‘Timely’ hic­cup for re­serves

Euroa Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORTS - By SCOTT WAT­SON

AS coach James Ivill and Paul An­der­son lamented last Thurs­day evening be­fore an­nounc­ing the team – the chal­lenge of Re­serve grade foot­ball is never end­ing.

At 5pm last Thurs­day the Euroa coaches were look­ing to have to in­form a few play­ers of the un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion of hav­ing to be omit­ted from the team due to too many play­ers, yet by 8pm this team were with­out a bench for the clash against Rochester.

Not sure if it was due to a com­bi­na­tion of the dreaded ‘ lurgy’ head­ing round the traps at the mo­ment or the mas­sive road trip that is play­ing at Rochester, yet the re­sult meant the team took to the field a lit­tle ‘thin­ner’ than what they would have liked.

This meant lit­tle how­ever for the play­ers who in­deed put on the jumper and played from the open­ing bounce or com­ing in off the bench as their de­ter­mi­na­tion and de­sire to get an­other win on the board for the top of the lad­der Mag­pies was in­deed first rate.

De­spite this, the Rochester op­po­nents had plans of their own as they placed score­board pres­sure on the Euroa boys right from the out­set.

Cap­tain Linc McKer­nan was his ever-re­liant self as was the classy vet­eran Travis Burls - to­gether they held the back­line to ac­count.

Matt Dou­glas be­gan the game like a house on fire, fad­ing later on as the joys of a few weeks in Bali caught up with him.

A few in­juries through­out the match com­pounded yet the al­ready dif­fi­cult task of con­tain­ing a ram­pant Rochester as both Har­ri­son Lane and Matt Hess suf­fered se­vere in­juries with the lat­ter hob­bling round the for­ward line for the bet­ter part of a half of foot­ball.

Per­haps it might be the ‘loss we had to have’ as coaches and play­ers alike lamented in the rooms af­ter the fi­nal siren yet noth­ing short of a de­ter­mined bounce-back against last year’s Re­serve premier­ship team in Mansfield is on the cards for the next game, at Mansfield, on August 12.

Fi­nal score: Euroa 4.6.30; Rochester 9.7.61 Goals: S Pat­ten 2, J Smith, J Ivill Best: T Burls, J Smith, H Sav­ille, W Mur­ray, J Ivill, M Dou­glas.

PHOTO: Dale Mann

IN THE THICK OF IT: Matt Dou­glas showed his strength and abil­ity through­out the game.

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