Southside find a leader

NATHAN Christensen has what it takes to turn Southside United into premiership contenders in 2011.

Newly-appointed Southside player/coach Nat Druery believes Christensen has done a great job so far in his first season as captain of the club’s A grade men’s hockey side.

Christensen scored a goal in the side’s 7-1 loss to reigning premiers Wanderers on the weekend and, according to Druery, led from the front.

“He’s stepped up for us big time this season,” Druery said.

Druery believes Christensen, who is still only 17-years-old, has the ability to lead the side and will only get better as they move through the season.

“The last three games he’s handled it very well. We’ve got a really young team, younger than him, and these kids look up to him,” Druery said.

Despite the 7-1 demolition, Druery isn’t about to push the panic button with the first year coach admitting he expected Wanderers to be at the level they displayed on Saturday evening.

“At this point of the year, (the scoreline) is an indication of how far off we are,” Druery said.

“We’ve got some young players and some new players in the side, so as the year moves on we’ll get better.”

It was Wanderers passing game early in the match which helped Wanderers striker Todd Harmsworth score the first three goals of the contest.

Harmsworth, who was joined on the score sheet by Baden Plummer, Aaron Thompson and Steven Evans, said the side’s crisp movement through the field helped create opportunities for him.

“We played well as a team. Our first few goals were really good team goals,” Harmsworth said.

A1 Hockey

A1 Men - Wanderers 7 def Southside United 1; Park Avenue Brothers 2 def Frenchville Rovers 1.

A1 Women - Southside United 3 def Wanderers 1; Park Avenue Brothers 7 def Frenchville Rovers 0.

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