Men’s 1s and 2s made the long trek to Narellan – after an absence of a few years – to find a water pitch where there used to be only sand. And we brought home three points from two contrasting games. Men’s 3rd grade’s recent winning streak was cut short by the top placed Easts in a 7-0 loss.
On the women’s side, 1s had a disappointing 5-1 loss to a skilled UNSW team, while 2s came away with a 5-2 win against West Rugby. 3rd grade were down a few players and succumbed 4-1 to Sydney Uni, while 4th grade also went down 3-1 in a well fought match against Northern Districts.
Outside of the regular competition, Mac Uni also had some representative teams in the Gail Simmons Gala day. You can read Tom’s full report here:
And on a final note, a couple of weeks ago, the Mac Uni women’s indoor hockey team had a thrilling 3-2 win in the grand final against Manly. Congratulations to all of the girls. You can read Steff’s report here:
Read on for the full match reports from the weekend.
Men’s 2nd Grade
Result: defeated South West Strikers 5-0
Goals: Kemba 2, Sam, Dylan, Nick
2s started slowly but quickly found their range and easily outclassed the slow Strikers defenders to be 4-0 up at halftime. Kemba got the first two, Sam the next and Dylan the fourth – all scored from near or in line with the left post. We dominated the second half as well but could not generate quality shots, and had to settle for one well-thought out flick from Nick to finish the match at 5-0. Our whole season hangs on next week’s match with Sydney Uni.
Men’s 1st Grade
Result: defeated South West Strikers 2-1
Goals: Kevin, Nathan
1s were also sluggish, constantly taking poor options in attack, although we were denied a stroke when the Strikers umpire (and that is all I shall say about his bizarre performance) ruled that the shot would have hit the post. Mind-boggling. We finally went ahead midway through the second half when Kevin slotted a stroke, but conceded an equaliser after a mix-up at the back. Toddy bagged the winner with about 5 minutes to go when he trapped a raised, rushed 16 taken from well inside the circle and sped into the D to undercut with ‘furious anger’ (channelling Pulp Fiction there, sorry about that). Much work to be done, but points in the bag nonetheless.
Women’s 1st Grade
Result: 5-1 loss to UNSW 2
Goal to Busta
Disappointing result. UNSW deserved the win due to their skilled play and valuing of possession. We simply threw away too much ball and let too many niggly things get in our heads (e.g. umpires, bumpy turf, sun in eyes). Big let down after our strong performance against UTS, and we now face the even tougher task of getting the points against the undefeated GNS on friday night to retain 2nd spot..
Maguettes of the Match: Kath, Sarina
Women’s 2nd Grade
Result: 5-2 win against West Rugby
Goals to Steff (2), Tarryn (2) and Rhian
We started out with 9 players but managed to keep control of the game. It was a very frustrating match due to some contested umpiring decisions made on a number of goals and/or important moments of the match. Nonetheless, a well deserved win for Macquarie.
Maguettes of the Match: Nicola King and Steff Fenton
Women’s 3rd Grade
Result: 4-1 loss to Sydney Uni
The challenge was set when we were 6 team members down, having assistance from some 4th graders we didn’t do too bad with still 2 less players than our 5th place opponents. Only 2 Goals were scored against us in the first half which, the setting of the game forced us to play a very defensive yet strong game. With no subs, 2 players down we held out an enduring wave after wave of Sydney Uni attack. Into the 2nd half a few extra players turned up to at least get us to 11 on field. In this half, we actually opened up into our attacking half making some great presses of our own to put Syd Uni on the back foot in some instances. We finally got a score of our own in one of these great plays, showing some true Maguette grit. Considering the circumstances, great result for the underdogs!
Maguette of the match: Sarah Brammall
Women’s 4th Grade
Result: 3-1 Loss vs Northern Districts
Goal to Larissa Chan
Despite this result… it is totally not reflective of how the girls played. These girls took on this team of dinosaurs and had them running around us most of the game. With some small defensive mistakes from lack of tackle discipline in the circle, we had a lot of corners against us, but thank God that the old bats couldn’t hit an accurate ball to save their lives. Now, lets just get to the fun part… Larissa Chan, 5 run aways, one goal but so close to having more. This Maguette took attack to a whole new level, with her speed, ball strength and growing skill. From here, we cannot talk about anyone else than Jola Sung. Now, I’ve been a goal keeper coach for a few years, I’ve coached beginners many a time but not once, have I seen someone taken goaly gear and performed as she did! There was diving, stick clearances, extended leg kicks, blocking with her knees, the whole repetoire! You are a natural and a game saver, congratulations!
Maguettes of the match: Jola Sung and Larissa Chan