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Kookaburra Kieran Govers returns to Sutho this weekend

Sutho is excited to announce that Kookaburra and NSW Waratahs player Kieran Govers will be returning to our club this weekend to join our 1st Grade team for the 2017.

Kieran Govers in action in the NetherlandsKieran first played for Sutho as a young upcoming player in 2005 and then made various appearances for our club over the years when he wasn’t away on Australian representative duties.

Kieran has won gold medals as a Kookaburra at the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at 2012 London Olympics.

Picture: Kieran Govers

Match reports

Men

3rd grade

Sutho 3 beat UNSW 0

Round 8 – Deferred game from 14th May, played Tuesday 23 May.

With half the world away for U18s on the 14th, we had deferred our Sunday home game at Sutho to 8.30 at Daceyville on a Tuesday night.

As a consequence, most of the team were u18s, except for the one old guy in the middle. He kept reminding everyone this was a home game, and we don’t lose at home!

The grand final replay felt slightly odd on a Tuesday night between teams running 11th and 9th.  With Sean still nursing a nasty black eye from last weekends’ game, he steered us around from the dugout.

The opening encounters were fairly even, with both teams a little nervous at the back and forcing good saves or cover defence to make amends for poor turnovers.

Midway through the half some excellent build up play saw the strikers pass around the defence for Hayden to slot the goal. 1-0 half time and Sean was happy with the movement on and off the ball.

We were getting Jay into great position on the  right side overlap, and building some good pressure around their circle, but we needed to be quicker  in our transfers and alternate between the wide ball and AM channel.

The second half was fairly clinical – down to 12 men with Jimmy nursing a hammy, the back five played unchanged and showed great composure against the UNSW fast attacks.

The midfield worked really hard and found some excellent spaces, and worked with the Strikers to put their defence under pressure coming out from their end, something we do pretty well.

This paid off, with Mac and Harry forcing a turnover on the fast break for which we were awarded a stroke, which Mac expertly converted.

The final goal was a work of art.

Under pressure at our end, a chain of tight, short passing on the right eventually released the midfield into space, and each successive pass committed the next defender until the ball was thrown square past the keeper for a lunging Hayden to knock in off his backstick.

And that summed up a pleasing aspect of our attack compared to last week, where we were shut down by an excellent keeper. All three goals, and a number of corners, were earned by good passing around and within the circle to find the free man for the tap in near the post, rather than shooting from the top.

And conversely, our defensive pressure was such that the only space UNSW could find was for Hail Mary shots from tight angles at the top of the circle, which Damo calmly batted away.

An excellent team effort from everyone, and a great feeling to sing in our away “home” change rooms.

Special mention to the “Blakes” tonight. Blake Malone, playing his first starting game in 3rds for a number of years, found his touch and fitness and looked like he had never been away.

And Blake Hernandez, still in the U15s, had an exceptional game at right AM, in all aspects, and was deservedly our best and fairest. Well done guys!

Points: 3 Blake H, 2 Brad, 1 Mac. Goals: 2 Hayden, 1 Mac.

3rd grade

Sutho 2 lost to GNS 3

Another game that got away. After watching 4ths hammer GNS 7-1, we were pumped for a big game at Olympic. GNS got away to a better start and converted early pressure into a soft goal.

They kept that pressure on and converted a second goal mid way through the half, with some lose marking allowing a neatly finished back stick into the net. A late goal to Mac kept us in the contest at half time on the score board, although we had started to assert some dominance in field position.

The second half was all Sutho. We dominated the team running 4th and if not for some brilliant saves by their young gun keeper, we could easily have scored four or five.

Pleasingly, we had the most outcomes of any game this season, with 5 or 6 corners and numerous shots on goal. Our pressure was excellent and the possession around the attacking 23 was as practiced. We just couldn’t score.

One corner saw Sean have two consecutive shots saved by the keeper, before he attempted to head the ball into the net, resulting in no goal, 5 stitches above the eye and a few games off sporting his new super villain look.

I also think the comment that since he started taking corners he has more shots than a schoolies night club was a bit unfair, especially as he is injured!

With the attacking pressure continuing, Blake went to cross the ball from near the right-hand side baseline only for it bounce high on the stick and loop across the circle before Matt Wilson leapt into the air and overhead smashed it into the goal.

After much umpire consultation as to whether it was legal or dangerous, the goal was awarded. 2-2.

