ECHUCA Moama Hockey Club’s under 14 team scored a comprehensive 7-0 win over SYC in Shepparton last weekend.
The Echuca side started the game with a bang.
The ball was pushed into Echuca’s attacking line, Jack Pilgrim to Tess Harvey who found Olivia Mathers waiting in the circle. She hit the backboards.
The team continued to find their form, pressed into attack.
Tess Harvey passed again to Olivia Mathers who had a shot at goal, the SYC’s goalie kicked the ball out, Patrick Pilgrim got the rebound, his shot was just wide of the goal.
Ryan Said intercepted an SYC pass out wide and worked the ball up his right side finding Patrick Pilgrim, who connected with Sam Lowndes whose shot was saved.
EMHC earnt a short corner but was unable to capitalise, SYC putting in a good defensive effort.
Kade Steenhuis took a free hit, passed back to Haylee Greenman, she was able to put the ball on Ethan Thompson’s stick, Sam Lowndes finished off the play at the top of the circle, scoring.
Elyse Kerr worked hard in the centre of the field. EMHC Haylee Greenman intercepted SYC pass, passed to Tess Harvey, her shot was blocked by the SYC goalie, but Isabella Ferguson was in the correct position for the rebound off the pads, she pushed it past the SYC goalie jumping for joy after scoring her first ever goal.
EMHC went into half time with a 3-0 lead.
SYC came out with more vigour wanting to score and earnt a short corner which was defended well by Lucas Kell, Ethan Thompson and EMHC goalie Scott Park.
Sam Lowndes and Isabella Ferguson were able to add to the goal tally.
A short corner was earnt in the last few minutes by EMHC.
After many attempts they finally got it right.
The ball was pushed out by Lucas Kell to Sam Lowndes he then took a step to the left then to the right clearing SYC defensive players, pushed the ball past the goalie scoring his third for the day.
Goal scorers: Sam Lowndes (3), Isabella Ferguson (2), Olivia Mathers (2) and the umpire awarded votes to Sam Lowndes, Tess Harvey and Elyse Kerr.
U12 also had a strong game against SYC taking the points with a 4-0 win.
EMHC goal scorers were Leah Kerr (2) and Ryan Said (2).
The umpire awarded votes to Leah Kerr, Nash Berryman and Ryan Said.
B Women went down to Benalla 1-2 in hot conditions on Saturday.
A youthful side of Jenna Park, Haylee Greenman, Elyse Kerr and Fiona Owen putting in hard yards, they had plenty of shots on goal, but Benalla’s keeper was quick off the mark reducing EMHC to just one goal, scored by Jenna Park.
With only one interchange the Kyabram EMHC side were persistent but tired and Benalla were able to take the points. Umpires votes went to Elyse Kerr, Hannah Greenman and Jenna Park.
An impressive win was had by EMHC B Men against Benalla.
6-1 was the final score; goal scorers were Richard Said (2), Darren Kell (2), Juancho Mackenzie and Thomas Kerr and votes went to Stuart Williams, Darren Kell.
Both A grade teams played at home on Sunday with SYC travelling from Shepparton with bare numbers.
Echuca A Men were able to dominate having a convincing win 6-0 in unseasonably hot conditions.
SYC struggled with low numbers.
Goal scorers were James Thomson (2), Jayden Gulson, Matthew McDonald, Cameron Kenley and Adam Thompson votes went to James Thomson, Tayden Monigatti and Jayden Gulson.
EMHC A Women rounded of the weekend in similar fashion against SYC at home winning 4-1.
The women were in force with a full line up, varied with experience and youth.
The Echuca side was able to create a strong structure from the backline of Sally Deed and Wendy McLeod that enabled the team to move the ball, creating quick links in the midfield through Jorgie Wright, Beau Staritt and Kari Gulson.
This created opportunity for the skilful strikers Monique Schwedes, Courtney Thompson and Abbey Mathers. EMHC were able to capitalise well with goal scorers being Abbey Mathers, Jessica Snaize, Courtney Thompson and Keeley Thompson. Umpire votes went to Jorgie Wright, Jessica Snaize and Tina Kerr.
Saturday will find all Echuca Moama Hockey teams in Shepparton starting at 10am against Mooroopna in the Juniors, B grade have SYC to contend with, A Women will face a tough game against ladder leaders Mooroopna and A Men will play their first game against Mooroopna for the season.