2017 Glebe DHC Men's Match Reports
Round 16 Saturday 15th July 2017
Round 15 Saturday 8th July 2017
Round 14 Saturday 1st July 2017
Round 13 Saturday 24th June 2017
Round 12 Saturday 17th June 2017
Round 11 Saturday 3rd June 2017
Round 10 Saturday 27th May 2017
3rd Grade: Glebe vs NWS (27 May 2017)
Result: Won 3-1
Glebe needed to put together a solid and consistent performance against the lowly NWS to remain in the hunt for finals, and for the most part Glebe dominated except for the usual sluggish opening to the game, which resulted in some pressure being placed on our defence. However, overall the defence was rarely threatened by NWS, who lacked experienced, in a team which would have been lucky to have one of its members out of their teens. Not that this is a bad thing, but the best 3rd grade teams generally excel if they have a mix of seniority/experience and youth.
Raj was again strong at the back and caused enormous problems for the NWS defence overlapping into the forwards. Olly had a great day with more space than usual and enjoyed the relaxed marking to make some great attacking raids into the circle. As per usual, the skipper, Aaron Nilan, had a strong game and scored all 3 goals, one from the field and two from corners. Our penalty corners are slowly improving and hopefully will help increase our goals for over the course of the season.
Glebe was never really headed and finished with a fairly comfortable 3-1 win. We could have won by more than 5, but our circle nous and execution remains a work in progress. We are definitely benefiting from having 2-3 fresh reserves in the squad each week.
On a personal note I would like to thank everyone who attended to celebrate my 500th senior men's game for the GDHC. It was a very humbling occasion for a person who is not very easily humbled! Thank you.
Round 9 Saturday 20th May 2017
3rd Grade: Glebe vs Moorebank (20 May 2017) @ St Lukes, Concord
Glebe 3rd grade's win-loss record was at 3-5, and the side looking at sliding out of finals contention if we lost in this match-up against a traditionally tough opponent, whom we don't normally walk away with too many positive results from.
As per usual, we started the game slowly and the young Moorebank strikers caused some early chaos, which was well shut down by the Glebe defence, who on the day were added by 2nd grade keeper, David Reid. After the initial onslaught, Glebe settled and were able to mount some attacks of their own, with MVP, Raj Patel making some great leads into attack to support his halves and provide early ball to the strikers. Glebe looked to attack predominantly through the right side, and right half, Kiran Bhana, continued to show improvement with a solid passing game up the right flank.
However, the first goal came from an attacking move through the centre which resulted in Simon Wark getting the ball at the top left of the circle and turning around to score one of his trade mark squeeze shots into the opposite corner of the goal. This was a fantastic goal and well deserved for all the tireless running Simon does up front. Luck was on our side as only a few minutes later, Simon scrambled home another goal for Glebe to go up 2-0.
The Glebe forward press fell away and as a result the Moorebank defence struggled to get meaningful ball to their forwards who were well-marked by the congested defence. Moorebank late in the first half and early in the second half, won a number of penalty corners but were unable to convert due to outstanding corner defence. This has been one of our weaker areas so far this season, but on the day was outstanding. Nothing looked like getting past Reidy.
Eventually, however, a mistimed pass from one of the halves, led to a quick turnover and a Moorebank striker slamming home a goal through the keeper's legs to bring the score back to 2-1. Glebe continued to attack and defend courageously, and with less than one minute to go, a beautiful passing move on the left flank between Daniel Martin and Olly Brownbill, resulted in Simon getting a ball in centre field which he slipped on a 45 degree angle to the leading Corey Morrow, who rounded the keeper at pace and tomahawked the ball into the right backboard for the deciding goal.
It was a great relief to win the game and to score 3 goals in the process. If Glebe can post strong wins in the next 2 games against NWS and Sutherland, this should see us back in and around the Top 4, going into the second half of the season.
Round 8 Saturday 13th May 2017
3rd Grade: Glebe vs UTS (13 May 2017) at Homebush 1
Result: Lost 2-3
This was always going to be a tough assignment against a UTS side that were on top of the competition, and only recently relegated from PL1 (for the first time in many years) back to PL3. Glebe had 6 regular players out, including the captain, most of whom were representing SEHA at the NSW U/18 Championships. However, we were fortunate to have Ed, Luke and Mitch in the team, who have played mostly 2nd grade this year. George Manou, club legend, and the 4 Martin men, all stepped up from 4th grade into the side.
The intensity was fantastic from the outset with some great tackling at the back, particularly from Ed, who has improved out of sight, and some quick, counterattacking movement from the young Glebe forwards. A few of the UTS forwards were very skilful and difficult to contain, and once we fell away a bit, we did a better job of holding them up, and nullifying former Glebe 1st grader, Brendan Booth's monster overheads from the back.
Despite the big drop down in grades, it was interesting to see that UTS played for penalty corners for most of the game instead of getting in a position to have a shot at goal, and also fell away to behind their half-way line on a number of occasions when Glebe had a defensive 16 yard hit. UTS won't be bringing the fans back to watch hockey any time soon, that is for sure.
Glebe attacked smartly through Luke in the middle and Corey, Daniel, Simon, Mitchell and Ambrose, were causing the UTS all kinds of problems. Glebe won a well-deserved corner, and Luke sent a low drag flick into the foot of the left postie winning us a penalty stroke, which Luke duly converted. Congrats to Luke for all the hard work he has put in the off-season to improve himself to earn a promotion to 2nds and to be a dominant player in 3rd grade.
Anyway, UTS won their fair share of corners, and while one bullet got through in the bottom right corner, the Glebe corner defence were otherwise solid, in keeping out a number of high speed drag flicks, including one Georgey picked out before it went into the top right corner of the net. Jason also scrambled a shot out from right on the line on the stroke of half-time and we went into the break at 1-1.
Glebe began the second half well and it wasn't long before Simon Wark send a nice low push shot into the back of the goal after a scramble for the ball in the circle. However, it was from this point we started to fatigue, and our trapping and passing completion went astray. A terrible back pass from the halves resulted in a UTS overlap upfront and a pass to an unmarked striker for a simple push in past Georgey, who had been forced to come out of his goals.
The last 10 minutes was a bit of a blur as some tough decisions went against Glebe. The umpires had a tough day of it with their vision being impaired by a significant glare on the turf. A number of mistrapped balls by UTS onto their bodies or feet were simply not picked up by the umpires, who did their very best in the conditions. With no more gas left in the Glebe tank, another string of errors resulted in an attacking play which led to the UTS winning goal.
Absolutely gutted. An extremely understrength Glebe 3rd grade side had turned up and given everything it had and tried its hardest to the last. I would say unlucky, but the truth is you make your own luck. If we'd played smarter hockey when it counted, we would have won, regardless of how much better out opposition looked on paper. While a very disappointing result, one which shows that Glebe has a lot of heart and talent, which hopefully will be developed to its potential over the next few years.
Congrats to George Manou - MVP for the game.
4th Grade Match Report
vs Macquarie Uni
Round 7 Saturday 6th May 2017
4th Grade Match Report
vs Gordon North Sydney
Round 6 Saturday 29th April 2017
SHA Premier League
Saturday, April 22 at Ryde (Round 5)
Glebe 1 - Ryde 5
The Redmen's up and down start to the season continued last week as they were beaten under lights by Ryde who showed just why they are one of the best sides in the competition.
Ryde's finishing was top class taking full advantage of their opportunities while Glebe failed to capitalise on their chances.
The first half was all Ryde with Glebe holding their opponents at bay for the better part of the half but eventually her pressure told with Ryde scoring two goals in the space of two minutes before half time to take the wind out of the sails of the Redmen.
Glebe responded in the right fashion when play resumed and were the first to score thanks to some good baseline play which resulting in the Ryde keeper having to make a number of saves before Mitchell Tudor finally found the back of net.
Glebe had a spring in their step and continued to threaten earning a couple of short corners which they could not convert.
In the past couple of seasons Glebe's short corner battery has improved its strike rate but unfortunately on the weekend did not click, demonstrate just how important success from the set play is.
Glebe had the better of the play throughout the second half but could not do enough to break the Ryde defence and were unable to pin them in their own half for a sustained period of time.
In the last 10 minutes of the game Ryde manage to score a couple of breakaway goals while Glebe missed a golden chance a few minutes out from full-time to peg the score back.
Ultimately Ryde ran away with the game but the contest was much tighter than the score would suggest.
Glebe will face off against Bankstown in their next match at Cintra eager to bounce back with a win.
3rd Grade: Glebe vs Ryde
Saturday, April 22 at Ryde (Round 5)
Danger game! Glebe were up against Ryde, who somehow found themselves on the bottom of the competition table. In my experience, this would mean less about a possibly weak Ryde side and more about the overall strength of the competition. Traditionally, Glebe are a very strong club and their 3rd and 4th grade sides are often bolstered by former 1st grade players coming back down the grades as they get older, something which Glebe used to also do well, but not so well now.
Ryde ran onto the pitch made up of what appeared to be their entire U/17A side plus two older guys. Ryde, to their credit, started extremely strongly and put a lot of pressure on Glebe coming out of defence. Glebe's basics were poor to start with, and a cheap turn-over upfront, resulted in confusion at the back, as no one picked up the Ryde ball carrier who moved forward through the right channel. The same player took the ball into the circle and without a challenge, rifled a shot into the bottom left corner of the goal to open the scoring.
The rest of the half was a close affair, however, Ryde had the best of the chances at goal, with our young goalie, Emmerson smothering a couple of shots at goal, with another just bouncing out wide of the left post.
As per usual, the second half fight back from Glebe was spurred on by the courageous performance of the skipper, Aaron Nilan. Time and time again, 'Chopper' threw himself at the ball and made some great interceptions to start some promising attacking raids, in which he was aided by his son, Riley, who played right wing. Riley carved up his opposite left half and the momentum appeared to swing back Glebe's way as the level of basics overall improved.
Glebe got a little lucky with the first goal, which came from a penalty corner. The ball came out a bit wonky from the push out and as a result Chopper instead of having a shot, laid the ball off to Simon Wark, who got off one of his famous squidgy shots. The ball took an early deflection from a defender running through and went into the goal. While it was debatable whether the initial shot would have hit the backboard, for a change Glebe got the benefit of the doubt and scores were levelled.
The game at this point was like a never-ending ping pong rally. Both sides swapped full-length attacking raids. No doubt, the game would have been entertaining to watch from the Ryde hill. Ultimately, an attacking raid which started on the right, came left to Ambrose, and the ball ended up with young Daniel Martin, whose first shot was blocked and raised into the air, and he managed to swat the ball through the keeper into the back of the goal, to win the game for the Dirty Reds.
This was a very hard fought and courageous win
from a 3rd grade side missing a couple of
starting players, who now move into 4th
place. However, the table is so tight at this early stage of
the season that a loss next week could potentially see the side
drop to as low as 10th (although that is
5th Grade : Glebe v Easts, 29 April 2017
It was a fine Saturday afternoon, and the Fighting 5ths were up against Easts.
Round 4 Saturday 8th April 2017
Glebe Second Grade Vs St George Randwick 08/04/17
As said by the Visigoth King Alaric while he surveyed the sacked ruins of Rome "Victory smells good"
Alas it was the smell of jet fuel that assailed the nostrils of the Glebe Seconds as they pulled up in the carpark of the Kyeemagh Hockey Field, nestled on the banks of the once putrid, now marginally less so, Cooks River.
The opponents today were St George Randwick, not one of the frontrunners in the competition, but a good test for the still evolving lads of the Glebe team.
The pre match talk focused on getting up to game pace early, getting going from the hit off and not conceding any goals early in the game. Something that thankfully the team was able to deliver on.
The ball movement from the back was quick and with purpose, the midfield ballplayers had options going forward and the Glebe team dominated for most of the first half, although it was not until the final 5 min of the half the Glebe team was able to convert the sustained pressure they had applied into goals. A tap in for Jackson Tudor and a nice deflection on a short corner from Tim Pritchard.
With their tails up, the half time talk (mostly drowned out by 747's landing only meters away) focused on keeping the ball movement from the back at the same high level, making oneself available for second phase plays and being more clinical in the circle to convert the numerous attacking opportunities scoreboard results.
With the scores finely posed at 2-0 Glebe, the teams took to the field for the second half.
The second half thankfully saw Glebe continue with the same high quality ball movement & high intensity. Jackson Tudor was able to make up for a skewed push shot only moments earlier as the thumped the ball home from the top of the circle on a fast break. Tim Pritchard has quickly established himself as a goal line sneak, scoring a hat-trick in the game, with none of the coals coming from more than three yards out - keep it up Timmy!
Jackon Tudor also managed to bag himself a hat-trick (i.e. 3 goals)
Other notable contributors to the win were DC who was razor sharp as an attacking inner & Paddy who was able to play a vital role distributing the ball from the mid-field.
The final score saw the Glebe team spread their wings and soar to a 6-0 win, with Glebe able to put together one of their better games of the season, albeit against an opposition who gave them a little more time and space they will enjoy against the better teams. Nonetheless a good win, and promising signs for the future.
A special mention must go out to the First Grade goalkeeper Tony Ferguson who once again filled in for seconds - thanks for your efforts.
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3rd Grade - Glebe vs Manly @ Kyeemagh on 8/04/17 (Round 4)
Glebe 3rds had a tough ask against the newly demoted from Sydney Cup, Manly 1st Grade. However, the boys acquitted themselves well and put some early pressure on the Manly defence. The Captain, Aaron 'Chopper' Nilan, who is in fantastic form at the moment, scored a great goal early on to commence proceedings. However, Manly then decided to get physical and their older mix of gents playing harder form of the game were successful in bumping our smaller bodies off the ball and pressuring us into making a host of unforced errors. Manly hit back with a couple of well worked goals, including a rebound from a penalty corner.
Glebe desperately needed the half-time break to come to mobilise. The second half again started well with Aaron getting another goal, but then the relentless Manly pressure picked up and the unforced errors increased. Glebe particularly struggled to get meaningful ball through the left channel as Manly pressed the right side and then forced the left-side attack into errors in and around our defensive half. Manly scored 3 more goals (two of them unstoppable drag flick penalty corners) to give them a final win score of 5-2, which doesn't show the closeness of the overall contest.