GNS responded by lifting their tempo, but we pressed hard for a winner. With 30 seconds left, we were caught out by an interesting decision (again), and with all our team in attack we were unable to scramble well enough to shut down the GNS fast break, as they slotted a winner with 15 seconds to go.

Jay had a fantastic game on the right as he scythed his way through the GNS midfield from the back, and was our standout 3 points winner.

And so after 8 rounds we sit 2nd last, but not playing like a team at the bottom of the table and with the comp so tight as it is, that with 14 rounds left there is plenty of scope to climb the ladder and make a run for finals.

Points: 3 Jay, 1 Brad, 1 Matt W, 1 Sean. Goals: Mac, Matt W

5th grade

Sutho 2 drew Monterey 2

Scored within the first 2 minutes to go 1-0 up but no let up from Sutho as we kept the pressure on and controlled this fast flowing game with some terrific passing and running from everyone.

The young players worked very hard throughout the game but the Monterey goalie played very well.

Same score at half time and good talk about using the ball and working down the side lines.  More pressure in the second half resulted in another goal in the second half 2-0 up and the opponents started to get rattled and angry but with 10 minutes to go and some massive lobs from the defence line created 2 goals for them and a hard worked draw for us.

Individually, Monterey had some players with great skill but the young Sutho 5th graders showed persistence in their efforts, solid tackling, marking and nice ball work.  Training is working well for these guys.

Best and fairest: 3 Mitchell Rowling, 2 Ty Stevens, 1 Tom Hausman. Goals: Geoff Noy and Harvey Bates.

6th grade

Sutherland 0 lost to Baulkham Hills 4

We started very positively with good passing and running and even had a few chances to score.

We had better positioning by players during the game but Baulkham Hills scored late in the first half against the run of play.

The second half lacked the marking and ball control of which we are capable, and BH scored 3 late goals in the second half to knock the wind out of us on a lovely sunny afternoon. Bye next week then we regroup and try harder.

Points: 3 Mark Bayley, 2 Ray Northwood, 1 Dave Lucas.

Women

First grade

Sutherland Arangas 4 d Easts 1

Saturday dawned much clearer and with considerably less rain than had been forecast, paving the way for a great afternoon of hockey at home.

Our #suthowomens Premier League team lined up against a new opposition and battled it out in the heat of a muggy afternoon.

The first half was positive and a decent tussle between both teams.  Run of play was largely within our attacking half, thanks to solid defence and good communication to adjust to the opposition’s structure.

The experience of senior players carried the scramble and resetting that was needed ‘on the run’ while youth was able to shine with strong skill, sensible overlapping and speed.

The second half was a tale of woe for the first 10 – 15 mins with a display of the weakest hockey produced this season.

However, that was wonderfully followed by the very best hockey yet to come from this exciting team to close out the half and the game.

The whole team can be very proud of how they lifted their heads, stepped up the pace and turned the run of the game around to their benefit.  Great composure in defence, discipline in the mid field and excellent execution in attack brought about a convincing 4-1 win.

Our #suthowomens Arangas are growing every week in a season that has the strongest Premier League competition in many years.

The team’s commitment to training, game preparation and to each other is paying dividends and will allow this team to continue to develop and remain a finals contender.

Best & Fairest: Kristen Agius 3, Kendelle Tait 2, Jemma Sears 1. Goals: Kristen Agius 2, Steph Ancevski, Kendelle Tait.

2nd grade

Dolphins 1 d Sutho 0

The second grade team went into the Mother’s Day game off the back of two losses, and were determined to improve and get back to their winning ways.

Unfortunately, our cause wasn’t helped by multiple injuries and people away for work and family commitments – but luckily, Kate, Karen and Lois from the Wildcats very generously gave up their morning to come and play before they returned for their game that evening. Thank you so much!

The game was a great improvement on the last few, with some lovely short passes and strong tackling.

Sarah Rose used her new and improved skills to throw some nice overhead passes and Katja did some incredible goalkeeping, with the highlight being an impressive one-on-one with a Dolphins player who outran the defence.

Unfortunately, despite a generally strong performance from the defence (who took all the best and fairest points), some sloppy marking allowed the Dolphins to score the only goal of the game.

It was a disappointing result to a game that should have been won by Sutho, but we can take away some things to improve, such as keeping the ball on the stick in attack and never losing your player in defence. Hopefully next week we will continue to improve and bounce back to our good form!

Points: Sarah Rose 3, Felicia 2, Katja 1

3rd grade. 

