmly slotted a straight hit on the corner and Harry converted a couple of field goals to go to the break 3-0 up.

At half time we discussed how to overcome their press and to both get in the grind and control the tempo, as Uni were going to come hard after the break.

That they did, and had us pinned in our half for 10 minutes. Eventually they scored a well taken goal from a defensive error, and at 3-1 they had all the running.

This seemed to spur the guys back into the type of running on and off the ball we showed in the first half, and Harry scored again to complete his hat trick.

Sutho controlled the last quarter of the game really well; the pace of the game, the work rate and the possession were all with us. The energy on field and in the dugout was fantastic, and the team song was sung with enormous gusto.

All our forwards all had their best games of the season – they created huge pressure off the ball, and showed great decision-making with it.

With some better execution in front of goals (old man and the birthday boy), we may have had a few more goals.

Our defence was strong – no corners against and Aidan hardly touched the ball in goals, both good indicators of a well organised effort.

So we head to Easter break 2 and 2 from the first 4 rounds, with plenty to be positive about, but still lots to work on to build into the season.

We sit mid table in what is looking like another very tight competition, where every game will be a contest.

Points: Harry Roberts 3, Mark Bonnici 2, Wade Tonna 1. Goals: Harry Roberts 3, Sean Kelly 1

4th grade

Sutho 1 lost to Briars 3

With our entire defensive unit away, Sutho acquitted itself well against the much higher placed Briars.

1-0 down at half time, we drew level early in the second half and held them until late in the game when we conceded twice from turnovers.

Great games from all our young guys, with Dakota solid in goals and both Matt Staples and Blake Hernandez stepping up from juniors in defence.

We controlled the ball pretty well, and did some good work in the mids, with Mitch and Kosta having solid games.

This was coupled with strong running up front, but we couldn’t turn that into enough positive outcomes in the circle. However, very encouraging effort. Thanks to everyone who filled in or doubled up.

Points: 3 Blake H , 2 Mitch R, 1 Kosta M. Goal: Josh Brown

5th grade

No report

6th Grade
Sutho lost to Briars 0-1

It was a Sunday afternoon and a lovely sunny day, and again the team played exceptional well.

The first half was 50/50 end-to-end play and Briars scoring a stick touch goal midway through and Sutho controlling the rest of the game just unable to pop one in the net.

We had plenty of chances and their goalie was playing very well but some of our shots also went wide.

We have played two top teams so far and our performances are improving so things are looking up.

Best and fairest: 3 Mark Bayley, 2 Ross Crowley, 1 Ty Stevens.

Sutho 2 lost to Macquarie Uni 3

First game up against the table leaders last year and boy did we give it to them.  Our passing was on-form and running with the ball went well.

Couple of good attacks at their goal brought off three or four great saves from their goalie – two by Phil could easily gone in.  Pressure continued and eventually Ray popped in a goal: 1-0 up.

They returned the pressure and soon scored to equal the score before half time.

After the break we again substituted well and used the wingers and with more pressure Cameron scored on a rebound – 2-1 up.

Mac Uni pushed everything forward had four short corners and eventually won a penalty stroke which was saved by Dave Lucas.

But they still pushed up and finished with two more goals to overtake our lead.

Great effort by the whole team.

Best and fairest: 3 Mark Bayley, 2 Alex Doyle,1 Dave Lucas.

Goals: Ray Northwood and Cameron Bayley.

Sutho 1 lost to Bankstown 2

We started the game with nine players against Bankstown who had four reserves and we held them for most of the first half playing extraordinarily well. The passing of the ball, running and controlling and the guys effort was outstanding.

Eventually Bankstown scored but this Sutho team kept their heads up, continued running and were rewarded with a goal from a rebound picked up by Phil Rowling.

The second half was no different with effort and we controlled most of the game except when Bankstown slipped around the back of the defence and scored to make it 2-1.

We tried everything to get the ball in the back of the net for the last part of the second half but the team of nine just became too exhausted.

