Result:  Glebe 9 defeated Northern Districts 1

Half-time:  Glebe 3 – Northern Districts 0

Penalty corners:  Glebe 9 (2 goals), Northern Districts 2 (1 goal)

Penalty Strokes:  Glebe 1 (1 goal)

Goal Scorers:  Paul Jowett 3, Michael Wark 3, Luke Pollock 2, Tyson Hickey 1.

Glebe players: Chris Farrugia, Sam Bagley, Adam Campano, Tony Wark, Paul Jowett, Zane Goodridge, Will Brine, Clark Foster, Luke Pollock, Daniel Martin, Michael Wark, Simon Wark, Tyson Hickey, Pat Wark, Al Cullen. Unavailable players Jackson Howe (back)

 

Pre-match prediction:

After 8 games our record is 2 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. We are currently sitting 8th out of 11 on the competition table and have a goal difference of -12.  We played ND on 17 April 2021 at Pennant Hills where we lost 1-3. This was our worst game of the season by a considerable margin.

Unless we can win against the teams in the bottom half of the table, our chances of making the top six and progressing to the finals series are poor. With our key players fit for today’s game, I think we should be able to turn the tables on ND in this game, and start our climb up the ladder. My prediction is for a Glebe win 4-1.

We have three Glebe under 17 players in today’s line-up, Will Brine, Zane Goodridge and goalkeeper Clark Foster. It is Clark’s first game in the third-grade team. Team regulars Andrew Cheong and Jacob Warnock are playing in the second-grade team today.

 

Match Report

The game was played on a cloudy, windy, cold June day. Fortunately, the predicted rain held off during the game.

Glebe played well today. It was a team effort, with no hero runs or individual one-outs. The ND team had half a team of good players, but also a few who were not quite up to third grade standard.

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Result: Glebe 2 lost to Sydney University 4

Half-time: Glebe 2 – Sydney University 1

Penalty corners: Glebe 5 (no goals), Sydney University 9 (3 goals)

 

Glebe players: Chris Farrugia, Sam Bagley, Adam Campano,Tony Wark, Paul Jowett, Jacob Warnock (GK), Zane Goodridge, Luke Pollock, James Martin, Daniel Martin, Michael Wark, Simon Wark, Tyson Hickey, Jamie Travis, Pat Wark, Andrew Cheong. Unavailable players Jackson Howe (back).

 

Pre-match prediction:

After 6 games Sydney University (SU) have had 5 wins and I loss, and Glebe have had 2 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses from 7 games. SU are sitting third on the competition table, with 18 for and 9 against, and we are mid table, with 22 for and 32 against, having played I more game than most teams.

When each team has played an equal number of games, I would estimate that we will be around eight on the table out of eleven teams. Manly are the only other team that has had more goals scored against them then us.

On form SU are short priced favourites to win this game.

We have a large bench this week. Time will tell whether this is a help or a hindrance. A couple of stronger players are coming back into the team for this game, which will be a big help.

As an impartial observer I would estimate that the final score would be Glebe 1 Sydney University 3, although of course I am hoping for a Glebe win and with a bit of luck and if we play well, the team are certainly capable of winning.

 

Match report

The game was played under a cloudy sky, with the temperature around 17oC and a stiff wind blowing. Good conditions for playing hockey.

SU started the game strongly and were awarded 2 penalty corners in the first 90 seconds of the game. We were overrun for the first few minutes of the game and SU scored from a penalty corner after 2 minutes. It was a well worked variation after the ball was crossed from the inside right alley to the penalty stroke spot for a SU forward to deflected it into the goal. Glebe 0 SU 1. At that early stage of the game, it was shaping as if was going to be a long afternoon for the Glebe team.

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Result: Glebe 3 – Sutherland 6

Half-time: Glebe 2 – Sutherland 4

Penalty corners: Glebe 1 (no goals), Sutherland 4 (2 goals)

 

Glebe players: Chris Farrugia, Sam Bagley, Adam Campano, Craig Martin, Tony Wark, Paul Jowett, Jacob Warnock (GK), Zane Goodridge, Luke Pollock, James Martin, Michael Wark, Simon Wark.  Unavailable players Andrew Cheong, Jackson Howe (back), Al Cullen, James Martin.