Wildcats 3 vs Dolphins 2 

A surprisingly hot day for round 6!

The game started at a fast pace with Wildcats’ forwards doing some good short passing to break through the defence and get a couple of shots at goal. Unfortunately they failed to get one in the back of the net and Dolphins scored first against the run of play.

The last 10 minutes of the half  half were played in Wildcats’ attacking half. Our defenders were pushing up and keeping the ball out wide. Kate made a good run, showing skills to get  around a couple of Dolphins players and took a  shot from the top of the circle to level the  score to 1-all just before half time.

The second half started a bit slower. Dolphins had some strong hitters and were playing a big hitting game. Wildcats  marked well and dominated possession making some good intercepts.

Good tackles in defence from Lois Scott  and Kirsty Margetson breaking  down any attacking runs from Dolphins. Again Wildcats had quite a few  opportunities to score, including short corners, without success. (Who keeps moving the goal posts?)

The second goal came with about 15 mins to go again after strong lead up work from Kate, managing to get a good hit away to score through the goalies  pads. Fi  Edgar scored the third goal from a short corner, working week in combination with Lyn Smith. With 5 mins to go Dolphins scored their 2nd goal, again against the run of play.

Overall a good consistent team effort from Wildcats. It’s great to have some new players in the team who are settling in well.

Goals. 2 Kate Whitton 1 Fiona Edgar.

Juniors

U17

Replay of cancelled game in Round 2.

UNSW forfeited on Saturday morning 40 mins before the game started. We take a 5-0 win.

U17 Blue Tongues lost 5-2 to UNSW

Early start Friday night Daceyville, so we started with nine players and scored the first goal.

One up and playing well, we had a couple of good chances before Uni scored a quick couple.

It was 2-1 at half time and two more players turned up to make it  a full team, but the damage was done; the boys were exhausted and three more goals got past in the second half.

But Sutho did score again to prove they were still performing well.  Everyone tried very hard for the whole game and the team will improve with time and it’s good to see some very good players getting ready for senior hockey next year.

Best and fairest: 3 Joshua Ko, 2 Matthew Quinlivan, 1 Isaac Jackson. Goals:  Matthew Quinlivan 2.

U15 Metro

Ryde 9 d Sutherland 1

We were back to round 1 in the draw this week, playing the tough Ryde team and after a few weeks of having a number of players missing it was great to have 12 of the team available.

Ryde started strongly again, but the team handled the pace of the game a bit better this time.

It was great having Charlie back to help organise the defence and he did a great job with Ash, Anna and Jess to make life harder for Ryde in this game.

Ryde had a number of consecutive short corners and Daniel and our corner defenders did a great job repelling most of the corners.

But despite an improved effort we went to half time down 6-0.

It must have been Craig’s inspirational half time talk, but the guys came out all guns blazing in the 2nd half and for over 20 minutes of the half the score was 1-1 for the half.

Our attack started to kick into gear which saw Elliot slot a goal. That was on the back of good play from Max, Ben, Huon, Ollie, Paris and Luca with much improved intensity, passing and speed of play.

Ryde put on a couple late goals, but it was a much improved effort from the guys and if we can keep the same team on the field for the next few weeks I am sure a win is not far away.

I can safely report no kookaburras were seen harassing the team this week.

Under 13A

Thank you to Rory Staples for his pictures of the big local derby.

Sutho Geckos 3 def Sutho Monitors 1Geckos Round4 - SS2

Always a tough game when two Sutho teams meet each other in a top of the table clash. The Monitors were weakened by a high injury count, but withstood considerable pressure from the Geckos in the first half for a half-time score of 0-0.

But the Geckos managed to make better use of its attacking short corners in the second half to win the game.

The first quarter of the game was particularly scrappy with the Geckos not controlling the ball – even though we weren’t under significant pressure and enjoying a lot of possession. There was an absence of composure and quite a bit of panic passing – possibly caused by who the opposition was rather than what was actually happening on the field.

In the second quarter there were more passages of positive passing by the team and getting results in the Monitors’ circle with Chloe, Bree and Shontae earning short corners for the Geckos.

However, our short corner execution was not the best on our initial attempts. Although the subsequent short corners were an improvement, the Monitors’ defence and keeper made some very good saves.

Just before half-time the Monitors earned a short corner, but an amazing run out by Shontae ensured the Monitors hitter was under pressure and couldn’t get a shot on goal.

