WESTVIC U16 BOYS V HOCKEY GEELONG
FINAL SCORE: WESTVIC 6 – 1 HOCKEY GEELONG
GOAL SCORERS: JOSEPH NELSON-HILL (2), JAMES KEMP, REAGAN SIMONS, DALTON BARBY, OLIVER MCCRAB
The Westvic U16 boys started their season off well coming from behind in the first half before a strong second half showing earned the three points away to Geelong. Both teams came out strong and played a very even opening period with both teams creating opportunities. Westvic opened the scoring ten minutes in when Dalton Barby slammed home a smart penalty corner variation. The next period of play saw Geelong take control of the match with plenty of opportunities to score. Goalkeeper Callum Bridge was in fine form and looked unbeatable until a well worked move from Geelong saw them equalise. Geelong scored again shortly after, capitalizing on some lax defending from Westvic by counterattacking quickly and passing the ball around the outnumbered Westvic defence and into the goal. This goal proved to be the motivation Westvic needed, and were the dominant team in the closing ten minutes, dragging back an equalising deflection goal through striker Oliver McCrab before half time.
The second half saw Westvic take charge of the match, scoring regularly as Geelong fatigued. Westvic came out hard and put the Geelong defensive line under plenty of pressure, before Joe Nelson Hill converted to give westvic the lead. from then Westvic pushed on and controlled the match, scoring regularly through Reagan Simmons, James kemp, and another for Joe Nelson Hill. the defensive line was resolute, led by centre backs Lincoln Westerland and Henry Bourchier, keeping the geelong players under heavy pressure whenever they were in possession. the hard work of the midfield unit, led by co-captain Reagan Simmons changed the game for Westvic, as they repeatedly won the ball back in the attacking half, and created many opportunities for Westvic’s strikers.
the result leaves Westvic in good spirits and good form going into next week’s home game against Hawthorn hockey club.
WESTVIC U16 GIRLS V SOUTHERN UNITED
WESTVIC 1 – 3 SOUTHERN UNITED
GOALSCORERS: ELEANOR VEARING
On Friday night the WestVic under 16 girls made the long bus trip down to the State Netball and Hockey Centre for their first game of the season. Raring with anticipation, the team started with a strong attacking force, putting the pressure on the Southern United defence early. With Ebonie Squire-Robinson, Zoe Klopak, and Nicole Sims in the sticker line, the linking from midfielders Ella Matthews, Charli Jones and Hazel Penhall was creating a nice form of play across the field. Despite this, midway through the first half, WestVic conceded a field goal to Southern United, leading them into half time one goal down.
After an inspiring half-time talk from newly-appointed captain Lily Drury, the girls came out firing. With renewed attacking pressure supported by the solid defending efforts of Kirstin Rolt, Emily Williams, Stephanie Jones, Amy Willowhite, and goalie Charlotte Matthews, WestVic scored an early goal off a short corner by Eleanor Vearing. WestVic continued to fight hard throughout the match, with Lily Drury swapping into the striker line and Ebonie Squire-Robinson in centre halfback giving the team core strength on the field.
After both teams receiving almost simultaneous green cards in the second half and WestVic having some very close scoring opportunities, a goal was unfortunately conceded, braking the tie and putting Southern United up by one goal. With renewed vigour, attackers Maggie Ryan and Erin Cunningham continued to push forward and place pressure on Southern’s defence, breaking down their passing and earning WestVic invaluable short corner opportunities, but WestVic unfortunately could not convert.
Southern United managed to score one last goal in the dying moments of the game, leaving the final score at a 3-1 loss to WestVic. With all the competition between the two sides, their next clash in the season promises to be a thrilling match for the girls and spectators alike.
WESTVIC U14 V YARRA VALLEY
WESTVIC 4 – 1 YARRA VALLEY
The WestVic Under 14s made club history as we entered our first ever team in an U14 competition. The team didn’t disappoint, snapping up a great 4-1 win in front of a home crowd and showing the quality of juniors coming through Hockey Ballarat.