Under 12 Lightning Premiership
Echuca United gold
On a stellar day for football, Echuca United gold took on Echuca United blue, Kyabram and Tongala in division two of the Goulburn Campaspe Junior Football League under-12 Lightning Premiership.
The first hit out was against training mates United blue and was a strongly contested game.
Gold got the jump in the first half with Blue coming back in the second.
Strong tackles were key in the match and two goals to Ollie Poole got the Gold team over the line.
The second match was against Kyabram who were coming of a strong win against Tongala, but Gold dug deep and strong marks from Bryce Barnstable in the goal square helped the team register the win.
The final game of the day against Tongala was a must win to secure the points.
Dylan Purbrick put up his hand to ruck for the whole match and gave the smaller on-ballers plenty of opportunities.
Ridley Gass had been running all day and continued in the last, taking on opponents and driving the ball into the forward line.
Lenny Cook showed plenty of dash and Riley Godfrey applied his trademark run and bounce down the wings.
Ryan Stobaus was the general in the backline and kept directing the play and helping out his team mates, Hunter Beveridge and Liam Gronow in their first year of football showed they will be valuable contributors in the future with their attack on the ball and willingness to take on much bigger opponents and Samual Fisher presented all day and was well supported by the tackling machine in Lachy Sands.
Fayte Belmont-Wickliffe ended up with some claret from the nose which reflected his no fear approach when diving into packs.
Ollie Poole chipped in with another goal to seal the win.
The coaching team was extremely pleased to see the players improve during the year and at the same time enjoy their football.
A big thankyou to all the parents who have helped out during the year, especially to Donna Pearce as our team manager.
A great day, better year and looking forward to the players v parents day on Friday night.
Echuca White went into Sunday’s lightning premiership full of confidence after going through the season undefeated.
A spanner was thrown in the works when full-back Jarred Spedding became ill and ruckman James Head went on a snow trip.
But any doubts were put aside with solid wins against Echuca Bombers, Echuca Green and Rochester to win the division one lightning premiership.
Inspirational performances from captain Sam Edgar, Rhylan Johnson (five goals), River Stevens and Darchi Clarke across the three games was awesome.
The defence was rock solid all day with Harry Barden, Jaxson McMinn, Hurrikane Hudson, Connor Armstrong and Tyson Bourke.
Up forward and through the middle Fletcher Ball, Lachlan Donchi, Sol Fleming, Jed Dargan, Carson Smith, Jack Morley, Luke Stone and Will Poulton were lively all day.
In a great team performance all day everyone did their bit with Tyler Greentree, Harvey White and Hunter Christian doing a great job.
Great achievement from all the boys and it was great to see the sportsmanship of all the Echuca teams singing the club song together at the end of the day.
The Goulburn Valley League seniors clash between Echuca and Rochester was an appropriate curtain raiser before the under 14 inter-club battle and provided a great crowd and atmosphere for our last home-and-away game.
Echuca Green was keen to not let White get the head start they got last time the teams met, but unfortunately Green couldn’t contain White in the first quarter.
The back line of Green worked hard all day and were under constant pressure.
Match intensity increased in the second quarter and each time the ball went into the forward half Green scored.
In the third quarter the Green tackling and shepperds were spot on and at times Green players were able to lead.
Playing as well as Green have for the season they found White were too strong. The three goal kickers were Seth Wight, Austin Reinehr and Seb Monahan.
Awards were presented to captain of the day Joylon Hogan, Taj Elliott, Harry Wetton, Haylen Danziger and Seb Monahan.
Friday night the team took on Rochester for the last round of the season and from the first bounce they exploded out of the centre with Ned Osborne kicking true.
Colbie Vrendenberg (3 goals) was all over the ground and strong play in the backline from Jayda Richardson and Brodie Marriott saw the ball driven forward along the wing to Rove Hocking, off-loaded to Baxter Anderson (1 goal) and into the hands of Lachlan Carter (2 goals) who scored.
Matthew Cartwright played well out of the centre combining with Luka Simpson (2 goals) and an inform James Bentley (1 goal) moving the ball forward to Jaxon Bishop (1 goal) splitting the big sticks.
With all positions flipped the roles were reversed and Moama applied some strong tackling and when Darcy Bruns stood tall up forward, Jacob Percy (1 goal) was able to add to the score with consistent effort. Jayda kicked two goals for the quarter.
Jake Bringans (1 goal) had a solid night out and Zane Lochhead brushed off a thumping hit to put in a good performance on the wing.
Will Norris played well in the back pocket and on the wing as did Lachlan Hewes and Callam Palmer (1 goal) was right in amongst it.
Another good win and great effort by all.
Bests: Colbie Vrendenberg, Baxter Anderson, Ned Osborne, Luka Simpson, Brodie Marriott, Rove Hocking, Jake Bringans.
Echuca youth girls
A hard fought contest at Mooroopna, with two very determined teams saw Echuca win out, against Shepparton United, with lots of courage, great team play and some inspiring acts, to win the game 4.5 (29) to 2.10 (22).
Throughout the game, the scores were never more than a goal the difference and at three quarter time, scores were level.
At both ends of the ground Aisha Kirchhofer at half back and Tyler Neville at half forward provided a lot of strength at these pivotal positions, while on the ball the tireless efforts of Sharmaine Reilly and dash of Jeje Mirasol were electric.
Ally Costas played with great strength and courage until injured while Brianna Kaiser paved the way through the backlines with a strong return to the team.
All looking forward to the preliminary final at Deakin Reserve at Shepparton this week.