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Back into it after the long weekend

Match reports received from last weekend’s games – with pictures coverage by Rory Staples who was on the sidelines at the Metro U15 and the mighty U11B Bearded Dragons’ games.

Men

First grade Sutho 4 – UNSW 4

This match was not expected to be a good result for us as we had seven players out with injury or work commitments. To every one’s credit the effort put in was phenomenal.

We had Luke Noblett back but playing with torn ankle ligaments, and . To every ones credit the effort put in was phenomenal .We had Luke Noblett back but playing with torn ligaments in the ankle, and 5 second graders doubling up: Zac Nyrhinen, Michael Sharkey, Matt Turner, Scott Crasifi, and Jake Shepherd.

Four were some of our local juniors coming through. They can be proud of the effort they put in and becoming familiar with playing 1st grade.

We had our chances to even win this one but unfortunately didn’t happen.

To boot, the players doubling up then went to Homebush to play 2nd grade and beat NWS 6-1 –  another great effort.

We come up against Moorebank next Saturday on our “Back to Sutho “ day.  Hopefully we will have most of our 1st graders back on deck, although there are still some doubtful at this stage.

We look forward to the usual hard fast game against Moorebank and hope to see a lot of people there to celebrate the day.

B & F: Luke Noblett 1, Shayne Smith 2, Alex Shaw 3. Goals:  Matt Phillips 3, Matt Bennett 1.

Third grade Sutho 1  drew Easts 1  (game abandoned due to weather)

Our match day reporter this week is Daniel Bryant

This week’s game was Sutho (3rd place) v Easts (2nd place) so we knew it was going to be tough, especially as we were missing our captain, Brad.

The game started at a fast pace with both teams on the attack. Easts were awarded an early PC, and even though they messed it up, some poor goalkeeping (by me) saw them convert.

The umpire obviously thought I needed some more practice and awarded them several more corners, but we managed to keep them out.

Early in the second quarter, we were given our chance and thanks to Joel’s strategic pass off the crossbar straight to Ryan he was able to even the score.

Just after half time, the heavens opened and the rain poured down, and it didn’t stop. Within minutes the field looked like a swimming pool and the ball refused to go more than 5 metres.  With poor visibility and the umpires drenched it was agreed to call the game off.

The next challenge for players and supporters was navigating the pool of water at the gate to get to the car park.

B&F:  Kian 3, Jay 2, Daniel 1. Goal: Ryan O’Leary.

4th Grade
Sutherland 0 Baulkaum Hills/North West Strikers 1

First game back after the long weekend break. The game prior we came off a grand effort to break the competition leaders, formerly undefeated, Gordon North Sydney. We were welcomed back after the break by cold and rainy  night game at Homebush at 6.30 on Saturday night against a team that hasn’t been so fortunate this season, sitting at 11th place of the comp.

The boys started out decently structured considering the conditions they walked out onto, though could not penetrate a goal against BH/NWS. They were unfortunate enough to have a questionable penalty corner called against them, in which resulted in a 1-0 lead for BH/NWS.  They clung to this all game and played defensively for the duration.

As the game lapsed, it felt as if Sutherland were disheartened, losing simple things like 50/50 balls and being too direct, causing the panic of being behind.

Though this all said, Sutherland had a decent amount of worthy oppotunities at goal but the BH/NWS keeper proved his worth by holding out every attempt
He seemed to be the reason they kept their position of being in front of Sutherland all game.

The result was a disheartening 1-0 loss, after having beaten the undefeated comp leaders the game prior. Maybe it was the weather? Potentially the break of momentum from the week off with the long weekend? Nevertheless, Sutho has plenty of time and games to turn the first half of this season around.

Also a special thanks to Brendan Hol and Jay Kelly for racing over from Kyeemagh after having the 3rd grade game cancelled due to rain to support 4th grade on the bench .

Best and fairest: Elliot 3, Sean 1,  David 1 and Ryan 1.

Eighth grade Sutho 1 drew with Macquarie Uni 1

We were up against Macquarie Uni this week after a break for the Queen’s birthday.  The first round saw us go down 6-1 in a match where not much went right.  This game was significantly different!