The amount of errors we ultimately made was not befitting the excellent start we've had to the season so far and the promise shown. This was very disappointing. We are a better team than this and have come a long way since last season when a number of juniors and other rookie players were blooded into the side. You cannot win games if you miss more than 50% of your traps and then throw passes to the opposition on the few occasions you secure the ball. Players must try not to panic, remain calm under pressure, and have faith in applying the basics of hockey. If you can do the basics well, you always have a good chance of getting a result, even against a side that may have more talent on paper. We certainly have the talent, we just need to develop the consistency.
Next week's game against traditional rivals, Ryde (also at 2 wins-2 losses) should be a belter. We need a committed effort from all 14 squad members to hopefully get the result on the day. Congrats to 'Chopper' who was a well-earned MVP on the day, and to Kiran Bhana, who had a terrific first game for the club at right-half, and thank you to the evergreen George Manou for covering in goals, in the absence of Emmerson.
5th Grade : Glebe v Easts, 29 April 2017 (Round 4)
Round 3 Match Reports Saturday 1st April 2017
GDHC 1st Grade Match Report
01/04/17 vs. UNSW @ Daceyville, 2pm
Score: UNSW 2: Glebe 1
Goal Scorer: Joshua La Spina
Leading into the game, 1st Grade were preparing to celebrate two important milestones. Dominic Tintner was preparing to notch up his 100th cap for 1st grade and some last minute changes to the team structure saw South Australian recruit Andy Leat promoted to the starting line-up.
A rare break in the persistent March rain made for hot, uncomfortable playing conditions. The sunshine, lack of shade at the fields and ineffective watering of the pitch meant that the turf was very bouncy and difficult to read.
UNSW seem to have recruited well over the offseason and bought a fast, physical approach to the game. The first fifteen minutes of play saw a relatively even tussle between the two sides, although some solid defence from Aleks Manou, Will Noller, Dominic Tintner and Andy Leat was not supported by the midfield and strikers, who frequently miss-trapped or failed to hold possession.
The second portion of the first half saw the game open up somewhat, and a brief defensive lapse saw a UNSW player break through several weak Glebe tackles and score a tomahawk goal from the top right hand side of the circle. Glebe responded quickly to this and minutes later goal shark Joshua La Spina deflected nicely to put the finishing touches on a well worked penalty corner.
The remainder of the first half continued to be a fair arm wrestle between the teams, until a poor tackle (from yours truly - apologies gents) resulted in a penalty corner being awarded to UNSW with three minutes remaining until the break. This corner was converted and the teams went to half time with the score being UNSW 2: Glebe 1.
The second half continued to be a fast and physical affair, and no love was lost between teams. With an improved emphasis on trapping the ball, holding possession, and sticking to our structures of stretching the opposition high and wide, it would be fair to say that Glebe began to dominate the second half. Mitchell Tudor led the way up front, and we eventually managed to make several promising shots on goal and earn multiple short corners. Sadly none of these opportunities were converted. UNSW managed to hang on to their narrow lead and serve the Glebe 1st grade team their second loss in a row.
Unfortunately, our celebrations for Dom Tintner will have to wait until next week, where Glebe takes on St George-Randwick. We will be looking to put together a strong team performance and get our names back on the winning sheet.
Report written by Alister Cullen.
Glebe Mens 2nd Grade Vs Uni NSW Saturday 1st April 2017 12:30pm @ Daceyville
It was a beautiful sunny morning as the impressive thoroughbreds of the Glebe 2nds cantered straight past the bustling Randwick Race Track and on to the Dacey Phillips Memorial Field at Daceyville.
After much pre game discussion getting off to a good start the team was disappointed to concede a goal against in the first five minutes. Everyone managed to play themselves back into the game after this early setback and managed to stage numerous dangerous attacking raids. With some promising attacking movements undone as players were slightly out of synch with each other, something we hope to see rectified as the season progresses.
With the scores Uni 2- Glebe 1 at halftime, the coach had a few choice words for the lads at half time as he cracked the whip and urged us on for the last few furlongs of the race(game).
As the game approached the home straight, the Glebe team did not manage to maintain possession for extended periods, and were unable to exert any sustained attacking pressure on the Uni team. The score blew out to 4-1, with a late conciliation goal to Glebe giving the Game a respectable 2-4 down scoreline.
There were many positives for Glebe to come out of the game, with several promising new players still adjusting to the team, and some areas to work on for the future. So don't bring out the screening sheet and the shotgun just yet!! We have definitely NOT seen the best of this team!!
(The report writer would like to apologise in advance to Shakespeare & his year 7 English teacher for any offence to the English language this report may have caused)
3rd Grade: Glebe vs UNSW @ Daceyville 5pm Round 3 1st April 2017
Result: Won 3-1
It was a cracking sunny day at Daceyville, the only ground where you watch the game from behind the goal. Some of the Glebe guys looked a bit intimidated by the fit UNSW lads warming up doing their run throughs, shuttle sprints, relays, and stretches. I was thinking the opposition might be a bit exhausted by the time they hit the pitch. I was half-right. While UNSW started the game extremely strongly, they fell off soon enough as a result of a tough defensive effort from Glebe and some enterprising attacking raids from our youthful forward line. UNSW started the game camped in Glebe's half for a good 10 minutes and missed a few half chances to take the lead. Somewhat against the run of play a quick attacking move by Glebe resulted in a direct shot at goal being illegally stopped by the sole defender standing on the line, as the goalie had already been beaten. Captain Chopper strolled up and flicked the ensuing penalty stroke into the top corner of the goal. 1-0 Glebe.
The UNSW boys from here on in lost their way, becoming increasingly upset with their inability to penetrate the Glebe goal, and taking out on the umpires as well as on some of our younger, slighter players. No problem here, this is what 3rd grade hockey is all about. Young guys come through the grade to develop their game, and part of this rite of passage is that they will get bumped around a bit. Anyway, the young fellas stood up and gave as good as they got.
UNSW had a number of penalty corners which were well broken down by the Glebe defence, particularly by the young goalie, Emmerson, and by the left postie, Seb Burn, who with his awesome streamlined DIY haircut, scrambled a couple of saved shots out of the circle. Glebe attacked and won a penalty corner. Our penalty corners clearly need a lot of work, but it's a new combination, so we'll get there at some stage. Anyway, the corner broke down, but Chopper had the presence of mind to drag push towards the right post at pace, where a flying Jonah Riley intercepted to send a deft deflection between the goalie and left postie for a great second goal. 2-0 Glebe.
We expected a strong resurgence from UNSW in the first half, as possibly they hadn't given us as much respect as they should've in the first half. However, they were also strangely lethargic in the second half, and to Glebe's credit, we pressured them into a lot of errors with their transfer from the back often not finding the intended mark. Glebe had even more space to attack in the second half, with several raids going down Roddy's left channel. Another penalty corner ensued, broke down, and it resulted in a carbon copy repeat of the previous goal - Chopper drag push to Jonah for the deflection. Glebe up 3-0 you beauty.
The rest of the game was a bit of a slug fest with UNSW mounting lots of pressure and earning about 3 or 4 corners in a row. The final corner resulted in a great save from Emmerson being deflected into the path unluckily of an opposition forward who smashed the ball into the goal to make the score line look a bit more tardy.
Again, we were helped by having plenty of reserves and were able to welcome back another team member, Jason McDonald to the side. The team is growing confidence, and looking to hopefully make a run at finals if we can keep our good form going.
Congrats to Jonah Riley for his two goals, and taking out the MVP award. Well done to Chopper and Corey Morrow who also had strong games, taking out 2nd and 3rd respectively.
5th Grade: Glebe vs Monterey @ Daceyville 6:30pm - Glebe 3 - 2 Monterey 1st April 2017
Fifth grade got our season up and running with the 6:30pm graveyard shift at Daceyville against Monterey. 5th grade have become accustomed to playing in the dark in recent seasons but Saturday's game took this to a whole new level with the terrible floodlights at the ground meaning some areas of the pitch were literally in darkness! A good excuse for all our mistakes which were about to come!
Despite having only played the one trial game, and having a few new players in the squad, Glebe started the game really well. After 20 minutes we found ourselves 2 ahead thanks to a debut goal for Caleb Burke (a bullet effort from the top of the D which went straight through the keepers legs), and a goal on his return to the club for Robert 'Toxic' Guiffre. Toxic last played for the club in 1986 and after coming off the bench on Saturday, he scored with his very first touch. Arguments about whether it was a beautiful deflected effort or simply a mis-trap were never quite resolved but we were happy to give him the benefit of the doubt!
With 10 minutes left of the half, and with Glebe apparently cruising with a 2 goal lead, Googa decided that his work for the half was done and he subbed himself off for a rest and a bit of 'fresh air'. With Googa off the field, our defensive structure and organisation fell apart a little and Monterey pulled one back meaning we went in to the sheds at half time with a 2-1 lead.
The talk at half time was about getting our shape back and playing simple basic hockey as we had done in the first 20 minutes.
With Googa having had enough 'fresh air', Glebe started the second half with the same side who ran on at the start of the match. Unfortunately we never managed to get that initial tempo back and the second half was a scrappy affair with neither side really finding their flow and early season fitness (or lack of) proving a factor for both sides.
At the mid-way point of the second half Monterey drew level thanks to a well worked goal, although I'm sure Jacob will argue that the lack of light at that end of the pitch had affected his chances of keeping it out (second benefit of the doubt of the game!).
Despite having given away a 2 goal lead our heads didn't drop and with 10 minutes left on the clock we found ourselves back in front. A swift counter attack ended with the ball on the end of Travis's stick and he casually lifted the ball over the outrushing sliding keeper.
Glebe saw out the last 10 minutes or so of the game with very little threat from the opposition and the game finished with a 3-2 win for the fifth grade and a deserved winning start to the season.
The boys headed off to the changing room high in spirits and we even sang the club song which sadly has been a rarity for fifth grade over the past few seasons. With a few new players in the squad, and a few existing players who clearly hadn't seen much success over the past couple of years, it meant only about a quarter of the squad actually knew the song, but those that didn't were happy to just hum along and pretend that they had a clue about what was going on!
Next week sees another graveyard shift for the 5th grade against Ryde 6th grade. Ryde appear to have about 275 sides at the moment so another tough game is expected but at least we go in to the game full of confidence and hoping to keep our 100% start in tact!
Man of the match - Robert 'Toxic' Guiffre
Round 1 and 2 Match Reports 25th/26th March 2017
1st Grade Match Report Glebe VS Sydney University @ Cintra 6pm Saturday 26th March - Round 1
After one of the best pre-seasons Glebe has had in recent years, they came out of the blocks firing during Game 1. Dominating from the first whistle, with a disciplined and well organised defence Glebe kept the pressure on Uni in all areas, whilst slick passing around the pitch kept our unforced errors to a minimum.
With fresh legs and a new level of fitness the striker's movement up front was much improved on last season, making quality leads and sticking the traps. After a wide ball leading to a quick baseline raid, Glebe earned their first corner of the game and converted. This translated into good momentum for the rest of the game with Glebe dominating field position and possession.
The one statistic that really stood out was the conversion rate on the short corners, and lack of short corners conceded in defence. Glebe scored 5 of their 8 goals via short coners, with Al Cullen, Mitch Tudor, Mark Paterson and Michael Wark all finding the net. Josh LaSpina scored on a good breakaway in the second half, with Mitch Tudor also adding another to his tally near the end to seal the win.
It was a good start to the season with a renewed focus amongst the squad to put together a consistent season and improve on our position from last year, but it's a very long road ahead with plenty of improvements to make.
Final score: 8-2.
Man of the match: Tied between Al Cullen and Toby Ferguson.
Glebe 2nd Vs Sydney Uni Saturday 26th March 2017 Round 1
With a lot of regulars backing up for another season, along with a good mix of fresh faces to the team, everyone was excited and ready to for season 2017.
Syd Uni are a quality team and Glebe needed to put their best foot forward to be competitive. With all the new players acquitting themselves well and showing great promise for the future.
At some point in the first half Uni scored to hit the lead 1-0
After Glebe forced a corner A direct hit was deflected by a runner, and with equal measures of luck and skill first gamer Tim Pritchard was able to deflect it home for a GOAL, to draw the scores level at 1-1. Well done Tim!!
Then after several crisp passes in the circle Tim was again the man on the spot to tap a goal home to give Glebe an eventual game winning 2-1 lead.
Late in the second half Jackson Tudor streaked off for a last second chance to increase the scoreline to 3-1 but alas his tired legs couldn't carry him to glory. Nonethless a first up 2-1 win was greatly enjoyed by the team and the Glebe team song got a stirring rendition in the sheds after the game !!
Glebe 2nds Vs Briars Sunday 26th March 2017 @ Cintra Hockey Surface Round 2
So for the highly unusual and 'some' might say silly idea to start the season with a double header, the Glebe second grade team, still a bit stiff and sore from the first game of the season only 24 hours earlier, made there way to Concord for our clash with local rivals Briars.
The weather was stinking hot, so trying to play smart and keep possession was high on the list of instructions during the pre game talk.
Glebe showed glimpses of their best during the game, and were competitive in stretches but an inability to possess the ball for long stretches and exert sustained attacking pressure on the Burwood team was telling as the heat and fatigue took its toll as too much energy was expended chasing Burwood around the field.
A special mention must go to 3rd Grade goal keeper Emmerson Weiliey
who, at extremely short notice played the first half and acquitted himself well, showing great form in the goals to keep Glebe well and truly in the game. Until our regular keeper Dave, who after a calamitous mix up reading the draw, was still travelling through Katoomba at hit off time.
Glebe were well and truly in the game for until the final stretch when they conceded a couple of goals to let the scoreline extend out to 4-1 down.
3rd Grade Glebe vs Briars (Sunday 26th March 2017) Round 2
Sunday funday. Nice to be back in the dirty red jersey. Though it was hot as hell at 1:30pm for our game. Need to hydrate heaps and rotate the subs. New skipper is club legend Aaron "Chopper" Nilan. Like a breath of fresh air. Keep things positive. Trap and pass. Support the ball carrier. Work back in defence.
An early defence raid down the left side saw Ed Noller skim a push pass across the face of the circle. Three Briars players and 1 Glebe player all play and miss before Ambrose Hill get a deft touch on the right post, almost on the goal line to put Glebe into an early lead.
