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Destination Number 2:         Parkville in Ballarat (Saturday 26th April)

The WestVic Senior Men had taken the field in their game against the boys from St
Bernard when the women started to arrive and prepare for their second round match
against Parkville. Research indicated that the Parkville women finished in the top four
teams in 2007. Although their club rooms are at Melbourne and Victoria’s premier
hockey site – the State Hockey Centre, it’s a sad indictment that they don’t always have
training and match priority when it comes to their SL4 women’s team. Nonetheless we
realised that they were a good team and that we would have to play well to match or
better them.

Our Team for the day:

Team Members:       Megan Churchill (Captain), Kym Southwell (Vice-Captain), Ebony
Stephen, Beck Hodgetts, Tammy Hansford, Emily Innes, Kathryn Clark, Claire
McKenzie, Ali Williams, Anna Ryan, Gemma Walton, Jacinta Polmear and Kaylene
Ferrier.

Players unavailable: Emma Kearney

Coach: Kim Halbert-Pere


Pre-Game

Here it is…our first double header at home. Our first match on home turf in front of
family and friends – on what was a cold, wet Ballarat kinda-day. We headed for the
change room and got down to the business of pre-game pep talks and preparation.


The Game

The first half was dominated by WestVic’s attack, with both left and right sides getting
into the action early. Anna Ryan’s inclusion in the team this week proved to be a
positive, with a high work rate in both attack and defense. Her understanding of the game
really stood out to other team members as an example to follow.

Claire McKenzie was denied a convincing penalty corner opportunity early on. Ebony
Stephen slotted the first goal from a strong attacking move assisted by her supporting
players. To Parkville’s credit they put up a strong defense and held WestVic to a 1-0
score at half time.

The rain came and slowed the pace of the game in the later stages of the first half. Many
scoring opportunities came and went as the WestVic strikers led by Tammy Hansford



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peppered the goal. Parkville’s stand in goalie was outstanding and proved difficult to
outmaneuver.

With heavy rain continuing to fall during the second half, the WestVic women were able
to convert a further four times. Strong rotations off the bench allowed players such as
captain Megan Churchill to spend some time in the mid field, creating scoring
opportunities to be crumbed by the strikers.

Congratulations to Anna and Emily for registering their first goals of the season. The
support given to the strikers by defense and midfield cannot go unmentioned, as without
their strong, accurate deliveries, the scoring opportunities would have been reduced.

Next week, the team hopes to improve its penalty corner conversion rate as well as
overall movement on and off the ball.


Goal scorers:          Ebony (2), Tammy (1), Emily (1) and Anna (1)

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:       Bendigo Bank and Ballarat Gold Bus

Notable mentions:      Jeff Sly and Andy for umpiring at short notice in the rain

Traveling to Brunswick this Saturday should prove another challenge for the WestVic
Senior Women. .


Report compiled by Kim Halbert-Pere – WestVic Senior Women’s Coach




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The WestVic Senior Women’s Hockey Journey

Destination Number 3:         Brunswick (Saturday 3rd May)

Brunswick is a team to beat in 2008. They have been relegated from SL3 and expected to
dominate the game in the Women’s SL4 competition. Brunswick are an old and
respected club that have worked hard to maintain players, coaches and club success; so
much so that they now have one of Melbourne’s newest water/sand based turfs. This was
the venue on Saturday that saw the Bendigo Bank WestVic Senior Women stamp
authority as a possible team to beat in 2008.

Our Team for the day:

Team Members:       Megan Churchill (Captain), Kym Southwell (Vice-Captain),
Tammy Hansford, Emily Innes, Kathryn Clark, Emma Kearney, Claire McKenzie, Ali
Williams, Anna Ryan, Jacinta Polmear and Siddhi (GK)

Bench:                 Beck Hodgetts

Players unavailable: Ebony Stephen, Gemma Walton (GK), Kaylene Ferrier.

Coach:                 Kim Halbert-Pere

Bus Driver and First Aider: Terri Polmear

Pre-Game

Traveling to Melbourne on the sponsored Gold Bus mini coach has been a significant
bonus for the team. It allows us all to talk about ourselves, our opponents and factors that
influence the game. At times we maybe distracted by the antics of men waiting at bus
stops trying to gain the attention of a bus full women or the musical attempts at (or just
Ali) composing and singing a team song to the tune of ‘mustang sally’ ….go ‘WestVic
hockey’….lalala!

The new ground was vibrant green, soft underfoot and apparently ‘lumpy’. Nonetheless
the ground was well patroned and the women took advantage of warming up and playing
tag in the Brunswick Sec. College gymnasium.


