Simon Maddox, Echuca co-coach: ‘‘Shepparton were really good. They’re obviously a really good side, and we rate them pretty highly.
‘‘We probably over-possessed the ball a bit, and didn’t use it well to get out of that.
‘‘We will need to work on it through this week and start looking ahead to Rochy.’’
Sean Harrap, Shepparton coach: ‘‘I thought all our mids were really good, I thought ‘Rokes’ (Nik Rokahr) really stood up, (Andronaco) up forward kicked five and even Jonty Wardle down back, I thought he really competed well and supported his teammates in the air.
‘‘But we really could have picked 12 or more blokes in our best.’’
Guy Campbell, Echuca United: ‘‘The positives we have are the blokes coming back next week. If the wheels have fallen off somewhere there’s no point leaving them on now and we want to see who wants to actually play for the club. We had some blokes in there who did a good job on the weekend, but they didn’t have the backing of the rest of the group. I certainly made it known that things like that can’t happen. The team that was out there was capable.’’
Clint Free, Deniliquin president: ‘‘We decided to play four kids up from the thirds and it just worked — it was unbelievable really. It was a bit of see how it goes, not discrediting the guys in the firsts but we had to mix it up. They were Will Shaw, John Bowie, who was named in the best, Dylan Mills played as a sub and Darcy Morris played on the wing and just ran all day. There was a great crowd there but it was the icing on the cake for us. Our average age was 20. It was my birthday last week and I asked for a win. It came a week late but I don’t mind.’’