All players should be congratulated on their performance on Saturday and then 4 players went on to assist fifth grade at St George. Great effort from sixth grade and when all the team return we will be looking forward to some better results.

Best and fairest: 3 Sean Hails, 2 Cameron Bayley, Ross Crowley 1. Goal: Phil Rowling

Juniors

U13A
Sutho Monitors 0 lost to St George 1

This was our first ‘formal’ hit out of the season after a couple of practice matches against Sutho teams.

Being a school holiday weekend we were missing three of team, so big thanks goes to Lachie Duhne from the U11s who played more than half the game for us and did a great job.

It was quite warm mid-morning at Sutho, but I think we were all grateful it wasn’t raining. The game was very even and both teams had a number of chances in each half, including short corners.

However, with a couple of injuries and only one sub, the heat wore us down and we were running on empty for the last five minutes. Saints took advantage of that and scored with 60 seconds to go through their ever present centre forward.

A disappointing end, but a fantastic effort, in in what is shaping as a very even competition.

Best for us today was Grace in goals, who made a number of fantastic saves and continues to grow in confidence each week in her decision making.

The other four points were split between our four defenders, who all did a great job.

Points – Grace 2, Byron, Lily, Angus and Alex 1 each.

Sutho Womens 2017 Update

Can you believe we are into the 2nd month of 2017 already – crazy I know, and we are closer to the start of the hockey season – now that’s exciting !!

Below is an update on our #suthowomens Pre Season Program as well as key dates and important info for everyone.

#suthowomens Pre Season
Tuesday 7 Feb, 14 Feb and 21 Feb 2017
We are adding a stick and ball session to our Tuesday nights
Fitness starts at 7pm on the turf
Stick and Ball starts at 8pm – through till about 8:30pm
Bring a water and a towel for fitness as well as your hockey gear for the stick and ball session

Don’t forget a mouth guard – no mouth guard = no training, no trials and no games!

#suthowomens 2017 Trials
Tuesday 28 February 7:30pm to 9pm
Sunday 5 March 11am to 2pm
Fitness and skills testing as well as games
All players wishing to be a part of a #suthowomens team will need to attend one trial as a minimum
All players are recommended to attend both trials – particularly those trialling for Premier League (1st Grade)
Player Nomination forms will be sent out this week and are to be returned ahead of the first trial

Don’t forget a mouth guard – no mouth guard = no training, no trials and no games!

We will follow trials on Sunday 5 March with an afternoon tea and season kick off for #suthowomens
Yes there will be chocolate; there is always chocolate!

Registration is NOW OPEN
Check out the club’s website for all the 2017 rego info
Remember there is a NEW process this season so don’t leave this to the last minute or skim over the fine print
http://www.sutho.com.au/registration/registration-information/

#suthowomens Uniforms
In an effort to standardise uniforms across Sutho Women’s, Men’s and Juniors as much as possible, we are in discussions with SEHA with regards a change of skirt for the 2017 season. Once we have confirmation from the SEHA Competition Committee we will advise #suthowomens players and assist with the purchase of a new skirt. Cost will be kept to a minimum as much as possible.

Juniors 2017 Welcome

Hi All Sutho Juniors (Players and Parents) !!

Now we are officially passed Australia Day 2017, I’m sure everyone is now thinking about the coming season of hockey, rather than the Summer Holidays just completed!

 As Junior Convenor and President of Sutherland Hockey Club, I want to welcome everyone back to what I hope proves to be another exciting and rewarding year with our Club.