Briars attacked for a while and the Glebe defence did a great job of holding up the centre and breaking down a number of attacks and ensuing penalty corners. However, one penalty corner too many, and the straight hit hammers past the goalie hitting the top of the backboard. A cracking shot. 1-1.
The second half was a bit scrappy as Briars tried to go long with little effect and Glebe built up play well only for mistraps up front to stimmy any progress into the circle. A ball is cracked goalwards by a Glebe player from about 40 metres out and the Briars goalie lets it go. The ball hits the post and rebounds to Jonah Reilly who is lurking around behind the goal keeper. Great lurking Jonah. You now have a license to lurk if it means that goals for Glebe are involved.
There were a few nervous moments towards the end but again the Glebe D, led by Shred Noller and Emmerson, stand firm. Glebe get a great win to bounce back from the previous day's loss and Luke Pollock gets a well-deserved MVP award.
2016 Match Reports
3rd Grade Match Report
Saturday 7th Of May 2016
Glebe 3 defeated Norwest Strikers 2
The Glebe men's third grade squad got off the mark for the 2016 season on the third attempt with a victory that was more resounding win than the slender margin of victory would suggest. The squad appeared to be at full strength for the first time all season with the return of Campo to the back and the return of David Koch after a year off, we were pumped and primed to get out and smash NWS. The NWS was a relatively young squad, filled with a lot of developing young players and only a very small number of very senior players for leadership and as such we set off to impose a more physical presence and controlling pace to our terms of play.
Though we were in the ascendancy for the bulk of the opening half, our presence in the attacking half couldn't quite yield the opening goal as the final pass wasn't reaching the intended targets up front. The attack was flowing nicely out from the back but the connection to the strikers just didn't appear to gel as players were still trying to build that connection but it was clear that once it did we were in for a good result. As the first half wore on though NWS continued to show flashes of danger as they were able to counter-attack at a quick pace using long hits with deflections and deft touches in an attempt to get in behind the line. The defence at the back was alert to the threats though and always managed to deal with any intrusions swiftly.
As is often the case in hockey though, if your momentum doesn't yield any results in due time, punishment for the failure to capitalise is bound to happen and NWS struck first against the run of play after series of quick interchanges off the Glebe bench left some confusion in the man-on-man defending down our right side and a striker was found unmarked at the far post for an easy tap in to make the score line 1-0 to NWS with only 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
The goal caused a change in focus to the squad as instead of being dejected like some may feel the squad seemed to almost get angry at our squandered chances and really set about ending the first half with an emphatic statement as we ran right down into attack and refused to be denied. Less than 2 minutes passed before we got on the score sheet, a great lead by young Oliver from deep through to the heart of the D allowed him to get a great deflection off a cracking pass from Campano beyond the 25 yard line; the ball rocketed into the goalkeepers chest and after a bit of a scramble Scotty managed to slam it home and a 1-1 score. The determination didn't abate with the goal though and within a few minutes Oliver found himself with the ball on the backline deep in the circle, showing great strength by posting up against the NWS fullback he held the ball long enough to look up and find Scotty leading at speed in behind and he slipped the perfect back stick pass into his path allowing Scotty to one-time a slap shot past the helpless keeper for a 2-1 lead.
The squad was breathing a bit hard at the break showing the pace at which we were pushing ourselves over the final 10 minute span, the talked was focused on keeping tighter marking, if NWS were going to play the long game with deflections the easy answer was to throw our bodies in and do the hard work to ensure we were in position to step in front of the players as they stopped to stoop low for their deflections; if we couldn't trap it, then we at least were going to make sure they weren't going to get a touch on it.
The second half played out to be a physical affair, the younger NWS players increased their physicality in an attempt to match what we had established in the first half but their lack of experience saw them constantly come unravelled as they couldn't keep a cool head in the scrap. As their composure faded our attack started to flow flawlessly, wide play, early ball movement, speed and overlapping numbers in attack, the left side in particular was beautiful down the sideline the entire second half as Dom out of left half had no trouble surging into open space and picking out any forward he wanted to find deep down field. Again the final ball into the circle to try and find the strikers in position for shots just weren't finding their mark.
The attack was showing more patience in the final 25 and we were causing more issues within the circle managing to secure a few penalty corners with Chris Farrugia managing to slot one just beneath the keepers glove into the corner of the goal to give Glebe a 3-1 lead midway through the second half. The rest of the game continued to play out this way and though Glebe wouldn't score any more goals the pressure applied through the middle of the field allowed us to pick off a lot of easy turnovers and launch a lot of counter attacks on a back pedalling NWS defence time and time again. Even when NWS managed to score an undeserved second goal off a short corner the squad never felt that we were going to anything other than win the game.
So a 3-2 finish and a first win of the season had the boys singing the club song loud and proud in the change rooms, very strong performance right across the pitch and if we can grab on to the momentum that we started in this game, with our intensity and our early passing, free flowing attack there could be some big wins on the horizon moving forward.
Players Player: Scott Richardson
Round 2 - 30/04/2016
3rd Grade Match Report
Saturday 30th Of April 2016
Glebe 1 def. by St. George Randwick 4
Disappointing outcome that could have easily gone our way had we taken our many opportunities that we had created in the first half. The squad really did well to press the play deep into our attacking half and maintained continued pressure on the St.GR defence with well structured attack. Chris Farrugia in at centre half controlled the flow of the offence well as he kept instigating the transfer of play from one side of the field to the other bringing the outside halves into the attack and creating constant overlaps of players streaming forward. Unfortunately, the forwards were unable to crack the goals that the excellent build up play deserved several great balls were played through the circle outside the opposite post looking for deflections that went untouched, other occasions shots were forced to be taken from wide and narrow angles that weren't on target.
St.GR relied on playing the long balls from deep, each 16 yard hit was either hit long or thrown overhead deep down field which kept our fullbacks constantly on edge as they were called into action with very short build up play. St.GR scored two goals in the first half both against the run of play and both off the back of errors when attempting to run the ball out of defence instead of passing the ball early; sloppy turnovers in our own half equalled 2 easy and undeserved goals.
We went into the sheds 2-0 down unsure of how we weren't ahead in the game, the talk was positive even though the scoreline was against us, we had shown that we were the better team in the first half in every aspect but finishing. We implied to continue to use the inside forwards and maintain playing with width, we just needed a bit more control and patience in attack and had to continue to be weary of the long balls that St.GR were playing.
The second half however, would show to be a complete reversal of how the first half played out, the squad lost structure and composure in defence and we suddenly struggled to build our attack the way we had in the first half. St.GR constantly ran waves of attack at us as their younger strikers caused headaches with the speed of skill they possessed on and off the ball. One team goal they worked wide down our right side defence saw them find space and numbers in the circle as they passed the ball easily around the circle to eliminate and shoot past a hard scrambling Damo in goals.
The second goal conceded came off a short corner, after Damon successfully defended three drag flick attempts on earlier short corner attempts; a fourth off a variation beat him into the net even though he did manage to still get a glove to the ball. It was only after we were 4 goals down that the side switched on to the second half and finally started to attack back and put pressure on St.GR, with less than 15 minutes remaining though it was always going to be near impossible to get a result. Credit to the squad though as they continued to fight all the way to the final whistle and while our chances in attack late in the second half were constant it seemed we were always undone with missed traps inside the circle.
One final attacking movement in the game saw the squad utilise the backline after going wide instead of going direct and the squad managed to secure a penalty stroke as Scotty found Jason and he slipped the ball from the backline - past the keeper who had rushed out of goals - to Simon Wark just beyond the 7 spot whose shot struck the foot of the fullback guarding the open goal. The stroke was taken after the final whistle had sounded and even though it was mis-pushed by Scotty the St.GR keeper had guessed the wrong direction and couldn't scramble back in time as the ball trickled into the bottom corner of the goal.
It wasn't the result we wanted but the team had a higher number than usual of players backing up from earlier games and for how disjointed and unprepared the squad has been to open the season there were positive signs, the attacking structure was effective in the first half and had great flow which gives us something to build on moving forward. Of note was young Jonah Riley who showed great poise playing only his second round of Men's grade hockey as he showed great fight when in the thick of things; notably an ability to post up with the ball and look for the layoff while under heavy pressure. There are signs in the squad, there is talent, there is ability, we just have to find a way to make it click before the season gets beyond us.
Players Player: Damen Jones
2015 MATCH REPORTS
Last round of the year
Playing to avoid last position
VS UNSW @ away at Daceyville
Score 2-1, against us.
"Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything."
Playing in the UNSW grounds is always good; central location, new field and infrastructure. You feel the sport is going somewhere.
We had a full squad, including bench. Selectors made sure we had plenty of players for this important match. Our ranks where bolstered by some 5Th graders. 5 & 6TH Grades have been playing as one big squad this year because we had to support each other nearly every week.
The team did not want to finish in last position, not because it's not a good look but as a team we thought we deserved better. We had a lot of challenges that were out of our control, and had some close matches even with the top sides.
We ran on after our customary "Glebe!" war cry from the huddle.
We started very well keeping possession and having the students on the back foot .Our forward line advanced well ably supported by our centre half and before long we were threatening to score.
Sam Bagley peppered the goal mouth twice with penalty corners shots, but the keeper was up to the task. It turned out that their best player was in the goals, so this made it hard for us.
Ivan had a good chance. So did Pete D, but whilst on target their goalie was focussed and managed the saves. We had other shots that were wide but overall we dominated the first half but with no dividend.
Went to the bunkers at 0-0.
Second half started a little differently with UNSW seemingly determined to get on the front foot.
They made some position changes on the wings and inners and were stringing passes together. Their left wing was always on the move so our half had to be sharp. The game was even, with us slightly ahead. Where UNSW had the advantage was the penalty corners. The way they shaped up it looked like they were well drilled .They had a designated stopper and a hitter. First pc they got they drilled it into the backboard . 1-0
We hustled and worked hard , passing well which has been an improved part of our game .
We got one back via a deflection by Ivan ? from thunderous shot from Sam B from outside the 20 .
1-1 with 15 mins to go so plenty of time to win the game.
We all played well and fought hard , with special mention to Eoghan who was filling in as goalie. He saved some good shots and even gave the ground a Sicilian kiss ( head butt) as he rushed in to stop the oncoming wing.
Also young Ryan who fiercely competed for the ball all game only to get his teeth knocked out by a careless high stick.
With 3 mins to go NSWU were awarded another pc, same players shaped up , same style push out, same deafening hit and sadly ,same result . 2-1 !
We fought till the last second and the siren sadly signalled our defeat .
We did not even have time to debrief, wind down , talk about the last games of the year , or share a beer , because a lot of the side had to get ready to help out the 5ths . Which has been a thorn in the side of both grades all year.
Next year we have to try and build 2 solid squads & make players accountable for their obligations.
We may be lower grades but we still wear the same famous crimson
colours of the great Glebe Hockey Club. Turning 85 this year and
still as spritely and enthusiastic as a teenager (If I had to use a
metaphor) Fitness and skills training and at the very least
penalty corners drilling has to feature in the 6 grade next
year if we are to improve and start being
It was an unexpected privilege to Captain the Mighty
6rs this year and I thank all the players for their effort.
For showing up week in and week out, and breaking out a sweat and straining those muscles for our great club.
We had a mixed squad this year that deserves acknowledgement.
Terry Kelly - Goals
Worked hard as usual and saved more than he conceded.
Sean Patterson- Back
Fearless in defence made great tackles.
Richard McKeogh- Back
Always reliable and knows how to stir the opposition.
Peter Kelly- Back ( and aspiring forward )
PK. Played most of second half of the season as a forward. Did very well for someone whose hockey DNA is as a defender
Peter Dodsley - Centre Half
-Dods. Best on field many a time. Turned defence into attack countless times
Sam Chrysos - Half
Team Captain. Who picked him? No natural talent but plenty of grit. Go GLEBE!!
Dean Slade - Half & Back
Deano; New player import. Mostly played in defence. Always enthusiastic and gave it his all.
Hamil Bhulla - Inner
Hamil the Terrible. Because he played like a true warrior. Miss that bushy beard and side burns Hamil, grow them back! It
scares the hell out of the opposition!
Brendan Vitnell- Inner
- New player. Young guy that thankfully brought the age average down! Good trapper and distributer of the ball.
Eoghan O'Donnell- Inner and half ( & goalie today)
Eggnog. Like an antelope in full flight. Great stick work promoted the ball 20- 30 mats at a time on several occasions.
Richie Jayasekara- Inner & half
Ritchie. New player. One of our best, great ball control and played the inner roles as it should be played. Genuine defence and attack.
Mattias Avellenal- Winger
Our flying winger. Played great this year beat the opposition half on countless occasions and if we could convert only half
the balls he centred in from the wing we would be mid table.
Ivan Gorridge - Winger, Inner and Centre forward.
Always up beat a true team player and motivator. Great ball control and best at picking up the ball at full flight.
Adrian McKeon - Centre forward and half (Club Captain 5 &6TH Grades; good job Ado!)
Ado.Tireless worker, on and off the field. Probably the fittest bloke on the field. Best trapper of the ball I have seen in the lower grades. True Clubman and example for us all.
Help from 5Ths (3 games or more)
Sam Bagley - half; the power of his hits are truly scary!
John Cullen - Back; the Bionic man. Age shall not wither him .Truly an inspiration
Googa - Back - What can I say? But deep down past his beer gut he is great player, competitor, and a true club legend!
Michael Mosley- Half- Fleet footed back. Got us out a trouble plenty of time.
Tim Sutton - Back. Played like an accountant. Calculating and cautious.
See you at the Preso night!
Regards / Sam Chrysos
Round - Eighteen
Sydney League 5
23 August 2015
Glebe vs UNSW
3pm at Daceyville
Result; Glebe 0 - UNSW 1
Half-time; Glebe 0 - UNSW 0
Glebe; several - no goals
UNSW; several - no goals.
Penalty Strokes; None
Glebe goal scorers: None
Umpiring; Thanks Vernon.
Glebe Fifths suffered a disappointing end to a tough season, at Daceyville, late on a Sunday, in the gloom, in rain, and without even the opportunity to share an end of season refreshment.
The game was characteristic of the Red's season. We lost again, despite the desperate and dogged efforts of all Redmen. We dominated the play but failed to convert any of many scoring opportunities, and then conceded a single goal late in the game, in darkness, as a result of poor positional play.
