Re­ward for team footy

Rochester’s Ja­cob At­ley on the burst against Be­nalla in the un­der 18 elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

Campaspe News - - GOLF NOTES - By JESS GLED­HILL

ROCHESTER thirds got across the line on Sun­day in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal at Be­nalla Show­grounds, tak­ing down a strong Be­nalla line-up on its home park.

The young Tigers played a prom­i­nent team brand of footy to come away with the 11-point win and had some no­table in­di­vid­ual ef­forts dur­ing the game.

The back­line lead by Har­ri­son McPhee, Joel Haitsma and Ri­ley Wachter worked tire­lessly all game, keep­ing the Saints goal-less in the first term kick­ing 0.2 to the Tigers 2.3 for a 13-point ad­van­tage at quar­ter-time.

Up for­ward, Noah Vre­den­berg’s pres­sure al­lowed him to make most of his op­por­tu­ni­ties for a cheeky goal.

The Tigers pushed out their lead by a goal in the sec­ond, scor­ing 3.2 to the Saints 2.2 to be up 35-16 at half time.

A fight back from the Saints in the third saw the scores level go­ing into the fi­nal term at 6.6 (42) apiece.

But the Rochy boys kept their heads, es­pe­cially in the de­fence end to limit the Saints to just two points in the last.

They had the luck of go­ing into the scor­ing end and worked the ball into their for­ward 50 to score cru­cial goals, the fi­nal score­board 8.7 (55) to 6.8 (44) in Rochy’s favour.

Joshua Flight ended the day with three goals and Charles Ward, Ryan Oog­jes, Bai­ley Wile­man and An­drew Hen­der­son were the other goal scor­ers on one each.

Charles Ward, Matt Kel­lett, Ja­cob At­ley, Dy­lan Oaff, Har­ri­son McPhee and Ri­ley Coghill were named in the bests play­ers and coach El­liot Bowen said any one of the play­ers could’ve been named.

‘‘It was a con­fi­dence boost­ing win for the team,’’ Bowen said.

‘‘They worked to­gether and played team over in­di­vid­ual footy to come away with a good win.

‘‘It’s the first fi­nals win in the thirds since 2010 and they de­serve to sit back and en­joy it af­ter all the hard work dur­ing the year to get there.’’

They had a mas­sive chal­lenge against Kyabram’s power-house thirds this Sun­day at Euroa.

The Bombers al­most went through the sea­son un­de­feated be­fore one loss in the fi­nal home and away round.

‘‘We pushed (Kyabram) at the start of the year and they got the bet­ter of us the sec­ond time around at Ky,’’ Bowen said.

‘‘But we’ll go out there and give it a crack.

‘‘The boys have al­ready won a fi­nal which is fan­tas­tic for the club and they’ll go out with no pres­sure on them this Sun­day.’’

Rochester Pri­mary School stu­dents cel­e­brate win­ning the over­all tro­phy at the dis­trict schools car­ni­val.

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