 Some news on the season of junior hockey ahead of us:

  1. Junior Age Coordinators

I’m pleased to advise we again have an excellent group of knowledgeable and enthusiastic Junior Age Coordinators to assist this year:

                U11: Andrew Hoy            0403 921 164

                U13: David Richardson   0406 532 950

                U15: Warwick Bardsley  0407 935 108

                U17: Mark Bayley             0402 046 249

The Age Co-ordinatoors are first point of contact for players / parents at this stage of the season with any questions on the season ahead. The Age Coordinators will be able to help you, or get someone else to assist, with any queries you have about registration with our Club, the coming series of junior team trials, or the season ahead. Any general enquiries by email should continue to be directed to: juniors@sutho.com.au

  1. Junior Registration & Team Trials

Details on how to register with the Club, along with the dates & times of all junior trials, are on the club website. Please take the time to work through this 2-step process as soon as possible:

http://www.sutho.com.au/registration/registration-information/

Your registration, especially new players, can be done at the clubhouse at the following times:

                Thursday 2 February, 6:30pm – 8pm

                Saturday 4 February, 10am – 1pm

Please ensure your registration is completed, including all payments of 2017 fees, prior to attending your team trials

  •  Junior Umpires

 We are keen to see lots of kids take up the opportunity to learn and develop as umpires this season. You can nominate at either of the registration days to be on our 2017 junior umpires list. Beginner umpires welcome, no experience necessary. Contact Ross Angus ( 0428 952 062) for information on our junior umpire program.

  • Coach, Assistant Coach & Team Manager Positions

I am always happy to hear from people who might be interested in taking up positions with our junior teams – Coach, Assistant Coach, or Team Manager. Getting the best possible people into these roles, and providing them with the support they need throughout the season, will always be the most important element of ensuring our juniors enjoy their season, whichever team they are in. If you have an interest in any of these roles, then please let me or the relevant Age Co-ordinator know.

  •  Hockey News for 2017

A few points of interest for the 2017 season:

  • This year we have nominated and had accepted 2 teams into the u15 Metro competition and 1 team into the u17 Metro competition. Fielding a 2nd u15 team will enable us to provide a larger group of kids with experience at this level, something we have been trying to do for a number of years.
  • All u11 competition hockey this year will be played in the half field format, following an instruction from Hockey NSW to all affiliated Associations.
  • Construction of the two new synthetic hockey fields at Greenhills is well underway, with forecast availability of “March/April”. Construction of these fields will provide a real boost to local hockey competitions, so watch out for more news in this regard
  • There will be a Working Bee at the Club on Saturday 18 March – more news on that coming soon
  • Sponsorship opportunities exist with our Club – if you know of a local business that would potentially be interested in sponsoring our Club for the 2017 season, then please let me know

That’s all for now. I look forward to seeing everyone getting back into hockey and enjoying another fabulous year with the Club

Craig Turner

Junior Convenor & President

 

Minkey Hockey in 2017

With the 2017 season just around the corner its time to turn our attention to our youngest members of the club our Minkey players.

Focusing on kids ages 4 to 9, Minkey hockey is great way for kids to experience a sport and at the same time socialise with friends and have fun. We hold our Minkey Hockey Program on a friday afternoon from 4.30pm at our fabulous venue complete with a clubhouse  which allows parents to sit back and enjoy on a Friday afternoon.

If you are interesting in your child playing Minkey Hockey, we are holding two registration days this year at the ground to enable you to register your child or simply come in and have a chat. Our registration days are:

  • Thursday 2nd February – 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 4th February – 10am to 1pm.

Cost for Minkey this year will be: 

 First Child: $70.00

Siblings: $55.00

If you are unable to attend on registration day but would like more information please email us at juniors@sutho.com.au

 For families whose children are turning 9 or 10 this year and looking to play in u11 teams then we also have a few options available for you. If you would like more information on playing U11’s please email juniors@sutho.com.au and we can send you further information on playing U11’s.

 For any families who may be interested in participating in a Saturday morning U7 or U9 local competition, we are also considering putting in some Sutherland teams into the local competition which will be played on Sydney South Hockey Association’s new turfs at Greenhills.  If this is of interest to you please let us know so we can assess the level of interest.

 Finally, hockey is much more fun when you bring along your friends to play so please feel free to share this information to any family or friends who may have children interested in playing hockey this year.

 Look forward to seeing lots of old and new faces at Sutherland this year.