EUROA JUNIOR FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB – UNDER 14 FOOTBALL
Euroa v St Mary’s EUROA under 14s went into the match on Sunday, August 6, against St Mary’s with no doubt in their collective minds. They had to win. With Euroa holding only a two point lead on the ladder ahead of St Mary’s and Wandong, and with Sunday the final round of the home and away season, the maths was simple - win.
Classy goals to Baxter Ramsden and Charlie Watson in the first five minutes saw the Euroa team and supporters all settle into the game.
Euroa’s runner Tim Lawrence’s booming encouragement could be heard all over the ground as the Magpies dived, slid and rolled around the muddy Memorial Oval.
Josh Higgins, Robert Lawrence, Ryan Spencer and Robert Smith were all strong in defence, reluctantly allowing only one goal to the Saints in the first term.
St Mary’s had a good second quarter and controlled the play for most of the 15 minutes.
The Magpies, on the other hand, looked a bit slow, with their usual fleetness of foot being hampered by the pretty ordinary conditions.
The sky got darker, the wind started blowing and the rain teemed down.
Flashes of lightning and a downpour of hail saw play suspended and both teams went into the sanctity of the change rooms.
Euroa had a seven point lead when play resumed, and then Baxter Ramsden slotted through his second goal for the game to extend the lead to 13 points.
Aurora Smith and Nic McCabe were playing clever, wet weather footy, staying low to the ground and simply pushing the ball forward at every opportunity.
It was a great team third quarter from the Magpies who inch by inch extended their lead to 17 points at the final change.
St Mary’s had a number of shots at goal at the start of the fourth term, and brought the margin back to 11 points.
For the remainder of the game the football travelled up and down the oval as both teams tried everything to cement their place in the finals, but at the final siren it was the ‘Mighty Magpies’ who were victorious.
Euroa now take their deserving place in the finals that begin next week, and will be determined to continue their recent run of wins. Go Magpies! Final score: Euroa 5.1 31; St Mary’s 3.2.20.