 

Pre-match prediction:

On recent form, the artificial intelligence algorithm predicts that Sutherland should beat Glebe 6-0. Macquarie University beat Glebe 6-0 on 1 May, and on 8 May Sutherland and Macquarie University played a 2-2 draw. Losing Al Cullen, Pat Wark (both playing second grade) and Andrew Cheong (serving one game suspension) for this game will hurt us, but on the other hand having Michael Wark, Luke Pollock and Simon Wark back will probably just about compensate for their loss.

Hope springs eternal, and if we can keep 11 players on the field for the full 68 minutes, don’t give away penalty corners by sloppy breaches within our 22-metre area, and if our attacking penalty corner conversion rate can be substantially improved, I predict a close game.

A 0-3 loss would be around what I would expect, but I am hopeful that with a good slice of luck and if we can concentrate for the full 68 minutes an upset might be possible.

 

Match Report

The game was played under a cloudless sky, with the sun shining brightly and little wind blowing. It was, if anything, a little too hot for hockey.

Sutherland were a polished team, with youth on its side. Their passing and teamwork were excellent, and they thoroughly deserved their win.  A two-goal margin was about right, although Glebe made a game of it and with a bit more luck might have jagged a draw or better.

 

The Glebe goalkeeper Jacob Warnock got caught in traffic on the way to the game (Jacob lives some distance from Sydney) and Glebe played the first 8 minutes with no goalkeeper. During this period Sutho scored 2 goals.

The Sutho forwards were a lot faster than our defenders and in the first 10 minutes of the game they ran riot, running with the ball from midfield, gathering pace and then squirting outside the Glebe fullback on the sideline side to the backline before running the ball along the backline and passing across the face of the Glebe goal for a teammate to tap the ball into the net. Sutho’s first goal was scored after 2 minutes of play.

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Result: Glebe 3 drew with Briars 3

Half-time: Glebe 2 – Briars 2

Penalty corners: Glebe 7 (1 goal), Briars 3 (1 goal)

 

Glebe players: Chris Farrugia, Sam Bagley, Adam Campano, Andrew Cheong, Craig Martin, Tony Wark, Paul Jowett, Jacob Warnock (GK), Zane Goodridge, Will Brine, James Martin, Tyson Hickey, Pat Wark.  Unavailable players Michael Wark (hamstring), Jackson Howe (back) Luke Pollock, Aaron Gough.

 

Pre-match prediction:

Glebe defeated Briars 8-2 on 10 April 2021. The team personnel for that game was substantially different to the playing roster for today’s game. In our last two game we have been comprehensively beaten 8-1, and 7-0.

So far this season Briars have had three losses and one draw from four games. Briars were defeated 6 – 0 by Macquarie University. Macquarie beat us 7 – 0. These results suggest that today’s match will be played between two teams of reasonably equal ability. If we can improve our penalty corner conversion rate, play to our potential, and deliver the early, well struck ball from the back we have a good chance to win this game.

My predicted score Glebe 1 Briars 1.

 

Match Report

It was warm day at Cintra, 25°C, with little wind and a few white fluffy clouds in a blue sky. The warm weather took its toll on the players.

This was a an exciting, tight, even, free flowing game with Glebe scoring after the final whistle to snatch a draw.

Glebe had two yellow cards and four green cards during the game, which gave Briars a one-man advantage for around 20 minutes of the game. Two of the Briars goals were scored when we were down to 10 men. With a bit more self-discipline we could have won this game. Talking back to the umpires was a problem for us. It is a pointless exercise, and it would be best if we could exercise self-discipline and keep our concentration firmly on what we can control, and ignore dubious umpiring decisions.

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Result: Glebe 0 lost to MU 7

Half-time: Glebe 0 – MU 4

Penalty corners: Glebe 6 (no goals), MU 5 (1 goal)

 

Glebe players: Chris Farrugia, Sam Bagley, Adam Campano, Andrew Cheong, Craig Martin, Tony Wark, Paul Jowett, Jacob Warnock (GK), Zane Goodridge, Will Brine, James Martin, Darren French, Jackson Howe, Tyson Hickey.  Unavailable players Michael Wark (hamstring), Luke Pollock, Al Cullen, Pat Wark, Aaron Gough.

 

Pre-match prediction: MU have had 2 wins from their first 3 games of the 2021 season, with 22 goals for and 4 against, with a goal difference of 18. Glebe have had 2 wins and 2 losses from the 4 games it has played in the 2021 season.