Round - Seventeen
Sydney League 1
Glebe vs Easts
Result: Glebe 2 Easts 5
The Easts club right through all their grades don't like losing and they will often whinge and whine when things aren't going there way (see 5th grade report below for similar sentiments). Fortunately for them they have strong teams placed in grades slightly below their ability so that they are always in the mix come finals time playing against slightly weaker opposition. All I will say is good luck in 2016 when they get moved up to Sydney Cup if the proposed restructure of the competition takes place. There will be no more clubs cherry-picking what grades they're going to play in. Clubs like this will have to recruit and heaven forbid maybe even contribute to junior development.
Anyway, Glebe had a super first half constantly frustrating the Easts attackers amd countering well primarily through Brian and Jakey in the inners. Jakey got a great goal when on a penalty corner he dragged the first runner then pushed at the keeper got the rebound and knocked the ball in on second attempt. Great to have someone back at the club after a holiday with such a great skill set. Chris, Dom and subby goalie Damo were briliant at the back and kept out the few raids on the goal that came their way.
Unfortunately, in the second half the boys tired and Easts came out quickly and worked easily around our press resulting in a number of chances, of which two were taken to take them to the lead 2-1. All of a sudden there was a bit less whingeing from the blue shirts. Up until about 12 minutes to go the game was in the balance and then in a 10 minute burst Easts scored 3 goals. game over. Angus finished the game with a very professionally taken goal.
Not sure if the final scoreline was a fair reflection on the game but we certainly didn't deserve to win based on our second half performance. Too many mistakes. Too many loose carries from the strikers and generally poor leading and non-existent holding of the ball. Hopefully we can end the season with a win against local rivals Briars next week.
See you at the Merton Hotel afterwards for dinner, drinks and good banter.
Sydney League 5
15 August 2015
Glebe vs Easts
5pm at Bankstown
Result; Glebe 0 - Easts 1
Half-time; Glebe 0 - Easts 1
Glebe; several - no goals
Easts; several - no goals.
Penalty Strokes; None
Glebe goal scorers: None
It was left to Fifth Grade to salvage something for the Redmen at Bankstown on Saturday evening. We were not up to the task, but the effort was intense and the contest was tight.
The Easts team of whinging people with English accents and active elbows (wpwEaaae) are leading the SL5 competition. The Redmen cannot figure in the finals program.
In round 1 Glebe Fiifths held the WpwEaaae to a nil-nil score line in the first half, before being over-run in the second stanza. Since that encounter the Reds have lost a long series of close games, while wpwEaaae have consolidated a place in the semi-finals.
Glebe Fifths were strengthened by the presence of George in goals, and youngsters Ryan and Jackson in the forward line. Mick in his second last game for the Reds for a while, took his customary position at left half. Googa, despite the complaints of his body, was ready to go at the back.
WpwEaaae were aggressive, physical and all elbows, hips, pushes in the back, and incessant appeals to the umpires. It was puzzling that their vocalisations had effect. The umpires seemed to miss the initial infringements, while penalising subsequent indiscretions. None of the 50:50 calls went the way of the Redmen.
The contest was even. The first half goal by WpwEaaae was messy, resulting from slack marking leading to an unmarked WpwEaaae attacker in right inner channel in space, leading to a couple of missed tackles, and a goal-mouth scramble. The Reds were not disheartened, but were unable claw back to equality in the closely contested second half.
This game was typical of Glebe Fifth's season. We have competed well, but have not been able to gain success in the close contests.
We have one game to go to complete a tough season. A winning finish will be welcome.
The closeness of this contet reemphasises that the Redmen have not been far of the pace, but the reality of the season is that we have not performed to our potential.
Players Player voting has been abandoned. The writer considers that George (several great saves, and important direction from the back), Goog ( at strong perforce despite pain from a complaining body) and Ryan (who as a young striker withstood considerable physical pressure with composure), were the stand-outs.
Round - Sixteen
Sydney League 5
9 August 2015
Glebe vs Briars
3pm at Cintra
Result; Glebe 2- Briars 5
Half-time; Glebe 1 - Briars 2
Glebe; two - no goals
Briars; two - no goals.
Penalty Strokes; None
Glebe goal scorers: Ryan 1, Eoughan 1.
Playing conditions on a Cintra Sunday afternoon were ideal. Glebe Fifths had a full team with a couple on the bench. Several Redmen were doubling up from Saturday's Sixth Grade game, and were carrying injuries and discomforts from that prior exertion. Opponents Briars were in contention for the finals series. We were not.
The final score flattered our opposition. The Reds were competitive throughout. We were unable to convert numerous incursions into the Briars circle, whereas Briara had four circle penetrations for four goals, some from unlikely situations, which would usually have been defused by standard position plays.
At half time, one goal down, after yet another neat Ryan field goal, the Reds were very much still in the game.
Some of us thought that, although conceding three goals (same situation as above), and scoring just one, the Redmen had the better of the second half, this despite loss of Jamie (our most potent attacker) to a calf injury.
The game ended early in a reprise to Saturday's Sixth Grade contest, when another knee injury to a key player (this time Keeper TK), required an early abandonment of the contest.
The result was disappointing. Our view is that Briars, on this performance, will struggle against the teams heading them on the table, and that the Redmen have under-performed week on week.
Two games to go. To maintain self-respect the Fighting Fifths need to secure at least one more win this season. Next week's contest against Easts will be a difficult game.
Round - Fifteen
Sydney League 5
1 August 2015
Glebe vs Moorebank/Liverpool
12.30pm at Cintra
Result; Glebe 6 - M/L 0
Half-time; Glebe 2 - M/L 0
M/L; one - no goals.
Penalty Strokes; None
Glebe goal scorers: Ollie 2, PK 2, Jamie 1, Ado 1
Umpires: The team thanks GDHC first grade Captain, and club secretary, Mark Paterson for taking on Umpiring duties, and for fulfilling those responsibilities with all the competence that was expected.
It was a warm windy August afternoon at
Cintra. The Reds had a full team and bench, as they
took the field against a Moorebank team that was also experiencing
a challenging season. M/L had nine players when play
couple arrived during the early minutes of the first half. The M/L team included several experienced and skilful players, but not crazy Krakatoa Tony from the first round, the forward who was single-handedly responsible for the Reds' success in that game. We understand that Krakatoa usually turns out for M/L thirds, information that makes the round one win even more satisfying.
The Redmen controlled the balance of play throughout the first half. Two well-constructed, and well deserved Glebe goals were scored. The first was a great individual effort by Jamie. Later in the half Ollie was in perfect position to finish off a good team goal.
Although the Reds added another four goals after the break, M/L posed greater threats to the Glebe goal in the second half. Numerous penetrations of the Reds' were defused. Terry made a couple of good saves. The defence responded well to the increased pressure. The only M/L short corner was well defended.
Glebe's second half goals were also from the field. Ollie finished off some excellent team play, in which right wing cameo Googa made the final pass. Ado cracked one home from the top of the circle. PK did well to finish off a crisp passing sequence that started from the back, for his first conversion. His second goal was enveloped in some controversy, when he put a final unnecessary touch on a ball that Eoughan had directed into an open goal mouth. There was not even a tokenistic Bronwyn Bishop-like apology for the blatant cherry-picking. Googa was grumbling.
While the result was a fair reflection of the balance of play, the margin was probably a little flattering for to the Reds. Ollie and Jamie had very solid games in the forward line. No Player's Player voting was held. There are three games to go. We need to keep it together.
Round - Fourteen
Sydney League 5
25 July 2015
Glebe vs StG/R
5.00pm at Cintra
Result; Glebe 0 - StG/R 4
Half-time; Glebe 0 - StG/R 4
Glebe; several - no goals.
Ryde; a couple more - no goals.
Penalty Strokes; None
Glebe goal scorers: None
Another act in the saga of disappointment and pain that is Glebe Fifth's 2015 season played out in perfect conditions at Cintra on Saturday evening. We have become desensitised to the discrepancies between the team list published by the selectors, and the players that actually take the field. This game was no exception, but thankfully a team full of players turned up. There were even a couple on the bench.
However the Reds were soon facing annihilation
after conceding three early goals ( three StG/R circle incursions,
resulting from casual marking, resulted in three
goals). Our play then tightened. We were
competitive, without reward. It was
disappointing that another goal (and a most improbable one at that) was conceded before the break.
In the second half Redmen more than matched those in that unattractive green, and black, and red, and white, uniform. But we were not able to narrow the margin.
The result was a disappointing way to mark Centre Half Tim's 400th official game for Glebe. Tim thinks he has played at least another fifty, but he has not been as driven as some to ensure that every game in which he has participated has been recorded.
There was no time for contemplation or celebration after full-time was called. Only five fresh players fronted for the Sixth Grade game. Most of those who played for Glebe Fifths, including Tim, doubled-up for Sixths.
The story for the Savage Sixths was more cheerful. With a good all-round performance the team achieved its second win of the season, against mid-table Monteray. This which should lift the team from the wooden spoon position.
The evening, with its mixed results ended on a sour note. The stand-in Briars club-house manger, shut up shop before the end of the Sixth Grade game. No facilities, no refreshments; poor form.
Fifth Grade has abandoned Players Player voting. Manager Ado will be making those decisions.
Four games to go. We need work with tenacity to hold things together as our season winds down.
Round - 14
Sydney League 6
24th July 2015
Glebe vs Monterey
6.30 pm, at Cintra
Result; Glebe 2 - Monterey 1
Glebe Scorers: Peter Dodsley and Ryan Howe
Man of the Match- the whole team ! Captains call.
Team on field: Terry Kelly, (GK) Richard McKeogh, (Back)John Cullen,(Back & Winger)
Matt Campbell,(Half), Peter Dodsley ,(Centre half) Peter Kelly (Half) , Kyle Eardley,(Inner)
Sam Chrysos © (Wing), Brendan Vitnel(inner ) , Ryan Howe (CF) ,Dean Slade(Inner) ,
Mattias Avellenal ( wing) ,Adrian McKeown(Centre half) ,Tim Sutton. .(Back )
It had to happen sooner or later. The 6rs had a few close games over the season that did not go their way and where threatening for a win.
This game had an extra incentive: Revenge for Sam who copped 6 stitches on the head from a Monterey player , who lifted ball in the circle, from the last time they met.
The team huddled and yelled the war cry that was GLEBE!!!
We where itching to counter some of the deficit of last week that has put us in outright last place.
We started well and where on the attack right away. Monterey where surprised by our confidence (some would call it desperation!) and by the deft passes in the mid field and our refusal to give up a possession lightly.
The games were even although we had a slight edge and appeared hungrier for the ball.
"Revenge for Sam ! " was the catch cry before the game started and did it motivate us ! Some great play down the side of the field hastened the ball into the D where Ryan slotted it into the back board with the ferocity expected from a red head.
The game continued. Monterey's tall centre half threatened to break through and was trying to crack a few sheens with his ferocious hits , but the 6rs rallied with great traps and courage and would not allow their wall to be broken easily.
Glebe had a period where they dominated play and led to the inevitable goal. Pete Dod's hit the ball with Hulk like power from the top of the circle and flew into the middle of the net . The goalkeeper had no idea where the ball was ,but reacted to Glebes roar and turned around to see the ball rolling down the net .
2-0 and half time soon after.
The 6rs had 2 goal lead twice this season and lost one and drew
the other so no complacency could be had. The team was
positive during the break and morale high.
The games swayed into Monterey's favour from time to time with their young guns out running us and their crafty Pakistani import running circles around our fullbacks. A good period of play led them to score through a scorcher and although Terry came close it just beat his right foot and thundered into the back board.
2-1 and Monterey's tails was up..
Glebe kept the composure and continued to pass, mark and defend well. Always putting pleasure on the opposition be it when they were on the 16 yard line or the side line. All their free hits where met with resistance.
The play of the day came from Dods where he ran from our 20 meter line to their D, beating 6 players and was only stopped deep in their circle by a desperate an suspect tackle. This rattled Monterey.
The siren went and Glebe 6Th Grade had their 2nd well earned win of the season.
A great recovery from last week's drubbing. The win going a long way to avoiding relegation.
Premier League 21st July 2015
Glebe vs Moorebank Liverpool
Result: Glebe 2 - Moorebank Liverpool 3
Glebe Men's Premier League side came up against current premiers
Moorebank-Liverpool on a cold and blustery Saturday night.
Moorebank have been the benchmark of the Sydney Premier League
competition setting a high standard for a couple of years now
however recent match-ups between the two sides have indicated the
gap is closing between the sides. Moorebank came into the
match missing three players due to the Australian U/21
championships being held, however they
welcomed back the return of Australian Representatives Flynn Ogilvie and Tristan White.
The game started at a quick pace with Moorebank looking to assert dominance over the red-men. This was reflected in the statistics with the majority of possession being held by Moorebank and Glebe defending resolutely. Both sides where determined not to give an inch, and the first half was fought in a tough manner, as shown by reckless swing of the stick into the head of Glebe skipper Mark Paterson. Moorebank scored first, only to have the goal equalised by a sliding Andrew Cheong back-stick tomahawk. This was set up by a brilliant 50m through ball by Alasdair Brown which dissected two lines of the Moorebank defence to pick up Cheonga on the run. Moorebank struck back late in the half to give themselves a 2-1 lead heading into the half time break.
Glebe came out firing in the second half and created some good
opportunities. Five minutes into the half Ian Paterson found
himself on the end of a poor tackle leading to a Moorebank player
being shown a red card, the card was issued for the player coming
in and pushing Ian into the ground after the tackle had been
made. Unfortunately for the red-men this seemed to lift the
Moorebank players and they continued to hold the ball and pressure
the Glebe defence, BJ had his work cut out for him and he made some
crucial saves to keep Glebe in the contest at 3-1. Glebe
scored with 15 minutes to go
with Alasdair Brown again providing a great ball into the circle which was deflected past the goalkeeper by Josh La Spina. Moorebank held the ball well in the last 10 minutes and looked to limit Glebe's chances to score the equaliser; Mitch Tudor came close to scoring from a penalty corner drag flick - Glebe's only of the game. The match ended 3-2, with BJ deservedly voted man of the match.