The Game

The game started at a cracking pace. The WestVic women wanted to walk away from the
game with their third straight win, but Brunswick penetrated their defence within the first
couple of minutes. This would be the only time in the first half that they did so. Our
defence was strong and as soon as we gained possession of the ball the game swung well
and truly into WestVic’s favour. Not only did team members demonstrate some



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impressive ducking and weaving, but they also adjusted to the bounce and various
challenges the Brunswick team and their new pitch put forward. The first half was
dominated with over 20 circle penetrations by the WestVic strikers and mid-fielders –
most notably Tammy taking a well-timed leading ball from Kat confronting the goalie
head on. Tammy may not of converted on that occasion but set up one of many penalty
corners for the team and she convincingly demonstrated not only courage but the tenacity
that comes with being a key striker for the team.

The team had many penalty corners in the first half. Claire stepped up to the challenge
and converted on a direct shot at goal; so too did Emily. Claire was to go on and score a
well-earned field goal, as did Emily with a well-connected reverse stick. Tammy was
rewarded with a goal and was also instrumental in passing to Jacinta in the circle which
allowed her to register her first goal for the season. The half-time score was 6-0.

The second half was evenly matched. Brunswick certainly lifted and managed to have
more ball time than what they had in the first half. They kept us scoreless – but this was
not without some superhuman effort by their goalie and their defenders. They proved
fitter and had the legs to get through the game.

The halves and midfielders worked tirelessly all game and proved to be strong attackers
and defenders running back and offering solid tackles on the loose Brunswick attackers.
Claire, Anna and Emma offered strong solo runs from defence and into attack. Meg
always offers nothing but her best in defence and in captaining her team – but showed her
skills and adaptability when asked to move forward into an attacking right half position.
Kym talked up positioning and made sure that all team members helped to carry WestVic
through to it’s third straight win for the season.

Ali was solid in defence offering valuable information to players that restricted
Brunswick being able to penetrate the defensive zone. She also put Siddhi our newest
recruit (goalkeeper) at ease while Gemma is away in Europe.

This game saw some players rotated from their normal playing positions testing their
comfort zones. Claire, Kat and Beck all rotated through the back defence. Megan and
Ali also had the chance to move up; for Ali a move to half-back and for Megan half-back
with a dash of mid-field. What soon came apparent is that as attackers the girls made
very good defenders. Brunswick increased their attacking rate in the second half of the
game and notably made one field shot goal and made it into the 25m attacking zone on 10
different occasions – however, at no time did they look threatening. WestVic had a solid
defence throughout with both Beck and Kat displaying courage under fire. As attackers it
is important for players to have the opportunity learn and understand the stress that
defenders control throughout a game.

Our journey will only continue to be full of challenges and exciting game moments as we
continue with 13 more stops before we get to the final rounds.




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Goal scorers:          Claire (2), Tammy (1), Emily (2) and Jacinta (1)

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:       Bendigo Bank, Ballarat Gold Bus and Hockey
Ballarat.

Notable mentions: Friends and family members who made the effort to travel with the
team or meet us at the ground. Your support is invaluable.

Next Week:             We take on Swinburne at Ballarat. 3.30pm

Report compiled by Kim Halbert-Pere – WestVic Senior Women’s Coach




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The WestVic Senior Women’s Hockey Journey

Destination Number 4:           Swinburne (Saturday May 10th) at Ballarat

The Swinburne University Team presented as a young vibrant team. They travelled to
Ballarat from Melbourne and we anticipated that they would put up a good game and
possibly challenge our position on the SL4 table. Both teams share the same uniform
colours, so in the tradition of most team sports the visiting team donned an alternate black
strip

Our Team for the day:

Team Members:       Kym Southwell (Captain), Megan Churchill (Vice-Captain),
Tammy Hansford, Emily Innes, Kathryn Clark, Emma Kearney, Claire McKenzie, Ali
Williams, Anna Ryan, Jacinta Polmear and Siddhi (GK)

Bench:                 Beck Hodgetts

Players unavailable: Ebony Stephen, Gemma Walton (GK)

Coach:                 Kim Halbert-Pere

First Aider and Statistician:          Terri Polmear

Pre-Game

The WestVic women are starting to really come together as a team. Their commitment
towards getting to the ground well before the game is a testament to the way they
prepare. The girls enjoy each others company while changing into their uniform and
make the best of catching up with each others news, injuries, illness and the like. Our big
surprise for game day was finding out that Captain Megan was without a voice! Our
resident Speech Pathologist and Captain had come down with laryngitis and respectfully
handed the Captaincy to Kym for the day.

