Congratulations to all teams who made the finals this year!
This coming week we have the following teams playing:
– Mens Metro B South (1) vs Bayside – Saturday 12pm @ Monash
– Womens Vic League 2 Reserves vs Melton – Saturday 12pm @ Footscray 2
– Mens Vic League 2 Reserves vs Werribee – Saturday 2pm @ Footscray 1
– Womens Vic League 2 vs Melton – Sunday 3pm @ Hawthorn Hockey Centre
– Mens Masters 35+BS (1) vs GD Warriors – Monday 7pm @ Dandenong
Also congratulations to the Monash U14 juniors side, who with a 1-1 draw on Friday went straight through to the Grand Final!
While the season draws to a close, it’s now time to celebrate what makes our club so special – the people!
Nominations are now open for the following awards:
– Best male/female first year
– Most improved female/male
– Club person of the year
– Team of the year
If you want to nominate somebody so they can be recognised for their contribution to the club, follow the link below. Nominations close on the 16th of September!
Click here to nominate someone!
Team of the week this week is a bit more of a preemptive strike, as the U14 Monash Monsters side finish the season on top of ladder.
Having lost just one game this season, they play this Friday night for a Grand Final slot at their home ground, the Monash Hockey Pavilion.
They hit off at 7pm, and we are encouraging everyone to get down and show their support for the future of the club after a terrific year.
7pm on the 26th of August @ Monash University. See you there!
The Mens 5s have had problems with numbers all season, and this round was no different.
Facing an OHA team who had won 3 on the trot and are threatening to take top spot on the ladder, they were in for a battle.
While Monash had just 8 players ready to take the field, the first half began as an even battle and both teams threatened to score early.
However a nasty blow to the head to Dustin Haines was a dent in both skull and ability to win the game, as he left the field due to the blood rule.
Playing with just 7, Monash continued to fight out the game.
Lachie Eaton was huge in goals, making numerous saves to keep them in it, while Ethan Erdeljac made many last-line tackles to repel OHA attack.
Venn King was also handy in defence, while Simon Laffan kept the opposition honours with some pacy run down the wing.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep OHA at bay, and the boys went down 0-3
Around the Grounds:
M1 @ Mornington 1-0
M2 @ Mornington 1-1
M3 @ Yarra 1-10
M4 vs Bayside 3-2
M5 vs OHA 0-3
Mens Masters 1 vs Collegians 9-1
Mens Masters 2 vs Bye
W1 vs Gippsland 5-0
W2 vs Gippsland 5-0
W3 vs Essendon 2-0
W4 vs GD Warriors 1-0
Womens Masters A @ Footscray 0-1
Womens Masters B vs Powerhouse 1-5
U14 vs Mornington 3-3
U10 vs Camberwell 0-8
It has been known for quite some time now that the fiercest Australian sporting rivalries are as follows:
5. Some rugby one probably
4. Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory
3. Carlton vs Collingwood
2. Monash Uni HC vs MUHC
1. Mens 4s vs Mens 5s
And so with the first whistle and touch of the ball, all sense of camaraderie and togetherness went out the window, as the two Mens Metro B South teams battled it out for the title of victor.
Those fortunate enough to witness the game saw an end-to-end flurry of attack and defence, both teams putting in goals with ease.
In a world of fairytales, underdog matchups, Rocky vs Drago, and England vs Iceland, the U10 Monsters trekked over to Matlock Reserve on a chilly Saturday morning to take on the undefeated Camberwell Blue.
A hard fought game from the first blow of the whistle, the team went into the half-time break with a nil-all draw, a rollercoaster of emotions awaiting them in the following half.
The Mens 2s can be notorious slow starters, so an early morning, long car trip, and a knee-peeling surface made the possibility of a tight first half against St Bernards at their home ground all the more likely, but our boys were having none of it.
From the opening whistle it was clear Monash were a cut above their opposition, and an early drag flick to Marty Fielke was a sign of things to come.
The 2s have welcomed Jay Wijerathna back into defence, providing some extra spark going forward in the absence of Jessie Hoo. The stout backline was aided by some midfield dominance, as Joe Connell managed to sneak forward for a cheeky goal while keeper Bimbo Willing kept himself entertained with the latest New Idea.
While there were contributions from all around the ground, the man at the end of most of them was this years current leading goal scorer Jayson Hammond, who finished with a casual bag of 5 goals.
St Bernards were left ruing the absence of a mercy rule at the final whistle, Monash winning 8-0.
Check out the rest of the results below:
M1 @ St Bernards 5-1
M2 @ St Bernards 7-0
M3 vs TEMs 0-3
M4 vs Frankston 5-0
M5 vs Bye
Masters 1 vs Masters 2 4-0
W1 vs PEGS 1-2
W2 vs PEGS 0-1
W3 vs Footscray 3-1
W4 vs Waverley 3-2
Masters A vs TEM 3-1
Masters B vs Mentone 1-0
U14 @ Bayside 2-1
U10 @ Waverley 1-9
With umpiring in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week, it’s a good time to reflect to how this translates for us onto the hockey field.
Chris Scott and NMFC cop fines for false umpire claims
While I’m sure there are no Brad Scott’s among us, Monash Uni HC and Hockey Vic want to see an improvement in the way hockey officials are treated.
At the end of the day umpires are a rare breed, and the game can’t continue without them. There are certainly no players who go an entire game without making an error, so next time tempers flare and blood boils, try to take a breath and remember we’re all human, and we’re all there because we love hockey.