A narrow loss for Glebe however the team can be proud of their efforts against a quality opposition. Glebe remains in the top 6 with two crucial games in this weekend's double header against UNSW and competition leaders Norwest Strikers.
SL1 (3rd Grade)
Glebe vs Gordon-North Sydney
11 June 2015 @ Cintra
Glebe needed to win this game against a lower ranked GNS to cement 5th spot on the table and went about it initially like amateurs with a low level of enthusiasm and high level of apathy from many of the players. Glebe got the kick up the arse it deserved when GNS scored a soft opening goal. The Glebe forwards were just not doing enough hard work off the ball to win possession or to progress the ball upfield. A very frustrating first half of hockey.
After a half-time spray from the skipper, the boys came out suitably motivated and totally dominated the second half however, missed a number of prime goal scoring opportunities from close range. Eventually, Alex Melville took a trademark tomahawk shot from next to no angle from the left side which cannoned into the GNS goalie and somehow ended up into the back of the net. Alex has scored goals from similar positions on other occasions this season.
Best-on-field Brian Downton sealed the match for Glebe with a goal that resulted from a broken down penalty corner. Simon Bracht and Dom Kavanagh both also toiled hard in strong individual performances. We can play better than this.
SL1 (3rd Grade)
Glebe vs UNSW
18 June 2015 @ Cintra
The pre-game team talk spoke about giving a good account for ourselves against the top of the table side, UNSW, who are in reality a very competent Sydney Cup team. In our first round encounter we got rattled by UNSW's early press and the pace and quick passing game of their strikers. We were determined to give as good as we got and we succeeded in this respect playing a physical and in-your-face style of hockey which frustrated UNSW from the starting whistle.
During the course of the first half UNSW had a few good chances, most stopped by our goalie, David Reid. Two goals were however scored by UNSW during this time due to turn-overs and defensive lapses.
The second half started well when Glebe won a penalty corner and two UNSW players were sent to half-way for breaking. The arising 7 on 3 scenario resulted in a nice goal pushed in by Tim Baron. Tim and Angus Baird had strong second halves in their inside forward positions and probably won their respective battles against their opposite players. Glebe were frustrating UNSW no end with dogged and physical defence and looked to get a well-deserved equalizer until UNSW kicked into a higher gear and scored two late impressive tomahawk goals. This was a much improved performance by Glebe, missing two of its best players, Dom and Brian, against opposition who would not be out of place in Sydney Cup. David Reid was a deserved man-of-the-match, closely followed by Angus and then both fullbacks.
Round - Thirteen
Sydney League 5
18 June 2015
Glebe vs Ryde
2:00pm, at Cintra
Result; Glebe 0 - Ryde 4
Half-time; Glebe 0 - Ryde 2
Glebe; several - no goals.
Ryde; a couple more - one second half goal.
Penalty Strokes; None
Glebe goal scorers: None
It was a cold, windy afternoon and rain was threatening. The Redmen had a full team and bench, with only a couple of players doubling up from the earlier Sixth Grade game. Ryde are one of the better teams in the SL5 competition, and are finishing strongly after a slow start to their season.
The Reds were clearly outclassed despite playing
some good hockey, and the non-stop efforts of all players.
The four goal margin seemed a little greater than it ought have
been. The Reds were denied a first half goal that would have
levelled the score. Defensive errors forced by sustained
pressure from the Ryde attackers contributed to other of the goals
conceded. The Glebe forwards were not able to convert any their frequent circle penetrations.
The Fifths seem to have no hope of figuring in this season's finals series. The task is to be competitive in every of the remaining games.
Round - Twelve
Sydney League 5
12 June 2015
Glebe vs Mac Uni
3:00pm, at Cintra
Result; Glebe 0 - MacU 1
Half-time; Glebe 0 - MacU 0
Penalty Corners; Glebe; several - no goals.
MacU; about as many - one goal with 2 minutes to play
Penalty Strokes; None
Glebe goal scorers: None
It was a very cold, windy, but fine, Sunday afternoon at Cintra. About half of the Redmen who took the field for Fifths had played with Glebe sixths in the preceding game, having been summoned by frantic phone calls when it became clear that only eight players had mustered for the Reds. Sixths again played very well, with just eight players on the field for the first ten minutes, before conceding a single goal from a short corner in the last minutes of play. This gallant team has suffered yet another narrow loss.
Unfortunately the Sixth grade result would be predictive of the outcome of the subsequent game. The Fifth's game was evenly contested, and a draw would have been a fair result. Both teams missed chances to score. Both keepers and defences were worked hard. There were a only couple of penalty corners awarded to each team in each half.
With just two minutes to play, MacU were awarded another penalty corner. The shot was headed well wide, when it was somehow deflected backhandedly and accidentally into the goal mouth. The ball bobbled up, then hit the ground with vicious sidespin, evaded Keeper Jacob and left postie Tim, before dribbling across the line. From the restart the Reds forced the ball into the MacU circle, and we thought onto a defending foot on the line, in the last line of defence. Appeals for a stroke were denied. Another late narrow loss is the result.
This is the story of the season for both Sixths and Fifths. It might not be unreasonable to speculate whether results might have been different if the teams were able to field a full complements of fresh players.
Once again it was decided to forgo players players voting. Points are to be shared equally amongst all players. I comment that Ollie played well, and Jacob made some vital saves.
Premier League 27th June 2015
Glebe vs Sydney Uni
Result: Glebe 2 - Sydney Uni 1
The Glebe Mens 1st grade side came into the match against long-time rivals Sydney Uni on the back of some good form including an 11-0 drubbing of Briars in the Wark-Trevenar Cup Final and a heart breaking 5-4 loss to reigning premiers Moorebank in their previous two matches.
Sydney Uni entered this match situated higher on the table and
having beaten the Glebe men in the previous encounter this season
in a spiteful clash, the reds were looking to even up the
ledger. Prior to the game coach Peter Busch
highlighted the importance of winning this match to stay in touch with the top 4 teams and keep the possibility of a finals berth alive.
The first half saw Glebe dominate from the outset through strong
defence and quick movement through the midfield and inside
forwards. Many goal scoring opportunities were created
however the execution of the last pass or option in the circle was
lacking and Glebe failed to convert any of these
chances. Adding to the frustration, Michael Wark coming off a
6 goal haul against Briars left the game midway into the first half
with a hamstring injury. Fortunately for Glebe the defence
was strong and quick to shut down any chances created by Sydney Uni
meaning BJ had a limited workload during the first
half. The half time score was 0-0.
The second half started with a bang for the Reds with Mitch Tudor scoring early in the half, great ball movement provided Mitch with an opportunity to enter the circle and strike the ball into the far sideboard of the goal. Unfortunately Glebe couldn't seize the momentum and add to the scoreboard until well into the half when Daniel Cleary beat several defenders only to have his shot saved by the sliding goalkeeper; Josh La Spina was quick to knock the rebound into the goal doubling the lead 2-0. Glebe then squandered several opportunities to add to the lead, the polish and execution in the attacking circle demonstrated in the game against Briars was lacking in this game and Sydney Uni were looking to capitalise.
Sydney Uni found themselves back in the game after converting a short corner variation with less than 10 minutes to go. Glebe controlled the remainder of the game well, having learnt a harsh lesson in the game against Moorebank in which they conceded 3 goals in the final 10 minutes. The full time score remained 2-1 in Glebe's favour. Man of the match was awarded to Ian Paterson for a dominating 70 minute performance at inside forward.
Whilst not the best performance of the season it was pleasing to come away with the win and to show that we are improving and learning from previous games. Glebe enters the bye on equal points for 5th place and a must win match against Gordon awaiting them.
SL1 (3rd Grade) 27 June
Glebe vs Sydney University
Result: Glebe won 3-2
Glebe came into this team on the back of 2 straight losses to top 4 teams and looking to revenge their first round loss to Uni in which we had allowed them to score an unassailable 3 goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. Unfortunately as per the previous encounter, Uni started strongly and put the Glebe pressure under enormous pressure. They scored a goal from a well worked passage of passes which began when the ball was turned over by the skipper at the other end of the field. The old slice pass was read to perfection by the opposition which then led to the ball finding the extra men as our defence struggled to back track to disrupt the attack. A few minutes later Uni scored a soft goal from a direct push shot from the top of the circle which was intended for a deflection. It looked like it was going to be a rout with David Reid and the defence having to make a number of crucial saves to keep the half-time score down to 2-0.
To their credit, the Glebe forwards who had been somewhat underwhelming in their impact on the first half proceedings decided to come to the party almost immediately on the recommencement of the second stanza. Ambrose received a pass, spun and turned sweetly and then smacked a ferocious 40 metre pass from the left side of the field to the right post which was deflected into the roof of the net by a flying Brachty. This was a super goal, but in reality such a simple one, and of a type which we should be scoring with more regularity.
Just one minute later Brachty pressed a Uni defender who coughed up possession and Brachty tried his luck by having a push shot from the left side of the backline which somehow got past the keeper on his far post. Super goal, great angled shot, no margin for error. 2-2. Game on.
The game became a bit of an end-to-end dog-fight with chances going begging to both sides. Glebe eventually took a remarkable lead after some great play on the right side by debutant Jackson Howe resulted in young gun Angus Baird scoring a good goal from short range after the ball had been worked around the goalie. Glebe then somehow survived some one-sided umpiring leading to about 5 consecutive penalty corners to take out a surprise come from behind win 3-2 with Brachty deservedly taking out man-of-the-match honours for his inspired one minute of magic which changed the course of the game.
It's now a great opportunity for all the boys with injuries (i.e. half the team) to take next week's school holidays weekend to recover and get ready for our return match with GNS.
SL1 (3rd Grade) 20 June
Glebe vs Ryde
Result: Ryde 3-0
After we knocked off Ryde in a make-up game about a month ago to destroy their undefeated streak, Glebe knew that Ryde would be looking for revenge in a Saturday night clash at Cintra at 8pm. Unfortunately, we did not have the punch up forward on this occasion that we were fortunate enough to have with both Cheonga and Brian being available in the team on that time for that famous win. Ryde were just a little bit too good, too hard, too professional for us this time around. We still gave a good fight, but just made too many errors at the end of the day which were ruthlessly punished by the Ryde strikers. Fair play to them. Young fella Olly Brownbill made his debut in this game and showed that he has a bit of talent. Good on you buddy. Keep up the training.
SL1 (3rd Grade) 13 June
Glebe vs UNSW
Result: UNSW 5-0
Glebe played UNSW's 2nd grade team which clearly after the game had panned out were at a standard to compete well in the Sydney Cup competition so it was a mismatch from the start. Glebe chased shadows for much of this game and were forced to fall away in defence for almost all of the game. This game was not much fun to play in to be honest, we were hard pressed from start to finish and furthermore I got smacked in the back of the head after an accidental deflection from a fellow player who was charging down a ferocious drag flick on a penalty corner (honestly, who can drag flick in 3rd grade???).
Anyway, I hope UNSW get promoted to Sydney Cup next season so that they can get the pumping that they deserve from our Glebe 2nd grade side. The way they carried on after scoring each of their goals was pretty childish. That being said, if they can put this team on the pitch every week they should go close to taking out the comp. While our boys did their best they weren't good enough on the day.
Round - Eleven
Sydney League 5
27 June 2015
Glebe vs GNS: 8.00pm, at Cintra
Result: Glebe 4 - GNS 0
Half-time; Glebe 2- GNS 0
Glebe; quite a few - no goals.
GNS ; nil
Penalty Strokes; None
Glebe goal scorers:
Googa(his first in recent memory), Ryan again (though he unluckily missed half a dozen more), PK and Mattias.
For the late game at Cintra were conditions were cool, fine and ideal for hockey. The Reds had reserves, and were reinforced by Sam and James from Fourth Grade. Our opponents had just seven players. Other GNS players had decided to watch the Waratahs lose the super rugby semifinal, rather than turnout for their team.
This was Fifth Grades worst performance as the season. We struggled in circumstances in which we should not have been troubled. Innumerable scoring opportunities were squandered through a combination of poor judgement, selfish choices and defective skills.
Glebe fifths started well and had posted two
early goals after a few minutes of play. The remainder of the
first half was played within the GNS twenty-five, but without
addition to the score. That second half mirrored the
first. Predictable dominance of possession and territory was
not converted into goals. The long game was chosen over the
Shots on goal were taken from impossible angles. The obvious options were ignored. Two second half goals made the result secure, but were a disappointing return. The game meandered on. Close to time a full-back's mistrap (mine) presented GNS with its only scoring opportunity of the game. Jacob was up to the task, and maintained the nil score line.
We can do better. We must do better. But we will take the points for the win
No Player's Player voting was undertaken. No
Glebe player's performance deserved recognition. Indeed the
best four or
five players on the pitch were from GNS. By administrative fiat, points have been distributed equally amongst all Glebe player. Perhaps the week off will focus the minds of the Redmen.
Round - Ten
Sydney League 5
21 June 2015, Glebe vs Bentstix: 3.00pm, at Cintra
Result; Glebe 2 - Benstix 3
Half-time; Glebe 0 - Bentstix 1
Glebe; a few - no goals.
Bentstix; about as many - no goals.
Penalty Strokes; Bentstix 1- saved by Keeper Jacob.
Umpiring; No issues.
The rain stopped, the wind eased and the clouds lifted. The Sunday game meant the Reds again took the field Googaless. The game started in ideal playing conditions and at a high pace. Our opponents were fit, fast and well drilled. A couple possess very good skills. Bentstix has been working up the SL5 points table, and was sitting in third place.
As the play progressed the Redmen withstood attack after attack by despair are effort, conceding a single goal when an attacker was allowed some space within the circle. Bentstix were in control, but failed to convert that superiority into goals. As the half progressed, defensive pressure resulted in Benstix losing structure. The Reds finished the half on top in the balance of play. and could have attained parity on the scoreboard, had Ivan managed to get a touch on a through ball from the Glebe midfield.
We were set back on our heels early in the second half, conceding a second goal. Somehow, (lax marking again), a swarm of attackers pushed down the right inner channel, into the circle, in possession. Glebe 0 : Benstix 2.
From that point till the final siren the Redmen
held the better of the play. Two Ryan (the lurking striker)
deflections evened the score. Glebe 2 : Benstix 2. An
Exocet missile of a shot from (I think) Ivan, almost pierced the
gap between the
keepers inner arm and ribcage yielded no result. Penalty corners were forced by the Reds, but were unconverted.