The Game

It didn’t take long for the WestVic Women to take control of the game and having home
ground advantage certainly helped. Notably WestVic maintained the majority of the ball
possession throughout the entire match and managed to restrict Swinburne entering their
attacking zone.

Notable changes to the line up this week was dropping pacey mid fielder Emma back into
the half line and promoting Kat into attack for a challenging run. Fortunately for the
strikers the pace was not as frenetic as last weeks match, resulting in the whole team
running out the game far more comfortably.




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The first half saw Kym’s strong passes assist all of the strikers make aggressive field goal
attempts, unfortunately not resulting in a score. Tammy as always, was solid in her
attacking moves, creating space and forcing many of the games penalty corners. The
forward line were consistently supported by Anna and Emma on the left and Kat, Bec and
Claire on the right.

Tammy and Emily demonstrated good cross leading into space resulting in the Swinburne
defence being continually stretched. The first half score was 4 –0, Tammy scoring two
and Anna and Bec with their first for the season.

Megan and Ali offered excellent support to Siddhi in goal while also clearing the ball on
the few occasions it made its way into Swinburne attack. The girls also demonstrated an
ability to run the ball and take on players from the opposition.

Notable game highlights included Anna’s 1:1 with the goalie (unfortunately resulting in
the goalie lying on the ball), Bec and Claire running hard in defence and Kat scoring the
final goal after the whistle, playing out a penalty corner.

Our journey will only continue to be full of challenges and exciting game moments as we
continue with 12 more stops before we get to the final rounds.


Goal scorers:          Tammy (2), Claire (1), Anna (1) Kat (1), Beck (1)

Best Players:          Anna Ryan, Claire McKenzie & Megan Churchill

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:       Bendigo Bank, Ballarat Gold Bus and Hockey
Ballarat.

Notable mentions: The WestVic Women clapping the family members and supporters
who came and watch the win. We thank you for your support!

Next Week:             We take on Melton in Ballarat at 3.30pm

Report compiled by Kim Halbert-Pere – WestVic Senior Women’s Coach




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The WestVic Senior Women’s Hockey Journey

Destination Number 5:           Melton (Saturday May 17th) at Ballarat

Score: 9-1 (WestVic)

The last time WestVic played Melton, it was an absolute scorcher with both teams
struggling in 40-degree heat. For the WestVic women it was our first pre-season game
against a team in our division – we came away with a convincing and exhilarating 10-0
win. Melton left Ballarat vowing that the next time the result will be significantly
different, as their best players would take the field. They were right….it rained!

Our Team for the day:

Team Members:       Megan Churchill (Captain), Kym Southwell (Vice-Captain),
Tammy Hansford, Emily Innes, Rosie Ballard (debut), Emma Kearney, Claire McKenzie,
Ali Williams, Anna Ryan, Ebony Stephen and Terri Polmear (debut GK).

Bench:                 Kathryn Clark, Beck Hodgetts

Players unavailable: Gemma Walton (GK)

Coach:                 Kim Halbert-Pere

First Aider and Statistician:         Jacinta Polmear

Pre-Game

The cold and wintry conditions presented the team with the first challenge of the day.
Ballarat’s temperature topped 8 degrees and the rain gauges registered a couple of inches.
Megan Churchill was back in fine voice after her laryngitis episode. The team warmly
welcomed our newest debut players Rosie Ballard (ex-Kew) and Terri Polmear who
gallantly volunteered to stand in as Goal Keeper for the day.

The Game…”WESTVIC WOMEN OUTSHINE THE ATROCIOUS WEATHER”

Study, support and strength were three key points going into Round Five against Melton
on Saturday. However, the weather attempted to sabotage the team’s overall goal of
matching the result from last time the teams met in pre-season.

Three out of the first four goals were initiated by clever play from Anna Ryan in left mid
field. The strong attacking leads from the WestVic strikers paid off with Emily Innes
getting two early goals followed by Tammy Hansford. Debut player Rosie Ballard
showed her class in the circle with a rebound goal in what can only be described as a
roundhouse reverse flick past the Melton defence.




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Melton, however were not fazed by the quick WestVic attack and were able to move the
ball convincingly through the middle of the field numerous times to set up penalty corner
opportunities. Their second corner resulted in a direct shot and goal. At the end of the
first half the score line sat at 4-1 WestVic.

The rain only got heavier during the half time break with the teams taking to a field
covered in water. This made fast ball movement extremely difficult. The WestVic
women dug in and patiently waited for opportunities to break free of the tight defence.
Emma Kearney was determined and strong on the ball, proving difficult for the Melton
players to defend.

