In exciting scenes the Junior section recorded an amazing clean sweep of Grand Finals this weekend, taking home all six of the flags on offer.
The action kicked off on Friday evening at Hawthorn with our U14 Mixed Pennant facing LaTrobe at 7:00pm. LaTrobe had beaten us in a shootout in Week 1 but our group responded with a patient and controlled game taking one of few chances to secure a 1:0 win.
Across town in freezing conditions at the dystopian night-time S-2 our U14 Mixed Shield got underway against perennial rivals Southern United; and had the perfect start getting on the board within minutes before later suffering a nervous spell to let Southern equalise and force the game to a nail-biting shootout. We held our nerve taking the game 5:3
Meanwhile the action continued down at Hawthorn with our U16 Mixed Pennant taking to the field against MHSOB who, not fielding a Shield team, are traditionally strong at this grade. Again an early opener got us off to the perfect start and our defensive structure absorbed High School's press with aplomb. Steady goals through the game giving us a comfortable 4:0 result.
Simultaneously on the now not-so-bad H-2 surface our U14 Mixed District took on KBH with the unknown extra weight of bringing home the last leg of the U14 trifecta. KBH hadn't beaten us all year but lifted to take the game to another shootout with our team secure the flag 3:2
The Cure's Friday I'm in Love or Lou Reed's Perfect Day on the playlist driving home; it was one to remember.
The sun was teasing us a little on Saturday morning but being Melbourne in spring it was still cold with showers threatening. Our last two finals were back at the hockey centre with U12 Mixed Pennant taking on Knox on S-2; now more amenable in the daylight, and U12 Mixed Shield starting 15 minutes later against Essendon on S-1.
Undefeated for the season, our Pennant team played a well structured game against a Knox team playing with increased finals intensity. A goal in each half secured the premiership 2:0.
One to go and the Shield group were gunning for the impossible straight six. Pushed all the way we endured another shooting emerging 7:6 winners in the tightest of games.
No Elton John or Lionel Richie on the iPod for Saturday songs so straight to Queen. Couldn't be more appropriate.
Well done to all our great players, coaches, volunteers and families. Click many of the photos to view full size.