Four minutes from time (after Tim left the field with a calf strain, in the leg which has the suspect hammy), Benstix forced the final goal of the game. Redman fatigue was a factor in the missed tackles and loose marking.
Once again the Fifths were close to the money, but a close loss is a loss is another loss.
Players player voting rewarded the forwards. Ryan - double goal scorer, and Kevin - hard working right inner, were jointly awarded the points. Some of the mild mannered defenders, who were absolutely spent after working without respite throughout the game, were noticed to be mumbling and grumbling about oxygen thieves.
Glebe VS Bentstix
It was a gloomy afternoon, the sky was dark and there was tension in the air.
We had only 11 fighters with some of our best warriors absent.
The spirit was there as it always is with the Glebe 6rs and we were poised to do battle with a numerical superior foe with better weaponry who had won 4 more battles than us.
The Glebe white and crimson colours flew proudly as we charged unrelentesely at the enemy line ready to fight to the death on our home soil.
The Spartan 300 had nothing on the brave Glebe 11 as we took
blow after blow and defended our ground and the
narrow passage which was our goal. Our spirit would not be broken as we took casualty after casualty but we would not surrender. Just as our foe thought we would capitulate we would retaliate and threaten to strike a deadly blow.
As they mounted reinforcement after reinforcement the Glebe 11 stood strong.
The Mighty Jacob with his special armour held the rear whilst Sean Sorehead and Dean the Youngone where the Shield bearers deflecting the attack. Prince Matthias and Lord Kevin promoted the edge of the phalanx. John the Elder bravely held the centre and dispersed balls of fury toward the enemy whilst Sam the Angry and Ado the Brave defended mercilessly against the enemies relentless phalanx wings
The valor of the men in the front line would reap a benefit near the end of the great battle.
Hamil the Horrible repeatedly repelled the attack and Peter of the Kelly tribe spearheaded the centre when Egg of the Nog had the final say of this polemic event that illustrated to the onlookers that we would never surrender up by unleashing a cataclysmic lightning bolt of a ball that shuddered the rear defense of the enemy.
The shot that was heard around the ... Cintra Park!
The Enemy: Six Kills
The Glebe 11: One Kill.
The battle was lost but the war goes on!
Round - Nine
Sydney League 5, 13 June 2015, Glebe vs Ryde 3.30pm at Ryde
Result: Glebe 0 - Ryde 3.
Half-time; Glebe 0 - Ryde 2.
Glebe; a few - no goals.
Ryde; a few more, all in the last few minutes - no goals.
Penalty Strokes; Nil.
Umpiring; No issues. Thanks Richard for taking on the responsibility.
It was a tough afternoon for the Redmen.
Sixth Grade had finished with a 1-3 loss, in a hard fought and tight game, against a team that is undefeated in the SL6 competition. Glebe Sixths are playing some very good hockey and must be the most improved team in its division.
Only five fresh players appeared for the Fifth Grade contest, requiring most of the Sixths to double-up. This is the story of the season. Googa returned, not fully recovered from his recent respiratory illness, but as vocal as ever. Tim's hammy was still symptomatic, and relative youngster Eoughan was still inconvenienced by the hamstring strain that forced him into the goalie gear last match.
While the Reds competed strongly and (despite accumulating fatigue) ran hard though out, Ryde had our measure for most of the game. They seemed to be able to produce a free man in attack, almost at will. Their first goal came from an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net, after a muffed clearance by one of the Glebe backs (not me). Their second followed an untidy goal mouth scramble. The third was from a deflection by one of their younger players, who slipped under the guard of his Glebe marker.
The game was played in a good spirit. The
result was a fair reflection of the difference between the
teams. We were
clearly off the pace, but not by that much.
Fifth's season is in the balance. We are probably at least one win short of being considered a chance to challenge for a final's position, and we need to string together a few wins very soon. Getting a team onto the pitch each week remains a challenge.
The formal system for player's player voting failed. Administrative supremo, Ado, will need to make the call, or decide to abandon points allocation for this game.
Glebe vs Ryde
3rd Grade (SL1)
Result: Glebe 2-0
The Wednesday night before the long weekend Glebe 3rd grade played a make-up game (because of a previous wash-out) against Ryde at Ryde. Ryde were top of the table and undefeated to date having not dropped a point in any of their games. Indeed they are a very formidable team with a couple of former first graders and an all-round solid team that is aggressive and does the basics very well. However, we were able to field a close to full strength team for a change and we started the game with an excellent and determined attitude to compete in this game. As it turned out we did more than compete. While we had little luck with umpiring decisions in the 50/50 contest, it didn't matter as we won a lot of the 50/50 contests. Ryde tried to mark hard our inside forwards, Brian and Cheonga, and they in turn used their former 1st grade experience to turn their opposites inside out and start some solid attacks at the Ryde goal. The Glebe defence held firm in the first half after a couple of close calls and the game was locked 0-0 at the break.
Early on in the second half a Ryde player committed a
professional foul in the circle by deliberately sticking out his
leg to foot a ball where he had been wrong footed by a Glebe
attacking dribble on a penalty corner which broke down. The nearest
umpire blew another short corner and Glebe got into a huddle to
decide on the next penalty corner combination as we realised there
was no point debating the decision. The other umpire intervened and
rightfully indicated for a penalty
stroke. Cheeky young gun Alex Melville then indicated to the goalie that he was going to go top left before slotting the ball low in the right corner. This boy is nerveless.
The game became very tense from here with Ryde disputing just
about every single decision which went against them. Obviously they
were not used to being on the back foot and it would appear that on
this occasion they took their opposition
a little lightly. Brian then sealed the game by incredibly dribbling past three players on the left side of the field before angling in at goal and slicing a shot past the outstretched goalkeeper into the bottom right corner. Goal of the season! Well done Bri.
In truth we had some other golden opportunities to increase the score-line well before this but we agonisingly let these slip. However, it was all good as David, Chris, Dom, Tom, Jamie and the Skipper held the defence firm and for the second week in a row kept a clean sheet.
This was easily the best 3rd grade performance I've been associated with since the Premiership win in 2011 so I am very, very proud of the boys. There's a couple of guys to come back to the team so fingers crossed we continue on with this small momentum we've gathered in the past couple of games.
MVP: Brian Downton
3rd grade (SL1) 30/05/15
Glebe vs Briars
Result: Glebe 3-0
Languishing at second last on the table the Glebe boys needed a
result this game against bottom placed Briars like you wouldn't
believe. However, as shown time and time again in past experiences
you can never take a Briars side lightly because they're tough and
they're rough and they're disciplined and they never ever give
goals cheaply. We were fortunate
on this occasion that we were the better team and for the most part we played like it.
For the first time in the season we were able to field a full strength forward line-up, in particular nice to have Brian, Cheonga and Tim back to provide a bit of leadership in the middle and up front. Young Sam survived his double team experience from the previous week against Easts and played with way more space at CH and was a constant threat moving forward. The strikers created a few chances and as per usual young gun, Alex Melville stood up to put his name on the scoreboard.
The first a well worked team goal where Alex slotted a nice goal with a firm push shot into the right corner from his customary left side position. The second was a duffed tomahawk shot at goal which hilariously chipped, dipped and caught the end of the outstretched goalie's glove and went into the back of the goal. If our goalie had let a similar goal in I would have been tempted to give him a slap (although I know he never would!). The third goal also came from a last pass by Alex which Ambrose propped and turned and swivelled before pushing into the goal for his first of the season.
The backs and halves played well ably supported by keeper Dave Reid earning our first and most well deserved clean sheet of the season. There were still a couple of close calls though!
While there are no games on this coming long weekend, 3rd grade will be playing their make-up game against Ryde on Wednesday at Ryde. Come support if you're in the area!
Round - ANZAC Day postponed match - replay
Sydney League 5
31 May 2015
Glebe vs Moorebank-Liverpool, 1.30pm, at Moorebank.
Result; Glebe1 - M/L nil.
Half-time; Glebe nil - M/L nil.
Glebe goal scorer; Peter Kelly from a
goal-mouth scramble, which also involved usual Keeper and in this
acting high striker, Jacob, and probably a few others (it was hard to see from the back).
Penalty Corners; Glebe; a few - no goals. M/L; several more - no goals.
Penalty Strokes; Nil.
Umpiring; No issues. We are grateful to the two inexperienced umpires (our own BJ, and an M/L supporter), who volunteered willingly for the difficult role, and who were calm and even-handed in the face of some provocation.
This was the catch-up game for the contest that was washed out by the Anzac Day deluge. Players from both teams were backing up after playing the evening before. Some of the Redmen were lining up for their third game within eighteen hours. The team welcomed back Magnificent Mick who was returning after injury. Eoghan, who had strained a hamstring on Saturday evening, donned the keepers gear, and was working to channel his brother's goal-keeping Karma. An excited Jacob was anticipating a run in the forward line. Brendon and Ollie provided the young legs.
M/L began the game a player short. However their reinforcements arrived early in the first half, and they ended up with a couple on the bench. The M/L includes a core of experienced players, who have great hockey sense, skills and perspective, some younger fellows who looked in need of a bit more fitness training, and a couple of notorious hot-heads of notoriety.
The nil-nil score line at half time was a fair reflection of the balance of play. The Reds defended stoutly, marked closely, and were dangerous in attack down the right side of the field, through Richie, Ado and Hamil. Ollie, terrier-like worried the senior M/L full-back, who was twice the height and four times the bulk of the young Glebe striker. The M/L centre forward drew attention to himself with his antics and verbalisations. The Glebe full-backs gave him no space or opportunity. It was satisfying to witness him losing it by degrees, and the cards he accumulated.
The Reds took the lead early in the second half, with an untidy goal, claimed by PK. From that point it was all Redmen to the defence. M/L could not be dislodged from our half. Balls cleared came straight back. Numerous penalty corners were defused. The Glebe line held and a very satisfying win was achieved, due to the doggedness and control of the Glebe back six, with back-tackling by Inners Brendon and Ado, assisted the evolving eruption and self-destruction of Vesuvius Tony, who ended the game in the M/L dugout with yet another card.
Round two might be interesting.
A hard-fought and unlikely win is always satisfying. The result was the occasion for a few beers and rousing chorus of the Glebe song (in this Grade usually only sung after a rare Grand Final success).
Player's player voting was guided by Ado, Team
Manager extraordinaire, who awarded the title to PK the goal
scorer. Some might have been excused for thinking that the
collective defence, (halfbacks Richie, Pete and Mick, Sean and
other full-back, and Novice Keeper Eoughan, who made some competent and vital saves), deserved that recognition for a solid, sustained and controlled performance.
1; This was Fifth Grade's second win on a Googaless weekend. Get well soon Goog.
2; Campo has invited all Fifth and Sixth Graders, who are able to walk after the weekend's exertions, to training at Cintra, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, on Tuesday nights. See you there - maybe?..
Sydney League 5
30 May 2015
Glebe vs UNSW, 8pm at Cintra
Result; Glebe 1- UNSW 0
Half-time; Glebe 1 - UNSW 0.
Glebe goal scorer; Ryan
Penalty Corners; Glebe; about 15 - no goals. UNSW; nil
Penalty Strokes; Nil.
Umpiring; No issues.
It was a cool, cloudy autumn evening, and conditions at Cintra were ideal for hockey. It continues to be an uncertain and complex logistical exercise to get a Glebe Fifth Grade team onto the field. Illness, injury and absences, both announced an unannounced, continue to deplete Fifth Grade's playing strength.
Several of the Redmen running on for the Fifths had
played in the preceding game, in which Glebe Sixths notched up a
first win of the season. This was an exciting and
entertaining contest, from which triumph of the Reds was
deserved. It was unfair that not all of the Sixths could celebrate the occasion, however that is the reality of the game in the lower grades.
For this game Fifths were also boosted by the presence of Grant, Jamie and the three young amigos (Ryan, Oliver and Jackson), who have recently been turning out for Fourths.
Once the game was underway, the Redmen established and maintained superiority in every aspect of play - except the conversion of circle incursions and penalty corners. None of the fifteen or more short corners awarded to the Reds found the net (a conversion rate even worse than Glebe First Grade). Glebe's only goal came late in the first half, when a pretty good pass, from within the defensive 25, by one of the full-backs, found Hamil, who picked up Ollie on the top of the D, who placed the ball on Ryan's stick a metre out. Ryan made no mistake, directing the ball past a sprawling keeper, for the only goal of the game.
The Redmen played well as a team. Every player did what was necessary, (other than when within the attacking circle). Player's player voting favoured Grant, ahead of Ollie and Jackson. The younger men deserve special commendation for the maturity of their performances in the demanding roles of Centre Half (Ollie), high playing Full-Back (Jackson) and lurking high striker (Ryan).
SL6 - 30th May 2015
Savage 6ths score 6
in 2nd half to take
Glebe vs UNSW 5pm @ Cintra
Half time 0-2 down
Full Time 6-4 win
Goal Scorers: Adrian 2, Ivan 2, Hamil 1 and Oli 1
The past couple of weeks have been difficult for many of the teams as there have been numerous players injured or unavailable. Guys have been doubling up and somehow 6ths got a full bench this week. A big thanks goes out to those that players that doubled up. You know who you are and your commitment to our great club is what it is all about.
In the first half the Redman earned 6 penalty corners and probably had 60% of the ball in the attacking half but could not convert. UNSW got a couple of lucky break away and entered the D only 3 times, scoring twice and hitting the post. Sadly Matt tore a quad and limped off. The only thing for him tonight was some amber fluids.
At half time there were some inspirational words by a few, which
installed a belief that we could win the game. We needed to lift
the intensity in the forward line and get goal hungry. The boys
came out firing. Hamil "The Hammer" entered the D and swung his
trusty anvil, jamming the ball against the back board. 1-2. The
boys started to believe. A few minutes later
another goal was scored, sneaking it thru the goalies legs. 2-2 after 7 minutes. The boys were starting to feel it.
All of a sudden we got lazy and UNSW had some very skilled
strikers, who converted 2 goals in a matter of minutes. That's all
it took and we were down 2 and it could have been more thanks to a
couple of saves from Jacob in goal. There was still a sense of
confidence that we could steal victory and we earned another PC.