Geckos Round4 - CHThe Geckos started the second half strongly and good lead up work earned two more short corners, with Lachlan scoring off the second one to make it 1-0. Geckos were on a roll at this point and were dominating around the Monitor’s goal and earned another short corner.

The short corner was executed well with Chloe Holmes being perfectly positioned on the post (after pushing out) to deflect the ball into the Monitor’s goal to make it 2-0.

Geckso Round4 - MRI’m not sure if the Geckos then relaxed with a two goal buffer or the Monitors stepped up, however the Geckos had to defend under considerable pressure from the Monitors in the next period of the game.

Both teams seemed to step up another gear in the last 10 minutes of the game with the ball being moved end to end until the Geckos managed to score again through Lachlan to make it 3-1 at full-time.

Best and fairest points: 2  Shontae Salmon, 2 Bree Richardson, 2  Lachlan Staples. Goals:  Lachlan Staples 2, Chloe Holmes 1.

Sutho Monitors 1 Lost to Sutho Geckos 3

The Monitors were pumped for the top of the table clash between the two Sutho teams. Once we got over the whole team turning up in Sydney South hoodies, the game plan was sorted and we hit the pitch.

With a couple of key positional players missing, the Monitors took the field with just the starting 11, but Lachie Duhne from the U11As did a great job in our rotation. Well done and thanks.

Geckos Round4 - SSThe Monitors were effective in nullifying the Geckos’  firepower and created a number of chances in attack.

However, in the end the Geckos were better able to convert their opportunities, with all goals in the game coming from corners, reflecting the tightness of the contest and strong defence of both teams. The final goal came after the full time hooter.

Some great efforts all over the field, and great courage by a couple of players to return to the field after coming off injured.

Noah had a fantastic game in the midfield, working tirelessly, as did Tahlia and Jett. All the defenders had great games, with Lily and Angus especially strong. And Isaac again did a good job covering for Grace in goals.

Hopefully we are back to full strength for next week against Glebe.

Best and fairest: 2 Noah, 1 Angus, 1 Jett, 1 Lily, 1 Tahlia. Goal Tahlia 1.

Under 11A

Sutherland Geckos 2 d Glebe Blacks 0

Our first home game for the season was a huge success, with the Geckos achieving an outstanding 2-0 victory.

Amelia Domrow scored her first goal for the season and Lachlan Duhne put an extra goal in the back of the net just to seal the win. Darcy Matthews, Jonty Austin and Zara Matthews took away the 3, 2, and 1 points with the whole team playing extremely well once again.

The team continues to play to their strategy by keeping the ball wide, taking the free hits fast and (most importantly) having FUN.

A BIG thanks to the parents who did a fantastic job on canteen duty.

Best and fairest: 3 Darcy Matthews, 2 Jonty Austin, 1 Zara Matthews. Goals: Lachlan Duhne 1 and  Amelia Domrow 1.

 

 

Sutho match reports May 13 and 14

Congratulations to Southern Sydney Hockey Association Under 18 girls for taking out the NSW State Championships Division 2 crown.

Men

6th grade

Sutho 1 def by Ryde 2
Sutherland were aiming for three on the trot against Ryde last Sunday. They came out with their A game, starting the better of the two teams and controlling possession well.

Sutherland’s midfield dominated early exchanges with great ball movement from Phil Rowling and Alex Hailes. This extended pressure led to a great goal by Cameron Bayley to give Sutho an early 1-0 lead.

Towards the break, we were given a few short corners that we squandered and missed a golden chance to go in to the sheds further ahead.

After the break, Ryde came out the more determined and applied constant pressure on Sutherland’s defence which was doing remarkably well to hold on courtesy of some great saves from Dave Lucas and some desperate goal line defence from the fullbacks.

Sutho’s resistant defence finally succumbed to an equaliser from Ryde and they soon showed their ascendency late in the second half with the winning goal with only 10 minutes remaining.

Ray Northwood was outstanding at the back with many clearances and all of Sutherland’s midfield contributed to a solid display in which we were always in the game right up until the final whistle.

Ryde are proving quite the nemesis for Sutherland, knocking us out of the semifinals last year and also taking the points today.
Sutherland have a chance to get their season back on track when they face Baulkham Hills next Saturday in a must-win game to keep in touch with the top four.

Best & Fairest Ray Northwood 3, Dave Lucas 2, Caleb 1. Goal Cameron Bayley.

Juniors

U15 Metro

Northern District 5 – Sutherland 0

We battled with the Friday night traffic to get out to Pennant Hills to play Northern Districts.