From the start we had them on the run.  Some great wide attacks stretched their defence.  Well done to Connor and Jordan who ran the whole game.

Our midfield were on the case as well, linking up with the forwards and providing that essential cross field support.  In fact the whole team was in on it from centre forward to goal keeper.  We had them concerned in every part of the field.

They were the first to score and a couple of inches in the other direction and it would have missed!

We kept our heads and stuck to it.  We had a play on the right side of their goal.  They were heavily defending there when we were able to switch to the left to Caleb who was in prime position in front of the goal!

A mighty hit that mishit the ball and it trickled over the goal line.  The scramble of Mac Uni to get to the ball was very funny but their effort was in vain.  GOAL!  We have levelled.

From there it was a fast paced game to be the first to break the deadlock. We held them out and they held us out to end a well-deserved draw.

Best and fairest:  3 Sean Hails 2 Cameron Bayley 1 Jordan Wood. Goal: Caleb Nieuwendyk.

Juniors

Metro

We didn’t get a match report from the U15 Metro match between Sutho and Northern Districts, but we did score a gallery of pictures from Rory Staples. Enjoy – and thanks, Rory.

Meanwhile, back in the action with our other junior teams….

Sutho U11a Geckos 8 Glebe Red 0

The Geckos obviously benefited from the long weekend break and were ready to play from the starting whistle.

Kaylee and Luke were solid at the back and let nothing through while sending some great strong passes up the sidelines to the midfielders.

Emily, Luka and Julian controlled the midfield to create space and intercept Glebe passes; they simply never gave up on trying to win the ball. Eliana did her job up the front and scored herself a couple of goals.

Jack, playing goalie, had a quiet game but was always ready for action if the ball looked like it was coming his way.

Special mention goes to Liam and Harrison from the 11B Bearded Dragons who helped out with numbers. They were both fantastic supporting Eliana at striker and Harrison even scored us a goal.

Goals: Eliana 2, Luka 2, Julian 2, Emily, Harrison.

Sutho U11 Blue Tongues 3 Glebe 3

This week’s game was a tough return after the long weekend.

Our champs were a little messy in the first half, but managed to bounce back and record a 3-all draw with Glebe.

All our team members played very well and worked really hard but our best and fairest for this week are Jack our goalie for this week at 3 pts, Georgia at 2 pts and Rowan at 1 pt. Congratulations, guys!

Go Blue Tongues!!!!

Sutho U11B Bearded Dragons 5 Moorebank 1

After a break for the June long weekend the Bearded Dragon hosted Moorebank 11B at home on a chilly morning.

This week saw the team helping out fellow Sutho 11A Gekos team with a player to help with numbers. This gave our players  the a chance at playing in the A Grade Team level.

It was a slow start due to the brisk conditions but once everyone warmed up there was great advancement from the forwards with a few shots at goal that were saved by the safe hands of the Moorebank keeper. But the team continued and managed to sneak past the keeper for a few goals.

The second half started strongly with both teams have shots for goal before Moorebank secured their first goal.

During the fourth quarter the team came together with great passing and persistence to secure the final goal before the hooter went off.

Great work everyone on a great teamwork.

B&F: Hamish 3, Ellie 2, Liam 1. Goals: Harrison 2,  Nic 2 and Jack 1.

Under 13A Sutho Geckos 5 defeated St George Randwick 2

The Geckos had another victory today, wining 5 to 2.

Our passing has really improved and we are starting to see the team implement what they practice during the week at short corners and transferring the ball from one side of the field to the other.

Our opportunity to improve lies in our intensity.

We played great hockey for the first three quarters of today’s game scoring five goals but then we “switched off”, allowing SGR to score two goals in the final 15 minutes.

This is a good reminder to the team that they need to play hard for 100% of the game.

Best and fairest: 2 Camille Rogerson , 1 each to Chris Goodman, Rhys Bollard, Isaiah Vassallo and Jonty Austin. Goals: Chris Goodman 3, Peter Rast 2 goals.