Ado stepped up and smacked one at the
keeper's pads, which deflected above the back board. The umpire blew it in our favour. Maybe it hit the keepers pads too high, but score card said goal. 3- 4 down still.
The key thing we were doing, which was discussed at half time,
was controlling the ball and making short passes. Our trusty
fullbacks Sean, Richard kept up the act, moving the ball with small
passes out of defence, linking up with Pete D, Dean and Sam. This
allowed us to move the ball wide to Brendan, Mattias and Eoghan on
the wings and even PK at centre forward. UNSW defence under
enormous pressure and rather than taking a wild shots in the D, we
forced penalty corners. Ado, feeling lucky stepped up again, but
this time he passed to the pusher who was in front of goal and one
timed the ball
into the top corner. A goal was awarded. Maybe it wasn't technically there??? but we'll take it. 4-4 and there was a lot of energy on the field from Glebe.
There were some great moves by Oli running down the right. He scored, and Ado scored another. We were in front by 2 goals with 12 minutes to go and we held on to record our first victory for the season.
At the end of the day - win lose or draw, I put comradery ahead of it all and for me it was the best game of hockey I've been a part of. We stuck together, never gave up and believed in ourselves. Player's player goes to all the 15 guys on the pitch for Glebe. Go Redmen!
SL1: (3rd Grade)
Glebe vs Easts
Result: Easts 3 Glebe 2
Easts have always been a professional well-drilled side in the SL1 Division. They finish normally in the top 2 and we have had a lot of good tussles with them in previous seasons. This game was no exception. We started well and put a lot of pressure on our defence. Alex Melville scored a well taken goal and then 10 minutes later in a particularly hard fought section of the game we were disallowed a regulation goal for no known reason. The G;ebe captain then made a shocking defensive error which directly resulted in Easts scoring an equalising goal. In the second half the same player made another bad error resulting in another goal to easts. The momentum swung back towards easts and then Glebe played as a bit of a rabble for much of the rest of the game. Easts later scored a simple penalty corner goal before Alex made the final score a bit more respectable with another very well taken goal from a tight angle with 30 seconds left on the clock.
This was a game we were good enough to win on the day and we didn't. Get to training lads. That means 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade.
Sydney League 5
23 May 2015
Glebe vs Easts, 2pm at Cintra
Result; Glebe 1- Easts 5
Half-time; Glebe 0 - Easts 0.
Glebe goal scorer; Hamil, his first goal for Glebe
Glebe; a couple - 1 goal. Finished off by Hamil after a goal mouth scramble.
Easts; many more - 1 goal. A shot to Jacob's left took a deflection past left-postie Googa.
Penalty Strokes; Nil.
Umpiring; No issues. Both umpires performed with even-handed competence.
On Saturday afternoon conditions were ideal for
hockey. However Glebe Fifths and Sixth found the going
tough. Both teams were undermanned due to as injuries,
junior representative duties, and unannounced no-shows.
Seven of those taking the pitch for the Fifths had played in the
preceding Sixth grade game. The score-line against the
Reds mounted as
fatigue and more injuries took hold through the second half.
The EastEnders is a competent team of English accented players, which is positioned near the top of the SL5 points table. It plays structured, disciplined, relentless hockey.
While Easts had the better of the play during the scoreless first half, the Glebe defence did not feel to be under a lot of pressure, mostly managing to defuse attacks outside the circle, and negating the several penalty corners. Jacob made a couple of spectacular saves to the few shots that the Easts forwards did get away. The Redmen were tired but not pessimistic at the half-time break. There was the sense that some of our opponents were susceptible to physical pressure, a vulnerability revealed by their propensity to complain incessantly and stridently to umpires, about the injustices which had befallen them (and which some less politically correct might describe as whinging).
Alas, our ideas of matching it with the EastEnders after the break were delusional. They forced a penalty corner immediately play resumed (and before our brains were switched back on). This was well converted. An Easts goal from the field followed, when the striker I had been marking got free for the first time - damm! Hamil then put the last touch on a Glebe short. We were back in the game. Easts replied almost immediately, and it got tougher from that point.
A couple of soft Easts goals followed, interspersed with injuries to Tim (hammy), Googa (the back), and Ivan (thigh). Each remained on the field, limited in mobility, and with unknown consequences for the double header next week... The Glebe players had run out of legs by the time of the final siren.
The Reds were well beaten, but the final score line may have flattered our opponents. Another regrouping is required. Fifths and Sixths will continue to struggle unless the complement of willing players can be reinforced.
Player's player polling resulted in a tie. Pete, our own Brit, played exceptionally well in the midfield, running non-stop and giving his all (just as he did for the Sixths). One of the full backs, who also played in the earlier game, shared the points.
SL1 (3rd Grade) - Round 5
Glebe vs Macquarie University
Result: Glebe 0 Macquarie University 3
The guys applied themselves well against the undefeated Mac Uni
who have done well to stand out in SL1 as the team beat given that
they only moved up a division from SL2 this season. They are a
solid and very fit professional team who make very few errors. They
possess the ball for long periods of time and wait patiently to
link up with strikers who are constantly
rotating and floating in open space. As a result, Glebe had to have 11 players behind the ball for long periods of the game to slow up Mac Uni's progress and generally did this well.
Uni's first goal came from a Glebe attacker being dispossessed when they should have passed the ball and the supporting halves were out of position and unable to back track quick enough on to the strikers they were marking and then it was a simple matter of working the ball around the two fullbacks for an easy tap in past our goalie.
Glebe however showed a bit of enterprise coming forward with the ball with James Billett linking up well down the right side with Angus, Alex and Ambrose. We had a good ten minute period which resulted in a couple of penalty corners which were unable to be converted. In one goal mouth scramble the Mac Uni goalie decided to pick on our youngest and smallest player for no particular reason (which he later apologised for at half-time). Another Glebe player became involved and he was reprimanded for it. The game's momentum swinged back towards Uni for the next period of time.
In the second half, Glebe ran out of gas as the players who had doubled up from 4ths began to tire. The Glebe defence were also run ragged by Uni as our attack constantly turned over the ball giving our defence minimal respite from Mac Uni's attacks. We need to take a lesson from this if we are going to move forward this season. Max Tintner worked his arse off all game and unfortunately made an unlucky error which led to Mac Uni's goal. Other than that Max had a flawless game in his preferred fullback position and deservedly won the player's player award. Uni's third and final goal was from a pretty clear third man obstruction play where a shot from a tight angle squeezed in at our goalie Dave's near post as a result of him being unsighted. In saying this though Uni missed a couple of sitters during the course of the game and a 3-0 scoreline was probably fairly indicative of the way the game flowed.
While we gave Uni a good run for their money we did not really impose a whole lot of forward pressure on their goal which was a shame and is an ongoing concern. The club is probably missing one really good striker in every grade at the moment (except for 2nd grade which has a few). Well played to Uni who probably look favourites for the title at this early stage of the season.
Long time rival Easts next week. Bring it on.
Sydney League 5
16 May 2015
Glebe vs Briars, 2pm at Cintra
Result; Glebe 3 - Briars 2.
Half-time; Glebe 0 - Briars 1
Glebe goal scorers; Geoff 2. Ado 1.
Glebe; several -1 goal. Pushed home by Ado after several deflections, and a goal-mouth scramble.
Briars; several more - 1 goal, a well struck shot which bisected the gap between the right postie (me) and Keeper Jacob, whose view was obscured by the aforementioned full-back.
Glebe; one. Awarded for a crude tackle on a Glebe striker, from behind, within the circle. Converted by Geoff in a manner not intended.
The team's experience with the officials his season has not been happy or easy. This game was different. The umpires were unobtrusive, even handed, clear in their calls, good humoured, fair, and impervious to pressure. Well done Angus, your performance was mature, calm and impressive.
After a series of close losses despite playing well, in which contentious umpiring decisions determined outcomes, the Fighting Fifths needed a win. The Briars team are defending Premiers, and had been undefeated in the 2015 season.
The Glebe team taking the field bore little resemblance to that of last week, or that selected. A number of injuries and late withdrawals required a number of Savage Sixers to fill the gaps.
The contest was even. The Reds played good team hockey. Positional play was sound. Match-ups were strong. Work off the ball was vigorous. The first half seemed destined to end with a 0-0 score line. However Briars moved ahead with a short corner conversion seconds before the break. The Reds equalised via a short soon after the break, only to almost immediately concede a field goal. Although Briars forced more short corners in the second half, the balance of play was even.
The Reds equalised when Geoff converted the penalty stroke. He was then able to deflect a through ball past the very good Briars keeper to take the Reds to the lead for the first time in the game. The team played conservatively for the remainder of the game, preserving the hard won lead till the final whistle. The win was hard won, disciplined, and well deserved.
Geoff topped the Player's Player voting, ahead of a bunch of other good performers. These included Ivan, Ado and Eoughan in the forward line, Tim and Ritchie in the half line, and Jacob in goal (his shoeless late arrival has been forgiven).
The generosity and collection contributions of our reinforcements from Sixth Grade is acknowledged. These Redmen had to double up without any recovery time.
Has the team turned the corner? Coming weeks will tell.
Sydney League 5 - 9 May 2015
Glebe vs St George / Randwick, 3.30pm at Kyeemagh
Result; Glebe 1 - StG/R 2.
Half-time; Glebe 0 - StG/R 0.
Glebe goal scorer; Geoff 1.
Glebe; several -1 goal; cleanly scored by Tim, early in the first half, but disallowed in a bizarre umpiring decision
StG/R; a few more - 2 goals; one which went through
the left postie (who was not Googa) and one (three minutes
time), which was dubiously awarded (the foot - mine - was at least two feet outside the circle), and "converted" with a lifted slap shot, first strike at goal, deflected by a StG/R stick at the left post.
This was another loss that need not have been, in which umpiring decisions, tipped the balance of the game. Once again the Redmen played well but came away with nothing. The team needs to learn to win, or the end of season matches will be beyond reach.
Umpiring is difficult gig, but perhaps Sydney Hockey should ensure that those officiating do not resemble too closely the gilded youths described by Paterson (A.B. not Ian) in "The Man from Ironbark", and can read below the top line of the Snellen chart.
The SL5 StG/R team includes Crazy Crusty the complainer, a number of experienced players with good skills and level heads, some keen, quick, young players in their early years of senior hockey, and a few others. Glebe and StG/R were well matched, and the game ebbed and flowed from first to final whistle. It was only in the last minute that Glebe heads began to drop.
Crucial umpiring decisions, all the 50:50 calls, and the awarding of green cards (often for dissent) were against the Reds. Injuries early in the game to key players; Scott the running forward and Mick the Magnificent, disrupted the team's structure, and were another factors in the result. In particular, the loss of Mick meant that our marking of the StG/R wide strikers was looser than the usual standard.
Players Player: Well done Ollie, who is adding confidence, composure and feistiness, to his skills and natural speed. An aged full-back, then Jackson and Geoff, followed in the points.
Sydney League 5 - 2 May 2015
Glebe vs Bentstix, 6.30pm at P2.
Result; Glebe 1 - Bentstix 3
Half-time; Glebe 1 - Bentstix 1
Glebe goal scorer; Matt 1.
Penalty Corners; Glebe 2 (no goals) - Benstix 3 (one goal).
It was a dark, wet, lonely and miserable evening as the Redmen took to the pitch against a team that has beaten the FIghting Fifths by odd goals, in close games, over recent seasons. The Glebe line-up included the return of Johnny McDonald as the high striker, and a number who had played themselves to a standstill in the preceding sixth grade game (a hard fought loss played in the same unpleasant weather conditions). The team was without the energetic, skilful and enthusiastic youngsters who had bolstered the ranks in earlier rounds. Esteemed Captain Googa was on other duties.
The game was close. The Reds competed well in all aspects. Jacob made a number of vital saves. The Glebe backs scrapped doggedly. The half line of Mick, Tim and Richie, was strong. The forwards were active and caused trouble to the opposition defence. Ado was prominent. Johnny Mac was everywhere, running around (outsprinting his opponents and leading into space) as though he were thirty or forty years younger, and beating defenders right left and centre with his skills and anticipation.
We conceded the first goal, when a high flick nearly removed the head of a jet-lagged, aged full-back, who in turn obscured Jacob's line of sight. The Reds equalised almost immediately, after Matt was able to deflect a long pass from Mick into the goal. Scores were equal at half time.
Then the heavens opened. The pitch flooded, and there were many air bubbles under the matting. We played on, probably matching our opponents, while lacking some of the skills needed to play the aerial game that the conditions required. Striker JMac hit the post, and another Matt deflection rolled just wide. Unfortunately two goals were conceded within a couple of minutes. Both followed contentious umpiring decisions, one through a short comer, and the other from a goal mouth scramble after a penalty had been given at the top of the D.
There was no despondency expressed in the post-game discussion, but it was opportunity lost again against a team we should more than match.
Players Player by a long way was Johnny Mac, with Ado and one of the full backs at the head of the rest of the bunch.
4th Grade Match Report
Saturday 2nd Of May 2015
Glebe 0 def. by Ryde 4
The story of the early season for 4th grade seems to be this, we're beating ourselves through a breakdown of simple concentration. This was best exemplified by the fact that the team willingly allowed Ryde to score the opening goal within 20 seconds of the match starting. 20. DAMN. SECONDS. The frustrating part was the sense of déjà vu after 4th grade conceded a goal within 30 seconds of scoring a goal just the week before, 2 weeks with the same problem, we need to break the pattern before it becomes a habit for the entire season, I've seen it happen before and I damn sure don't want to see it again.
Compounding the problem was the side appeared to stand idly by while Ryde marched back into our circle and drilled a second goal to go 2-nil up in less than 2 minutes from the start of the match. That's when the flood gates opened, literally. The rain began to fall and didn't let up and the field went from bad, to disastrous, to unplayable within a matter of minutes and our ability to form an attack as the ball became more and more weighed down in the puddles. The match descended into a spectacle of whoever could overhead better could get the closest to attacking, in a credit to the team the defence did actually get better within our defensive circle and though Ryde did trouble us we managed to keep them away from any free shots on goal.
We did manage a few circle penetrations in attack, but a combination of a fleet footed goalkeeper and a ball that just wouldn't move a great deal inside a flooded circle meant that the efforts of Nick, Adam and young Ryan up front just weren't going to threaten the goals.
