Tigers run short
IT WAS a black day at the office for the Rochester Football Club under 16s following another week without a full list.
The young Tigers had Blake Evans step up from under 14s to allow Rochester to field 18 players, but again, no bench against Kyabram Black who took the game 15.8 (98) to 8.6 (54).
The opening term was all about Ky and it seemed every time it entered the oppostition’s forward 50 a goal resulted.
The Tigers’ backline was slow to start and before they had really switched on Kyabram had five goals on the board.
The Tigers started to tighten up on their opposition but the damage was already done and at quarter time Ky had a sevengoal break.
The second quarter opened with a great snap goal from Blake Evans who roved the pack brilliantly from a long kick to the point of the goal square.
From the restart the Tigers won the centre clearance and a boundary throw-in saw a snap from Nathan Kay land in the goal square to be soccered off the ground for the Tigers’ second goal by Nash Hocking.
The backline was applying plenty of pressure and when a free kick was paid down the ground Jack Oogjes marked strongly, went back and kicked a long goal.
Again, it was rebound football with a clearance by the Tigers seeing Zac Oaff kicking long to the goal square where, it was one of the Tigers smaller players, Kyle Waters who roved the pack and kicked Rochester’s fourth in a row for the term.
Closing the gap to three goals the Tigers looked in the hunt, but two late goals to Ky Black had the difference 31 points at half-time.
The Tigers regained their composure and the pressure and run from Broden Evans and Sam Wilson saw the ball being locked in the Tigers forward 50.
The lift in intensity paid off with Kay winning the ball and getting it out to Oogjes who snapped a major across his body.
Oogjes repaid the assist a few minutes later when he got the ball to Blake Evans for two in a row to the Tigers.
Ky Black closed out the term kicking another goal to be back out to a 45-point lead at the last change.
Rochester continued to run out the game and the small forwards proved their worth roving packs and scoring.
A great goal on the run by Gus Martin saw back-to-back goals to the home side but that was to be their last hurrah.
Goals: Blake Evans 2, Jack GVL A-grade Echuca 44 lt Shepparton 45. Best, Echuca: L. Drysdale, E. Gregor, D. Kent. Shepparton: K. Commane, L. Ryan, M. Gibson.
Swans 36 d Mooroopna 35. Best, Swans: J. Brunier, K. Jeffery, K. Down. Mooroopna: M. Wong, A. Lancaster, M. Lenehan-Mustafa.
Euroa 62 d Mansfield 40. Best, no details available.
Rochester 33 lt Benalla 41. No details available.
Shepp Utd 63 d Seymour 26. Best, Shepp Utd: P. Wilson, K. Hommes, S. Bonn. Seymour: C. Cook, E. O’Sullivan, A. Mascitti. Kyabram 56 d Tatura 23.
B-grade Oogjes 2, Nash Hocking, Kyle Waters, Gus Martin, Grant Fuller.
Awards: Paramount Cinemas Echuca, Broden Evans; Sportspower Rochester, Jack Oogjes; Paul Evans Welding, Gus Martin; Rochester Caravan Park, Nathan Kay; Caltex Rochester, Zac Oaff; Pizza Hut Shepparton, Sam Wilson; Rochester Wine Tavern, Nash Hocking.
THE boys came up against Moama White, keen to build on what has been a great start to the year and right from the start the boys were firing and keen to get on top early.
Nate Rasmussen was on the end of some great play up the field and kicked two first quarter goals and a great snap from Tobie Woodfine gave the Rochy boys three goals in the opening term.
The team continued to play some terrific footy in the next quarter with Charlie Palmer dominating the ruck and taking countless strong marks all over the ground.
Hunter Wileman bobbed up everywhere and took some terrific marks in what was his best game of the season and Blake Roulston was his typical dashing best and continuously banged the ball back into the forward line.
The third quarter was also all Rochy and Jai Milligan kicked his second goal to cap off another strong performance.
