Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Friday night sees a full round of Premier League hockey fixtured across the Adelaide metro area, and a full weekend of State Senior Championships hockey showcasing the best of both metro and country hockey at various venues around the state.

This week's Premier League men contains a number of what should be closely contested matches. Free scoring and undefeated to date Port Adelaide plays its first match on the new Adelaide University pitch at 6.30pm, against a rebuilding but youthful and athletic Burnside. No matter the positions on the table the Magpies v Bulldogs match is a traditional grudge fixture and this will be no different, Port having several key outs this week with State representative commitments in a test of their depth. In what promises to be a great night of hockey at this venue, at 8pm a much improved Forestville (2 wins from 2 starts after missing out on the top four last year), under new player-coach Jamie Bahnisch, take on powerhouse of recent seasons Seacliff, who are still coming to grips with several personnel changes but are always dangerous with their fast brand of attacking hockey.

Match of the round is undoubtedly Adelaide v last year's premiers North East (6.30pm at the State Hockey Stadium), Adelaide bolstered this year by the return of midfield dominator Jake Stacy for the entire season, whilst North East always play a disciplined team style. Both Adelaide Uni and Woodville will be looking to post their first win of the season in the 8pm fixture at this venue, with Woodville in particular having done some soul searching over the Easter break and hoping to bounce back from last round's 12-0 drubbing by the rampant Magpies.

In the women's round, last year's runners up Port Adelaide will be tested by a top of the table and undefeated Burnside (7pm at North East), Port will be looking to take advantage of scoring chances created following a disappointing 0-0 draw with Woodville last round, and will miss the potency of young strikers Leah Welstead and Courtney Rudd on state duty this week. Port Adelaide's ground hosts competition strugglers (to date) Seacliff and Forestville at 6.30pm, with Seacliff favoured to win in what could be a tight contest, while the consistent and experienced Uni girls play improved Woodville 8pm at the same venue.

In national under 18 championships underway currently, the SA girls are flying, having won all 3 matches to date, although the traditional hockey powers to come will surely test their mettle, whilst the boys have only one point from their 3 matches to date with the tough fixtures yet to come.

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