‘Timely’ hiccup for reserves
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.
IN THE THICK OF IT: Matt Douglas showed his strength and ability throughout the game.