UNITED travelled to Numurkah for a big test, with Bodhi Chique kicking the first goal of the game and giving players great belief.
Down by three points at quarter time we were here to play, and showed Numurkah we were a team to be worried about coming into the finals.
All our players did everything they were asked.
After an even first half, United was down by nine at the main break.
With a 15-point margin to Numurkah when the final siren sounded our boys could hold their heads high — the game giving them great confidence coming into the finals this week.
Goals to Bodhi Chique 1, Corey Garner 2 and Jesse Garner 2.
Every player was awarded $5 this week for the fantastic effort.
AFTER a closely fought three quarters, United managed to kick away in the last term booting four unanswered goals against Numurkah to run away with a good win, which was pleasing to see.
Curtis Hayes was inspiring playing in several positions and getting plenty of the ball. Brodie ‘‘The Swingman’’ Dixon proved his value this week playing as a forward and showing his footy smarts and capability by kicking two handy goals and adding great versatility to the team.
Jack Steel again showed poise and class across half-back picking off the loose footy and using it to the side’s advantage. Mitch Stephens was as solid as ever leading the way and giving great leadership to the side, standing up when it mattered.
Dylan Goulding — another player who can play many positions — was also causing problems for Numurkah across half-forward, helping himself to a goal, while the smooth-moving Nick Phillips was sensational in the forward line, providing a great target and putting four sausage rolls through the big sticks.
Hopefully the boys can continue with the same endeavour and commitment they showed in the last part of the game as they head into their elimination final this Saturday.
Final scores Echuca United 9.7-61 defeated Numurkah 7.1-43.
Awards: C Hayes, B Dixon, J Steel, M Stephens, D Goulding and N Phillips.
The last round of the year saw us face off against Nathalia.
The first quarter started off well with Huddo dominating at centre-half-forward and with plenty of clearances in the middle.
James Whitehead was everywhere with plenty of forward thrusts.
The second and third quarter saw the boys consolidate their lead with Zac Stovell kicking his first goal for the year and Noah Milner proving a surprise packet up forward.
The last quarter saw the boys put the pedal down and run away comfortable winners.
Thanks to all the parents and helpers for helping out throughout the year and let’s have a great finals series.
Echuca youth girls
A WINDY cold day at the premier ground of Deakin Reserve saw another hard-fought contest for the preliminary final on Sunday.
Echuca Youth Girls never gave in to the top side Shepp Notre, but went down in gallant style 1.2 (8) to 8.13 (61).
This team continued to build through the year on their close team tactics, continuing to grow in their support for each other and providing great contests with all opponents along the way.
Getting to the preliminary final was a great effort, fittingly deserving a place in the top three of the competition.
There were no passengers again in this game, with all players giving their all.
Leading the charge and taking on players much bigger and stronger was Jeje Mirasol, with a feisty on-ball role, while Chelsea Old showed a clean pair of heels in many a chase.
Rewa O’Brien was again strong and dashing in defence while Liv Taverna chased down many an opponent with her run.
Nikita Reilly showed plenty of dash up forward and worked well with Bridie Wren who created a great opportunity to kick a goal.
This ends the season for the Youth Girls in which every player can be very proud, in their growth as players and as a team.
Well done all.