Vice Captain Kym Southwell played with consistency and accuracy. She capitalized on
the players ability to make space and lead for the ball. All players showed that they were
committed to chasing back when Melton were able to get free hits behind the Westvic
defence. Megan Churchill gave great support for the duration of the match and was able
to switch the play and set up forward attacking movement when necessary. Megan was
also impenetrable in her defensive role, stopping Melton in their tracks.

Claire McKenzie’s playmaking throughout the game set up numerous goals and plays to
the advantage of the high strikers. She was rewarded with a great pass from Rosie at the
top of the circle where she slotted home a convincing direct shot on goal.

As the weather conditions worsened, the Westvic women persevered and put in a solid
effort to the final whistle. Kat Clark scored Westvic’s 9th and final goal leading from the
25metre line to pick up a long corner delivery.

Beck Hodgetts provided great pace and team support with versatility in attack and
defence. Terri Polmear provided the team with peace of mind in goals working hard with
Ali Williams to deter Melton from scoring in the second half.

Congratulations to all the girls for showing excellent team spirit and sportsmanship in
trying conditions.


Goal scorers:          Tammy (3), Emily (3), Claire (1), Rosie (1) Kat (1)

Best on Ground:        Anna Ryan

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:       Bendigo Bank, Ballarat Gold Bus and Hockey
Ballarat.

Notable mentions: The WestVic Women clapping the family members and supporters
who came and watch the win. We thank you for your support!

Next Week:             Collegians-X at the State Hockey Centre, 2pm Sunday

Report compiled by Kim Halbert-Pere – WestVic Senior Women’s Coach


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The WestVic Senior Women’s Hockey Journey

Destination Number 6:           Collegians X (Sunday 25th) State Hockey Centre

Score: 6-0 (WestVic)

Our Team for the day:

Team Members:         Megan Churchill (Captain), Kym Southwell (Vice-Captain),
Jacinta Polmear, Emma Kearney, Claire McKenzie, Ali Williams, Ebony Stephen,
Siddhi, Kathryn Clark, Beck Hodgetts, Emily Innes

Bench:                 Sheridan, Nina Saines, Kate Ryan, Michaela Davies

Players unavailable: Tammy Hansford, Gemma Walton (GK), Rosie Ballard,
                     Anna Ryan

Coach:                 Kim Halbert-Pere

First Aider and Statistician:         Terri Polmear, Judith Yates

Pre-Game

Fortunately the weather for this week’s match was a vast improvement from last
Saturday’s rain. The crowd of family, friends and interested onlookers at the State
Hockey Centre provided a great atmosphere for the WestVic women to take on
Collegians X for the first time in 2008.


The Game…

Sunday’s game was a challenge for all WestVic players. Having several senior players
missing, provided the opportunity for four under 17 girls to experience the pace and
intensity of a senior game. It also allowed for some major position changes between
defensive and attacking players. Megan proved undoubtedly that given the chance, full
backs can score goals and direct play just as well in the strike zone as in defence.

The strikers worked hard with great support from the mid field and halfbacks. Ample
opportunity was taken for field goal shots, with Ebony being a key playmaker setting up
scores for others or taking the shot herself. The scoreline at half time was 4-0 WestVic.

There was plenty of action in the attacking zone with Kym stepping up from the half line
to center forward in the second half. This resulted in Kym scoring two penalty corner
goals to add to the teams tally. Consistent running was apparent from all players, in
particular Kat’s solid work in defence. Her ability to take on the unfamiliar role with
growing confidence is a credit to her and the team.



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Claire took on a decisive senior role for the day by stepping up to the mark with many
great first and second efforts. She provided support to all players especially the younger
under 17 representatives by demonstrating the importance of gaining possession and
passing strongly to presenting leads.

Emma Kearny yet again showed her speed and tenacity at the ball throughout the entire
game. She was able to penetrate spaces through the defence and gained both penalty
corners and field scoring opportunities for the team.

The game was won 6-0 by WestVic.

Although the team is still in the early development stage, credit is due to all players for
committing to each other and creating a playing atmosphere that is supportive and
encourages all members to improve their knowledge and skills.

Next week’s round 7 game is Saturday 3.30pm in Ballarat. This will be a very important
match as top of the table WestVic take on second place MHS/Caufield.

Goal scorers:          Ebony (2), Kym (2), Megan (1), Emily (1)

Best on Ground:        Emma Kearny

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:        Bendigo Bank, Ballarat Gold Bus and Hockey
Ballarat.

Notable mentions: Post game feed back from the under 17 girls and family members
and supporters who came and watch the win. We thank you for your support!

Next Week:             MHS/Caulfield, Ballarat 3.30pm

Report compiled by Kim Halbert-Pere – WestVic Senior Women’s Coach




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