Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS - By SALLY RED­FERN

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.

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