Youth Girls — Echuca 0.0 (0) lost to Finley 11.13 (79)
AFTER a big win last game, the tables were turned this week with Finley showing some excellent plays on the return of their top players for their home game.
Our younger team showed fantastic resilience with a never-give-in display, with heavy work in defence, led by team leaders Rewa O’Brien and Chloe Schmedje, supporting the efforts in defence of Breanna Kaiser and Naomi Villafverte.
Shea Oliver showed plenty of pace on the ball, and along with Livvy Taranto, showed much discipline in manning up to Finley’s best two players.
Charlotte McGillivray and Lacey Rankin also showed their versatility in their different roles during the game, and Ash Kelly showed her style and dash against her bigger opponents.
Others to show improvement every week are Alivia Noonan, Jess Kingsbury along with Rylea Demerlo, who returned with many touches while playing in key positions.
Ruck duties were shared, and it was great to see Lara Bose growing in this key position when called on.
In the end, the quick run and long clearing kicks of key players in the opposition, proved too strong on the day, but made for great efforts to aspire to, as our young team continues to get stronger.
U12s — Echuca Murray Bombers
The full squad turned out for Echuca Murray Bombers game against Echuca United Gold on Friday night.
Senior player Harvey Allan was nominated as captain in challenging wet conditions.
Our coach for the evening was Mick Stephens aided by his son Mitch.
The game started well for the Bombers with Bertie Cunningham scoring an early goal.
Another goal followed after Rocco Giacoponello put in a good effort fighting for the ball and kicking into open space.
The ball was scooped up by Ed Cunningham, who then scored.
Logan Monsant aided the attack after a thoughtful pass from Paddy Kennedy.
Another goal eventuated.
Riley Carr put in a great mark and sliced that ball just missing the posts.
At quarter time coach Stephens said the team needed to be careful with the slippery ball and he was looking for discipline in the next quarter.
Luke Ollermann was paying attention as he put in a tremendous tackle.
Tevo kicked a perfect weighted ball to Dylan Moore.
Jaxon McMinn playing with conviction, repeatedly challenged his opponent.
Thus reward appeared with a goal.
Minutes later Dylan Moore handballed to Jaxon, who managed a thumper of a kick in the range of 40m.
The quarter was sealed by a goal on the siren by River Stevens.
The third quarter was much the same with continuous pressure.
Luke Ollermann scored a goal from a play which started deep in our own defence.
River scored a goal from 30m out followed by Jaxon McMinn.
Play of the day went to Connor McCoy, who had patiently waited in the forward pocket for the ball.
A great mark and swift turn meant his patience had brought fruit with his first goal of the season.
Major change in the team structure for the last quarter gave the team a different feel.
A strong defence meant the Bombers continued to harass United.
Logan Monsant scored a goal followed by Dylan Moore with two in quick succession.
Jaxon McMinn’s efforts were also reaping rewards.
Another goal to River Stevens and the siren blew for fulltime.
Awards: Excellence: Jaxon McMinn; respect: Harvey Allan and effort went to Logan Monsant.
U14s — Echuca Green 19.9 (123) def. Swans Red 1.2 (8)
A foggy Sunday morning created slippery conditions at Vic Park making it difficult to mark the ball.
However, Echuca Green managed to kick straight to begin with a five goal to one quarter.
Dan Hawker continually fed the forward line and Harry Wetton kicked three goals.
The sun came out for the second quarter as well as our big men, Taj Elliot and Ryan Mann, who took marks, kicked long and continued the forward feeding.
Corbin Anderson benefited with three goals for the quarter.
Shepparton Swans Red kept the pressure on all game with the last half a real arm wrestle and many players played out of position.
However, Tyler Greentree, Lachie Watson, Brodie Wilson and Matt Gazelle stood up and showed their class around the ground to contribute to a big scoring second half, kicking at least four goals each quarter.
Corbin Anderson kicked eight goals, Harry Wetton four, Matt Gazelle three, singles kicked by Gus Toll, Lachie Watson, Jordan and Kyle Green.
Awards were won by Sam Lowndes, Dan Hawker, Gus Toll, Isaac Watson, Kyle and Jordan Green.
Echuca Murray Bombers played Shepp Notre Maroon on Sunday.
EMB were missing five regulars and the opposition took advantage early on.
However, some good work by Kobey Allsop, Sam Edgar, Logan Orr and Makai Cronin in the first quarter gave EMB the lead at quarter time.
In the second quarter some great teamwork from brothers Nick and Luke Stone extended the lead.
Lachie Donchi and Tighe O’Brien were starting to get on top up forward.
The game opened up in the third quarter.
Jasper Quinlan, Lewis Rolfe and Jace Tonkins were getting plenty of the ball feeding it out to runners Chay Williams, Jack Morely and Orlando Gonzales.
Tom Evans, Fletcher Ball and Jed Dargan started the last quarter in great fashion.
Their work enabled Jet Westblade and Dermot Ritchie to run the ball forward to the forwards.
Awards: Koby Allsop, Lachie Donchi, Orlando Gonzales, Nick Stone, Jace Tonkins and Chay William.
Special mention to Tighe O’Brien with nine goals.