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Echuca’s two seasons are now back on song

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June 05, 2018

TWO games.

Both games the Murray Bombers were expected to win — and win easily.

And that’s exactly how it all played out.

Echuca dominated Mooroopna last week in Goulburn Valley League football and this week it put Shepparton Swans to the sword.

In a dominant showing, the Murray Bombers booted 23 goals on Saturday.

Young gun Angus Byrne led the way with four goals, one of 13 goal kickers in bottle green.

Despite the score, this was not the best football that Echuca has played this season.

Much like the rest of the year, there were patches of play where the Murray Bombers looked elite.

In those moments of the match, they looked like they could be anyone.

An eight-goal second quarter and a seven-goal last showed that when the ball got moving, they could be unstoppable.

But this is expected. Good sides should be beating these teams, and easily.

The mark of where Echuca sits in 2018 comes in the next four weeks — and they know it.

The next four games see the Murray Bombers take on the three sides directly below them — Shepparton, Rochester and Mansfield.

To round off the month, they head to Tatura, a side they beat in round one.

There is no illusion at Vic Park.

‘‘This is an incredibly important month of football,’’ Echuca co-coach Simon Maddox said.

‘‘We have some really big games of football coming up in the next few weeks, with where those sides are positioned on the ladder, it’s the kind of month that makes our season if we can get the results we want.’’

The Murray Bombers took the opportunity to get ready for the next month of football against the Swans.

Two of the clubs biggest names — co-coach Andrew Walker and Morrison Medallist Simon Buckley — remained on the sidelines for the game.

‘‘Bucks had a bit or soreness, so we chose to sit him out,’’ Maddox said.

‘‘We made the decision with Andrew that he could benefit from coaching from the bench in this game to get a different view of what is going on.

‘‘It’s tough to coach from the field, so it was a big gain for him to see it from another angle.’’

However the club sees the result — as a big win or as preparation for the next month — the fact remains that Echuca are now 5-3, sitting in fifth and looking towards what could be their best season in some time.

So long as the wins keep coming.

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