It was going to be a tough ask with a number of regular players missing and our super sub (Ollie B) from last game out with a broken ankle, but the guys hung in and are improving each week.

Northern Districts started strongly, pulling out to an early 2-0 lead. The game started to even out after that with Northern Districts going into half time up 3-0 with Ash, Keegan, Luke and Luca doing a great job in defence.

The 2nd half was move evenly fought with play going back and forth, but unfortunately with Northern Districts scoring 2 goals.

Elliot played well again, as did Huon, Paris, Ben, Zach, Max and Oliver T, all doing a great job moving the ball up field with some improved passing to give us some goal scoring opportunities.

Daniel was kept busy again and after a slow start played well and banged into the opposition’s big forward a few times (benefit of playing Rugby League for eight years).

The highlight of the night was the scream from Paris when one of the local Kookaburras swooped across the field and knocked her stick as she was running up field.

Big thank you to Zach, Luke and Keegan from the 15As for helping out this week. Thank you guys, very much appreciated.

U13A

Sutho Geckos 13 def UNSW 0

Geckos Round3 - SAPictures: Rory Staples

Another away win for the Geckos, however it was a difficult game due to the not-so-strong opposition. There were patches in the game where UNSW defended well, however most of the game was spent in the University’s quarter with the Geckos pressing for goals.

Chloe Antilla opened the scoring for the Geckos from a well-executed short corner with Shontae Salmon a few minutes into the game. That was followed up by a goal to Matty Rose finding a way through the goalkeeper’s pads.

The Geckos were having quite a few shots on goal throughout the first half, but the UNSW goalkeeper was excellent with many, many saves.

It was therefore pleasing to see the Geckos players drawing and passing to score the teams third goal: Nick Sullivan dribbled the ball into the UNSW circle, drew the defender and passed to Chloe Antilla, who then drew the goalkeeper out from the goal before passing to Lachlan Staples to slot the ball into an open goal.

Geckos Round3 - BRWith a score of 6-0 at half-time, it was time to give the defenders a chance to get involved in the game, so the strikers and defenders were switched.

It wasn’t long before Amelia Kirby had scored three quick goals by positioning herself in the right place to clean-up the ball off the keeper’s pads and receiving fine crosses from Bree and Matty.

The mercy rule came into play when the Geckos hit an 8-0 lead and then again at 10-0.

This meant the Geckos played the last quarter of the game with only 7 players on the field with no goalkeeper. Notwithstanding, the Geckos were still moving the ball around the field well and managed to score four more to finish with 13 goals.

Best and fairest: 2 – Nick Sullivan, 2 – Amelia Kirby, 2 – Thomas Bryden. Goals: Chloe Antilla 4, Amelia Kirby 3, Matthew Rose 2, Lachlan Staples 2, Tom de Soza 1, Chloe Holmes 1.

Geckos Round3 - NS

Sutho Monitors 5 beat Moorebank 0

With Moorebank a relatively unknown quantity at this level, as it has been some years since they had a team in 13A’s, and our team affected by injury and illness, it was going to be an interesting encounter.

Isaac offered to play keeper, which released Grace on the unsuspecting opposition at left striker, and we had a rejigged midfield. Zara bravely stepped up from U11 to give us some cover on the bench.

We played to our game plans, and maintained good pressure, despite being a little lost in the middle at the start. A number of close chances in attack went wide or were saved, before Grace pounced at the post to score.

At first we thought it was disbelief at her reaction to scoring her FIRST EVER goal, but instead she had copped the goalie’s stick in her face in the act of scoring, but was OK, and Grace promptly moved to left back for the rest of the game.

Jett scored a good goal from a run from midfield before Kaylee finished a great team goal that started at the back and promoted through an excellent run and pass from Kayla. 3-0 at the break.

The half time talk was very positive. The on field chat was excellent, the passing was getting better, and we were controlling the game. For the 2nd half our “assistant coach” took control of the rotations, and had us subbing every 3 minutes, with some interesting changes that I think all the players appreciated, giving them opportunities in different positions.

That saw Zara at left striker and she ran onto a deft through ball and slotted past the keeper for a fantastic goal, to complement her earlier goal in U11s – what a day! Kaylee scored the final goal to complete a well earned double.

A solid game by Isaac in goals, with some excellent clearances, as well as a strong effort by Angus at the back wielding his brand new stick.

Noah also had a good second half working in the middle.