 

Glebe’s defeat last week against UNSW was comprehensive. Our ranks are depleted for today’s game and unless we improve substantially, we could get well beaten. We coughed up a few goals from defensive errors in last week’s game against UNSW and if we can keep the ball wide and run straight and pass the ball straight, rather than pass the ball sideways and run down the middle we might be competitive.

We are playing MU’s first grade team today and it will be a tough assignment.

My predicted score Glebe 1 MU 5.

 

Match Report

The game was played on a still, partly cloudy, mild afternoon at Cintra. Pleasant conditions for playing hockey.

This was MU’s first grade team and they played in PL2 in 2020, making the finals series. In 2021 they were placed in PL3, a decision which seemed to disadvantage genuine third grade teams.

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Result: Glebe 1 lost to UNSW 8

Half-time Glebe 0 – UNSW 3

Penalty corners: Glebe 2 (1 goal), UNSW 5 (2 goals)

Scorer for Glebe: Andrew Cheong

 

Glebe players: Chris Farrugia, Sam Bagley, Adam Campano, Andrew Cheong, Craig Martin, Tony Wark, Paul Jowett, George Manou (GK), Zane Goodridge, Al Cullen, Pat Wark, Aaron Gough, Will Brine, James Martin.  Unavailable players Michael Wark (hamstring), Jackson Howe, Luke Pollock

 

Pre-match prediction: UNSW have had 3 wins from their first 3 games of the 2021 season, with 19 goals for and 2 against. With a goal difference of 17 they are on top of the competition table.

 

Glebe’s defeat last week against Northern District’s was disappointing, and unless we improve substantially in today’s game we could get well beaten. On last week’s form the UNSW team should beat us by 4-1, although if we can improve our penalty corner conversion rate, tackle early and tackle often, improve our trapping, take the early free hit, and deliver the early ball using a hard pass to the stick of a teammate we might be a chance to spring a surprise result.

My predicted score 2-2.

 

Match Report

It was a beautiful mid-autumn day at Daceyville, with a clear blue sky, warm sun shine and very little breeze.

Glebe were outclassed by the much better team today. The UNSW’s team were skilful, fast, well drilled, played good team hockey, fit and thoroughly deserved their victory. Glebe never gave up and were much more in the game than the score indicates. With 5 minutes to go in the third quarter the score was Glebe 1 UNSW 3, and the Glebe team were making a real game of it.

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Result: 5 – 2 Win

A trip out to Pennant Hills is never a favourite for the Glebe men, however we always try to make it worth our while with and put in our best efforts.

As we started, Glebe seemed to get a decent foothold on the game, spreading the ball out through the halves and getting some rolls up the line into attack. The first few minutes saw no notable opportunities from either team as both teams tried to gain some possession.

Although Glebe seemed to be doing a decent job of getting touches on the ball and making some good passages of play down the side lines, I wouldn’t say that there was any dangerous play other than a couple of runs from the forwards that did not result in any fruits for their labour.

As the game progressed into the later half of the first quarter, Glebe began to show some promising signs in attack. A lot of our discussions have surrounded promoting the ball, giving a quick release and moving up the field as a unit. This started to show as we began to have some good passages of ball movement up the line from our halves into the midfield and from the midfield into the strikers.

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Result: Glebe 1 lost to Northern Districts 3

Half-time: Glebe 0 – Northern Districts 1

Penalty corners: Glebe 9 (1 goal), Northern Districts 1 (1 goal)

Scorer for Glebe: Al Cullen

 

Glebe players: Chris Farrugia, Sam Bagley, Adam Campano, Andrew Cheong, Craig Martin, Michael Wark, Tony Wark, Paul Jowett, Jacob Warnock (GK), Jackson Howe, Luke Pollock, Zane Goodridge, Al Cullen, Unavailable players Pat Wark, Aaron Gough

 

Pre-match prediction: Northern Districts had a team in the first and third grade competitions last year and they made the semi-finals in third grade. This season they are fielding teams in first, second and third grade. They have only played one game in the 2021 competition when they beat Manly-GNS 2-0. If Glebe hold its good recent form my prediction is that we should beat Northern Districts comfortably, perhaps 4-0.