Noah Martin was strong in the backline and earned many kicks across half back and Brodie Moon played a great game on the wing, Declan Pearse continued his great season with some excellent defensive work and Darby Wileman proved impossible to tackle.
The boys dropped off a little in the last quarter, but were still
Echuca 44 lt Shepparton 45, Euroa 42 d Mansfield 38, Rochester 35 lt Benalla 40, Swans 55 d Mooroopna 30, Shepp Utd 49 d Seymour 40. Kyabram 35 d Tatura 21.
B-Reserve Echuca 25 lt Shepparton 42. Best, T. Sampson, K. Stevens, K. Rogers. Shepp not supplied.
Euroa 56 d Mansfield 39, Rochester 40 d Benalla 27, Shepp Swans 58 d Mooroopna 37, Shepp Utd 73 d Seymour 22. Kyabram 63 d Tatura 6.
17 & Under Echuca 31 lt Shepparton 33. Best, Echuca: C. Mawson, B. Byrne, M. Byrne. Shepparton: E. Scott, S. Halden, L. Kilpatrick. Euroa 35 lt Mansfield 36, Rochester 44 lt Benalla 46, able to record a comfortable win.
Harrison Foster was terrific in the last quarter with his strong hands and accurate kicking setting up play all over the field. Jack Seabrook’s confidence continues to rise and he is getting better each week.
Gary Milligan has got the boys playing some terrific team footy and they are getting better and better each week.
Last Friday night, the under 12 team did battle under lights against Moama.
Charlie Palmer was dominant in the ruck and many times the opposition did not bother trying to compete against him.
Reed Hocking was the captain for the night and played a wonderful captains game.
He was in everything with his hard tackling and hard running and Nate Rasmussen dominated on the wing, time after time he would burst away from packs and ended the night with three great goals.
Declan Pearse stood up again in defence and he was well supported by Ashlin Hatcliffe who had his best game for the year.
Hunter Wileman bobbed up with some great marks and his brother, Darby was again at his elusive best as he dodged in and out of packs to drive the ball forward.
Blake Roulston set himself up behind the play and his ferocious attack on the footy earned him plenty of kicks and Noah O’Sullivan did some incredible spoiling, managing to get his hand to the ball when he was out of position.
Jai Milligan played his second game of the year and is getting better and better with each game.
The boy’s teamwork and willingness to help each other out was brilliant and it resulted in a comfortable win. Swans 35 lt Mooroopna 39, Shepp Utd 87 d Seymour 25. Kyabram 41 d Tatura 27.
GVL LADDERS A-grade W L D B For Agst SHEPP UTD...... 5 0 0 0 276 172 1 KYABRAM......... 4 0 0 0 224 83 2 MOOROOPNA .. 4 1 0 0 190 154 1 EUROA.............. 3 2 0 0 232 245 BENALLA .......... 2 2 1 0 188 197 SWANS ............. 2 2 1 0 195 219 SHEPPARTON.. 2 2 0 0 149 155 TATURA ............ 2 2 0 0 130 158 ECHUCA ........... 1 3 0 0 180 178 1 SEYMOUR ........ 1 4 0 0 172 198 ROCHESTER.... 1 4 0 0 182 232 MANSFIELD...... 0 5 0 0 150 277 B-grade: Benalla 20, Kyabram 16, Shepp Utd 12, Shepparton 12, Swans 12, Mansfield 12, Echuca 8, Rochester 8, Seymour 8 , Mooroopna 4, Euroa 4, Tatura 0. B-Reserve: Swans 20, Shepparton 20, Shepp Utd 16, Rochester 12, Echuca 12, Mooroopna 12, Kyabram 8, Mansfield 8, Seymour 4, Euroa 4, Benalla 0, Tatura 0. 17 & Under: Shepp Utd 20, Echuca 16, Shepparton 16, Mooroopna 12, Rochester 12, Benalla 12, Mansfield 12, Swans 8, Seymour 8, Kyabram 0, Euroa 0, Tatura 0.
Zac Oaff clears the defensive 50 for Rochester against Kyabram Black in the under 16s.