Under 13B Sutho Blue Tongues 1 drew with Sutherland Thorny Devils 1

It was a beautiful Winter’s morning down at Sutherland Hockey Field. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping & the atmosphere was sensational.

Bragging rights were up for grabs again – it was another round of Sutho vs Sutho. The Blue Tongues won the last head-to-head, so the pressure was on to make it two from two.

The game was pretty even with both teams passing and getting ball into the other’s half. A couple of exciting short corners were saved and defended by the Blue Tongues. There were also some great saves by our goalie, Charlotte.

With lots of action at both ends of the field, the game was thrilling for not only the spectators, but the players too.

The first goal of the game belonged to the Blue Tongues. Beautiful passes from the defensive line at the back, through the middle of the field and then finally to the attackers – where Jack scored the first goal and put the Blue Tongues up one-nil.

The second half had its challenges with the ball in the other team’s possession for most of the time. The Blue Tongues continued their great teamwork throughout the half, but allowed the Thorny Devils back into the game when they evened up the score at 1 – 1.

Special mention to Mylo who had a cracking save very close to goal and kept the score 1-1 til the end of time.

Overall, a great challenging game by both teams and we look forward to the next match up. Keep up the great work Sutho!

Best and Fairest: Bailey 3, Mylo 2, Declan 1.

 Under 13B Thorny Devils drew Sutho Blue Tongues 1

Round 8: Or Round 2 of the local derby and tension was high in coach Hoy’s camp.

The TDs were fired up to redeem themselves after our loss in the final minute at our last encounter; the scars  still showing.

The tension during game was relentless, with end-to-end hockey being played and the defence from both teams sharp. It was a great display of the strength of our Sutherland District Hockey Club junior program and the countless hours our volunteers devote to our juniors.

The BTs scored midway through the first half and the TDs scored early in the second half to set up a nailing biting last third.

In the last minute of the game the BT won a short corner – and the memory of our loss in our last encounter came flooding back.

The TD coaching staff (Andrew, Simon and Sam) couldn’t bear to watch from the dugout, with hands over our eyes peeping through the gaps of our fingers, but our TDs were determined not to go down the same way.

The short corner was set, trapped and shot taken with the ball deflecting over the goals and just missing going in…The BT dugout jumping to celebrate the almost goal and the TD dugout with heads sunk with a big sigh of relief as the game ended in a fitting draw.

An awesome display from both teams, coaches and parents, with handshakes and pats on back all round. It was a great display of good club sportsmanship.

B&F points: Abby 3, Darcy 2, Nathaniel 1. Goal: Liam.

U15B Sutho Blue Tongues 4 Moorebank 2

On a wonderful morning for hockey, U15B Blue Tongues managed to score another home game thanks to our hard-working Junior convenor.

We are suffering from a few mid-season injuries and had to call for players from the Under 13B. Massive thanks to Lachie and Mylo who filled in superbly.

The team started positively with lots of passes, good tackles and valuing possession of the ball.

The talking on the field is progressing well with lots of positive encouragement led from the back by Hugo.

Our determined play meant we went to half time with a 2-0 lead with a cracker of goal from Zara hitting a one-timer into the air which flew past the keeper. After some great passing up the field by the backs and mid, Max was able to finish off with a  sneaky backstick hit into the corner.

In the second half players’ positions were changed around to give us some extra experience.

Liv took on the role of striker, Lily and James rotated through the midline and our super sweeper Harley had a run at striker.

Opponents Moorebank slotted in 2 goals in the second half – one after some scrappy play in our defending circle in which Hugo made several saves but we were unable to clear the ball.

Moorebank’s second goal was completely against the run of play when a lucky long hit bounced off the upright and straight onto their stick and into the goal.

We answered with 2 more goals. Zara slotted the ball in after a wonderful pass across the goal face and Amelia deflected in a short corner hit by Max.

The team continues to improve each week.

Best and fairest: 3 Zara Cathcart, 2 Jonathon Krepp, 1 Harley Belbin. Goals: 2 Zara Cathcart, 1 Max Lewis, 1 Amelia Kirby.

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