We went in at the half 2 goals down as the rain eased off. The talk was quite obviously not one that was positive and spoke about the defensive short comings of the back 5 and the adjustments needed to fix things, the fix was never made and once again, within 2 minutes of the restart Ryde scored a goal as their centre forward was found wide open at the top right hand side of the circle and he sent a squeezed hit flying high into the top corner of the goals. Then the rain resumed and suddenly we remembered that we were playing a game of hockey and 3 goals behind on easily the most flooded pitch I'd ever played on, we finally took the game to Ryde.
Players finally started manning up in defence, guys finally started putting their bodies into the tackles and we actually managed to rattle and break up the Ryde attack in the middle of the field instead of deep within our own defensive circle and as a result we played the majority of the second half on the front foot in constant attack. Unfortunately the closest we could get to breaking through was when Jason worked past 2 defenders off a long corner and saw his shot from the top of the D come away off the post with the keeper beaten at full stretch, we had several short corner opportunities which were all wasted due to the fact that the pitch was so flooded the push outs - even though elevated - just stopped dead well inside the circle once it hit a patch of water.
Ryde managed to secure a 4th goal with 10 minutes remaining, the frustrating part was that 3 separate defenders had all stopped inside the circle to argue a call for a penalty that wasn't blown, Ryde on the other hand had four players focused on the ball and took advantage of the defence walking away to talk to the umpire to score past a helpless Damo in goals. Regardless of what happens on the field, we have to play the ball, focus on the game and ignore the umpires at all times, even if it was actually a penalty that should have been called in our favour.
The game was eventually given an early finish 6 minutes from time when it was declared the surface was finally too dangerous and the result was never going to be reversed.
This result has left the squad with a record of just 1 win and 3 losses and our season, as early as it is, already hangs perilously over a cliff. Selections haven't helped our situation nor that of the rest of the club I'm sure, but in 4 games of 4th grade the squad has already played with 3 different goalkeepers and has not fielded the same fullback combination in any game. This is an alarming statistic so early in the season! This isn't a slight on the selection committee, as captain for the previous 4 years I'm well aware of the weekly struggle, it's just a sad indictment on the current state of the club and a reminder to all players that your personal absences have a far reaching effect beyond that of your own team.
On the positive side of things, the
three juniors that played in the squad had their best showing, Ryan
and Jackson Howe along with Oliver Brownbill are all U/15 players
who put in their absolute maximum performance, they're age and
inexperience really makes them better suited for 5th grade play so they
can naturally learn the men's game in an environment that
emphasises fun equally with a competitive spirit but for what we
asked in terms of commitment and aggression these young boys showed
positive signs for any future call ups 4th grade may ask of
Sydney League 5
Glebe vs SOMEONE I'M NOT SURE OF BUT THE DID CALL THEMSELVES THE EAGLES
Glebe 1 - 3
Half- time; Glebe 0 - THE OTHER GUYS 0
Glebe goal scorers: Nick Ball x 1 (penalty stroke)
Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda was the story of 5ths Saturday night, both on the hockey field and likely in the bedroom after a frustrating show out at Olympic - which no doubt led to sore legs and lack of motivation for late night activities.
An undermanned team (we had the bare 11 turn up, after 16 were
named on the sheet) were literally all over our opposition like a
rash. Truly, I got a rash from one of them on my stomach, that's
how literal i'm being - with a staggering
amount of shots on goal in the first half but zero return on the scoresheet.
A lack of conviction inside the circle from the forwards, and strength over the ball and - well, let's be honest - a simple lack of willingness to just smash the bajeeeeeezus out of the ball into the back of the net was frustrating, and many a corner and circle penetration was to no avail.
We went into the half time break clearly very sore, but feeling like game was ours for the taking.
Tired legs struggled in the second half, with the game predictably spreading out to more a more hit long and hope approach, and a sloppy turnover and resulting counterattack saw our lesser opponents score a cheeky goal against the run of play. And then another. And then another.
A late consolation stroke was converted and we ended up turning in a disappointing 3-1 loss.
Overall the feeling was "gutted" coming off at the end - as we clearly had that game in the bag.
Great to see new player Hamil (or The Hammer™) play, and a welcome return from El Presidente Danny O'Brien to the list gave us some much needed strength through the middle.
All in all a very frustrating result, but can't help but feel if we had all our players turn up that were named - the much needed fresh legs would've seen us get over the line.
PS - Thanks to Ado for umpiring. He adhered to the "seen and not heard" mentality of umpiring and did a stellar job. No comment about Ado's co-umpire.
3 - Ollie (a young gun who can afford to take his ageing 5th opponents on more and more each week with his silky skills)
2 - Jackson (who is very tall for a young lad and with more strength once his voice breaks will be a formidable defensive player)
1 - Mick - (old).
SL6: 6th Grade
Glebe vs Sydney Uni at Bankstown@ 12.30pm
Result: Lost 1-6
There was confusion right up until the day before play as to whether this match would go ahead, or be deferred like many others due to Anzac Day commemorations.
In the first half, the team continued to play some great hockey,
dominating possession and field position, and the standard was
quite high for 6th grade. However, it was a case
of missed opportunities, and the team went into the half two goals
down. In a game of two halves, the fitter students, led by
Ned Kelly, came into the game more in the second period, and
continued to take their chances. Our goal from a short corner
variation was soon countered with two lucky
scores. Skies threatened as we left the ground.
The team tried very hard throughout the game and displayed a good attitude, and luck and results should soon turnaround. New players continued to impress, such as Richie and young Jackson Howe, receiving some encouragement from certain loyal and experienced club members. The game featured a miraculous comeback and some fine saves from custodian Terry Kelly; and the much awaited and highly appreciated reappearance of a certain Glebe Point Road fruit shop owner (and club sponsor), who displayed some nice touches.
Keep the faith men, good times will soon return.
SL1 (3rd Grade) Saturday 18 April 2015
Glebe vs Sydney University
Result: Sydney Uni won 3-2
Glebe were able to start this game with the return of a couple
of senior players forwards however it was the usually reliable
defence which started poorly making a number of uncharacteristic
and basic errors which led to 3 well taken goals by Sydney Uni in
the first 20 minutes. Glebe struggled to defend the centre of the
field and as a result Uni were able to advance almost Glebe's
defensive quarter before being able to contest the ball. Quite
simply Glebe for whatever reason did not physically context the
beginning of this game. Maybe we didn't respect the opposition
enough based on their
general youthfulness. Big mistake.
The second half started strongly and the team began to combine
well together to dominate possession for a bit and change the
momentum of the game with some terrific chances gone begging.
Eventually Brian scored our opening goal from a back stick flick
scoop after an attacking penalty corner combination broke down but
was cleverly re-worked to the left side.
Minutes later Cheonga had a great chance brilliantly kept out by the sliding uni keeper's right foot. Near the end of the game, Cheonga made amends by smashing our second goal past the goalie's head into the top left hand corner of the net. Glebe had another half-chance to sneak an unlikely draw but were well shut out by the Sydney uni defence. While Uni deserved the win and Glebe had defended poorly at the beginning to hand an almost unassailable lead to our opponents, we did very very well to claw our way back into the game.
Some of the individual team performances however certainly showed a need for an improved level of fitness, surprisingly among some of the younger players in the team. Get on to it lads - this is a comp we have a great chance of figuring in the finals for if we all pull our fingers out and improve our fitness collectively. We didn't get the cookies this time round but there's always next time.
Player's player: Joint winners by a long, long way - Bri & Cheonga
6th Grade match report
Glebe 3 v Bankstown 4
The score of Saturdays game shouldn't be an overall reflection of what 6th grade achieved in Bankstown on a particularly hot day. It was a momentary lapse in concentration that allowed a frustrated Bankstown side to squeak out a win.
A lot of positives came out of the game however. This week, as opposed we had a full side with two reserves on hand ready and willing to play. Our game started well with Mattias, scoring a well-placed deflection early to put us ahead. Before
long we had a 3-1 lead.
However towards the end of the 1st half the early season rust and the heat began to wear on the team. A lack of coordination ended up giving Bankstown enough room to put them ahead.
George, who did a fantastic job co-ordinating defence from the goals, gave the team a talk that kicked everyone into gear after half time. A determined 6th grade came out for the 2nd half and put together some great marking and passing that almost shut down the Bankstown side completely at times.
Andrew, Pete Dodsley, Peter Kelly, and Richard were all integral in pushing the ball up towards the inners and out to the wings. With clean passes getting around the flustered Bankstown side. This ended up giving Mattias, Sam, Ivan and myself a number of opportunities to score, unfortunately we just weren't able to seal the deal.
Although we lost by one point, it was a far better result than 6th grade was dealt with last week. If we can constantly get the right amount of players each week and get our fitness up there's no doubt that 6th grade will make a return to the finals this year.
MVP for this week was Andrew.
PL: 1st Grade - Glebe vs Birars
Result: Glebe drew 3-3
SC: 2nd Grade - Glebe vs Briars
Result: Glebe drew 2-2
SL1 (3rd Grade) Glebe vs GNS
Result: Glebe won 2-1
Glebe 3rd Grade started the season with a team almost entirely different (save 5 players) from last year's side which had gone oh so close to gaining a spot in the 2014 Premiership decider in the strong SL1 division. The side welcomed the promotion of a number of guys from last year's 4th grade premiership winning side as well as new players Alex Melville, David Reid and James Billett. The side were facing GNS who proved to be difficult competitors last year in which Glebe scrapped to one goal wins on each occasion we played them. So it was to prove again once more.
One trial game and only two hours of actual dedicated team training did not look to be a great preparation for the season opener, however, surprisingly and to my pleasure, the boys started in fantastic fashion moving the ball quickly and effortlessly and having 4 excellent goal scoring chances within the first 10 minutes. New young gun Alex Melville was able to put one of these chances away following an excellent long pass from evergreen centre half Peter Busch. Unfortunately we should have been up 3-0 and into an almost unassailable not long after but a lack of composure in the circle saw a couple of magnificent chances go begging.
GNS started to work themselves slowly and surely back into the game. Their veteran centre half was causing havoc in the middle releasing to his strikers who were making some likely surges into the circle only to be denied by solid defence in particular from Chris Farrugia, J-Mac and new keeper, David Reid. Dom Kavanagh also did well in his comeback game although he looked somewhat larger than how I remembered him. However, as effective as always on his customary left side. Unfortunately, a missed tackle from the skipper (yeah, that's me) resulted in a shot on goal which snuck inside the right inside post.
The second half we got back into a groove and put some good
forward pressure on GNS through the constant pressures of Amby,
Simon and Alex. A penalty corner resulted in a well struck Farrugia
hit dipped into the bottom left corner of the goal to take a lead
which Glebe was able to hold to the final siren. While GNS were
disappointed not to get at least a point out of this game in all
fairness they received extremely favourable umpiring throughout the
game from the five different
officials who umpired at some stage of the game and did well to get so close in the end. I know it's early in the season but the new SHA administration, with all due respect, need to sort this out quick stix.
Good job from the boys first up and we'll be looking forward to play the students from Usyd next week at our home ground Cintra, hopefully bolstered with the return of up to 5 regular team players.
Go you dirty Reds!
Sydney League 5
Glebe vs Macquarie University at Pennant Hills.
Glebe 3 - Mac U 1
Half-time; Glebe 2 - MacU 0.
Glebe goal scorers; Kevin 1, Kyle 1, Scot 1 (somehow).
The Redmen came away with the points in a poor quality round one game.
Glebe were by far the better team in the first half, and entered the half time break two goals up. Kevin and Kyle were clinical in finishing off excellent build ups through the midfield and forward line.
The second stanza began with a classical Gladding. A scoring opportunity that was created, almost squandered, and then forced home, by the cited striker.
It was disappointing that our standard of play deteriorated from that point. The Reds remained better than our opponents, but we were not very good. Structure and discipline degraded. The no dissent policy was breached. Umpiring standards also declined. Mac U's only goal was scored and allowed while the umpire had signalled a time-off.
However the three points from a Round One win are most welcome. It is the first time in recent memory that the Fighting Fifths have achieved a round one victory.
Three young Glebe men (Jackson, Ollie and Ryan) made their senior hockey debuts in this game. They acquitted themselves very well and in the best Glebe tradition, (Jackson in the demanding position of Centre Half, Ollie with an energetic display at Right Inner, and Ryan showing strong on-ball skills on the Right Wing). All figured in the players player points, and long and illustrious Glebe Hockey senior career seem likely for each.
The players player points evenly spread (that is - no Glebe player stood out). One of the full-backs just outpolled goalie Jacob, Magnificent Mick (who was under attack from the opposition and his own defence), and debut player Jackson.
Points from Round 1 are welcome. The team will need to improve if it is to be taken seriously in the 2015 competition.
Esteemed Captain Googa will nominate the Match Report correspondent for the next two games. The fighting Fifths intend to maintain the teams recent 100% record of documentation. Non-compliance will not be tolerated.
6th Grade (SL6) Match Report:
Glebe 0 v Ryde 8
PC Glebe 1 Ryde 3
Strokes Ryde 1 - converted (just)
There is not a lot to say when you lose by 8 goals . 10 Glebe 6th Grades turned up out of 16 listed to play on Wednesday night. A big thank you goes out to 4 guys who played a 3:30pm 5th grade match at Pennant Hills, that made the trek to Ryde.
There was some shining moments, with numerous saves from Jacob in goals. We were out run with 10 players vs 13 and often could not get back in time to help cover. Jacob in goals, often came out to a 1 on 2 situation and made some great saves, taking out the ball and the attacker cleanly. Sean and Peter looked good at full back with some nice passes and tackles. Matt, Brendan Kyle and Eoghan ran hard all night. The alleged elder statesman of the team, Scott, was out of gas and worked as hard as he could up front. He was surprised to find that there was someone older than him on the pitch. No names mentioned. Possibly the biggest highlight of the night was a long ball from the back to Mattias on the right wing. He beat the defender and produced a fantastic shot from the right only to be denied by the post. Each week Mattias gets better and better, it is great to see.
To the guys that didn't turn up, please tell the selection Committee of your availability before Tuesday. Please show your commitment to the team by getting yourself organised so the Club can organise selections. Go Glebe!
MVP - Sean, just in front of Jacob.