United bounce back

June 05, 2018

Echuca United v Shepparton East, 93-58 win.

INJURY CRISIS? Not at Echuca United.

The club didn’t lose a game of football or netball across any grade on Saturday.

Even with key players Zach Mihocek (leg), Nathan Bottomley (hamstring) and Sam Toulmin (quad) as outs for the Shepparton East match, the Eagles still got across the line comfortably — by 35 points.

After United’s shocking 0-4 start to the season, the team has collectively bounced back in the best way possible, by winning the next four games.

And, having won as many as they’ve lost, they now look set to continue that great run of form this Saturday against the Deniliquin Rams.

Wooden spooners the Rams are yet to record a win in the 2018 Murray Football League, and could well be the next victims of a (now) well-oiled Eagles outfit.

Echuca United coach Guy Campbell said although his side picked up a few injuries during the match, he wasn’t willing to discuss the extent or severity of those injured until later in the week.

Campbell said the focus should remain on how well his team played, and the recovery they had made in recent weeks.

‘‘I’m very happy with the boys, it was near on a four-quarter effort and a solid performance,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘We just needed to work in those opening rounds. To be (winning games) with our backs against the wall in regards to injury, it shows us promising signs, and we’re only going to get stronger as the weeks go on.’’

Campbell said the reason the side had responded so well was due to the depth in the talent pool at the Eagles.

‘‘It’s the depth in our ranks and the calibre of side we’re playing too,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re not playing against a Barooga or Nathalia which has to be taken into consideration.

‘‘But in saying that we are looking forward to playing the benchmark teams of the comp. You’re always building to take on a side like that,’’ he said.

With the Deniliquin match on the horizon, United’s goal now is to remain in striking distance of the top four, before launching late on to claim a spot near the podium.

‘‘There’s a chance now of progressing further up the ladder. In the long term we want to be in the top four — short term is to take the challenge on and progress up the ladder,’’ Campbell said.

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