Best today were split evenly between Grace, for awesome positional talk at the back and solid defending, and Tahlia and Jett for their tireless efforts in the middle.

Next week the Geckos.

Best and fairest: 2 Grace, 2 Jett, 2 Tahlia

Goals: 2 Kaylee, Grace, Jett, Zara

Prior Week:

Sutho U13A Monitors 9 beat  UNSW 0

DSC_1077What a drama – we turned up at Daceyville for the earlier U11 game only to find the Defence Forces games scheduled, and I wasn’t going to argue with those guys. Once everyone had arrived at the ground, and after a lot of phone calls we luckily were able to move the game to Sutho at the last minute.

A very slow start, as we were drawn in to UNSW’s congested play.

DSC_1072We discussed passing wide and passing around the keeper. This worked a treat, and we were able to open to the game up and score some fantastic 2nd half goals. Most pleasing was some of the short passing interchanges on either flank and out of the back, as well as the transfers around the back that really opened up the play.

Thanks to Lachlan for stepping in to umpire at last minute, and to John for the great photos in last week’s newsletter.

Goals: 2 Isaac, 2 Jett, 2 Oliver, 1 Tahlia, 1 Kaylee, 1 Lily

 

U13B

13 May Thorny Devils 0 lost to Moorebank 5  

Well, we finally got to play again after last week’s game being rescheduled to a later time in the draw due to a double booking issue with the field.

We had a full team this week but our coach Dakota was playing the State Champs so Peter Tait thankfully stepped in to cover for him.

The first half was not a great start , we had very little attacking opportunities and our defence was a little messy at times. This resulted in a first half score of 4-0.

The substitution strategy for the first half didn’t help, so we changed it and decided to substitute players in blocks of five for the second half.

This clearly helped the flow of our game and with a few extra pointers on defending and attacking the quality also improved.

We showed some great defending through the backline and we had our fair share of attacks on Moorebank’s goal but just couldn’t quite find the back of the net on each occasion.

In the end the score line was 5-0 to Moorebank. Unfortunately, it was a loss but all our players should be proud and encouraged by the vast improvement they showed in the second half. Things should only get better.

Well  done Thorny Devils!

Best and fairest: Luke Gilfillan 3 pts, Myles Hanrahan 2 pts and Blake Mottershead 1 pt.

29 April Sutho Thorny Devils 2 lost to St George 7  

Finally Round 1 arrived! It seemed to take so long to get here but it was a beautiful day and the Thorny Devils were hoping to make a good start.

Things looked promising and through a break up the side line break Hannah K landed one in the back of the net. It was 1-0 to the Thorny Devils!

Unfortunately we couldn’t hold the lead for long and less than 2 minutes later St George had equalised and then less than a minute later had taken the lead back. Now all of a sudden we were 2-1 down!

Our biggest first half problem was working out our substituting of reserves. With five players on the bench it was complicated and confusing and didn’t allow us to build any real momentum. Hopefully with some tweaks it can get better.

At half time though the score was still 2-1,  we were still in with a chance.

In the second half the substituting issue seemed to settle down a bit but St George were simply too good; they had a couple of key strikers who just dominated and before long they scored again. Our keeper, Nick Cullen, was playing a terrific game but was kept very busy with attack after attack and before we knew it St George were 5 -1 up.

We never gave up hope  and made some nice breaks up the field but just weren’t able to capitalise. On the other hand St George did, and were soon 7-1 ahead.

We did manage, however, to finish on a high with our second goal being scored by a stampeding charge by Myles H with less than five minutes to go. And that’s were the game finished  7-2  in favour of St George.

We have plenty of work to do at training next week, but we’re confident things will improve.

Best and fairest: Nick Cullen 3, Sofie Cherrie 2 and Mackenzie Shaw 1.

Goals: Hannah Kernohan and Myles Hanrahan.

U11A

Sutho Geckos defeated Glebe Red 3-1

With this game being the Geckos’ first experience on grass for the season, it was always going to be a big challenge. Notwithstanding, they  were up to the task and put in a creditable team performance.

Getting the ball out wide and good passing ensured great momentum and saw the Geckos score three goals (Finn Willie 2, Zara Matthews 1). With tireless tackling and strong defence, the Geckos restricted Glebe to only one goal and came away with a good win!

Great work Geckos!

Best and fairest: 3 Amelia Domrow, 2 Darcy Matthews, 1 Rhys Bollard, 1  Zara Matthews.

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

Geckos Round2 - AK
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.