 

Match Report

It was a dull, overcast, still afternoon at Pennant Hills. Ideal conditions for a game of hockey.

This game was one we would all like to forget. It was just not our afternoon. Glebe were awarded 9 penalty corners to Northern District’s 1, and Glebe had at least 20 good shots at goal to ND’s 5, and were beaten 1-3. Nothing went right for us today.

On a positive note, the team behaviour was good, we received no cards, there were no recriminations, and the team was gracious in defeat.

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An earlier game for round 2 starting at 3pm. Nice blue skies, a bit of heat but a nice breeze to even it out. As we began our preparations, there was a nice, relaxed atmosphere in the team and it was a good run out in the warm up.

As we started the game, Glebe had a few promising looks of attack into the oppositions right hand corner. After those first few attacks, Glebe couldn’t seem to find their connections. We seemed a bit off in our passing and what we needed to do.

Shortly into the game, Mark Patterson was hit in the nose with either a stick or a shoulder off the ball. Blood streaming out of his nose, Mark was forced to leave the field to get cleaned up. Play continued for a few minutes and glebe still couldn’t find their feet. Briars were controlling it well from the back and taking control of the game.

On the sideline, an altercation occurred with Mark Patterson and an opposition player, resulting in Mark getting a red card and being forced to leave the premises. Glebe went into a huddle and had a discussion about our tactics with our new roster of only 10 men. We had some calming words and knew that we had to play for each other this game.

The next 60 minutes of hockey was some of the most passionate hockey I have been a part of and witnessed on a hockey field. With a reduced 10 men, the backs made sure to play solid in their passing and tackling. We seemed quite fortified, remaining calm and collected in our play. Briars played it around the back quite a bit and kept possession, but rarely looked like scoring.

As the tensions were high from the previous incident, the game became filled with emotion from both teams. The Glebe players were focused and determined and didn’t get too sucked into the bullshit of the game. After the dodgy start to the game, Glebe settled in their play, working with each other and creating some great passages, looking dangerous through the sides of the field.

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Result: Glebe 8 beat Briars 2

Half-time: Glebe 3 – Briars 0

Penalty corners: Glebe 4 (1 goal), Briars 4 (1 goal)

Penalty strokes: Glebe 1 (I goal)

Scorers for Glebe: Tony Wark 1, Jackson Howe 1, Michael Wark 6

 

Glebe players: Chris Farrugia, Sam Bagley, Andrew Cheong, Craig Martin, Michael Wark, Tony Wark, Paul Jowett, Jacob Warnock (GK), Jackson Howe, Matt Wilson, Zane Goodrick, Al Cullen, Aaron Gough, Pat Wark. Unavailable player Adam Campano

 

Pre-match prediction: Briars beat us by a couple of goals in our only pre-season trial game, so on this result Briars should probably be favourites to win this game. Although today’s team is a stronger combination than the one we fielded in the Briar’s trial.

We played well in our first-round game of the season before Easter, and hopefully this form will continue into today’s game.  We have lost Luke Pollock to second grade but have picked up ex-first grader Al Cullen and the team will not be disadvantaged from these changes. Under-17 Zane Goodrick is having his first game in third-grade today, as is Aaron Gough, but I am sure these two newbies will be fully supported by the senior players in the team. Aaron is an experiences player from Western Australia.

Briars had a bye in the first round of the competition and this game today will be their first match of the season. I have no prior Briars’ performances to guide my pre-match assessment. All things considered I am predicting a close game today, perhaps ending in a 1-1 draw.

 

Match Report

The game was played under a blue sky, temperature at 24° and with very little wind. It was warm, energy sapping weather for hockey.

Briars started strongly and spent much of the first 6 minutes inside the Glebe 22 metres area. Glebe were struggling to hang on, but tackled strongly, read the game well, scrambled with energy and enthusiasm and kept Briars from scoring. Briars had a couple of dangerous forays into the Glebe circle, but the Glebe defence gave them little room to line-up their shots at goal.

Six minutes into the game, against the run of play, Tony Wark won the ball 15 metres inside the Glebe half and ran forward at pace, before passing to Al Cullen, who continued the forward momentum before passing the ball to Michael Wark 3 metres from the Briars backline 5 metres from the Briars’ right hand goal post. Michael managed to squeeze the ball past the advancing Briars goal keeper into the goal. Glebe 1 Briars 0

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