Mag­pies back on win­ners list


Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By SCOTT WAT­SON

THE Euroa se­nior team bounced back onto the win­ners list at the week­end with a win over the Mans­field Ea­gles in Mans­field.

JD Hayes re­turned, along­side high-pro­file re­cruit Ro­han Bail and ex­cit­ing young­sters Kayne David­son and Jett Trot­ter.

These four in­clu­sions were fur­ther com­pli­mented by the late call-up of lo­cal boy Jack Broughton for his first se­nior game for the club.

This was a well- de­served pro­mo­tion re­ward­ing ex­cel­lent ef­fort in the re­serve grade team through­out the year.

The game be­gan well with both sides play­ing some fast-mov­ing high qual­ity foot­ball on the some­what small Mans­field ground.

Ja­cob Glee­son again dis­played all the calm­ness of an ex­pe­ri­enced veteran cou­pled with the ad­ven­ture of a young ex­cite­ment ma­chine as he re­peat­edly made ex­cel­lent use of the ball both in the heavy traf­fic and out in the open.

This meant the likes of Will McFar­lane, Jett Trot­ter, Brad Glee­son (play­ing his 101st game and run­ning through the ban­ner as is cus­tom) and Brad Cun­ning­ham were able to be on the end of some good de­liv­ery into the for­ward line.

The back six had a slight read- just­ment af­ter quar­ter time with Ben Har­ri­son tak­ing charge in the ab­sence of that man Adam Tar­rant.

This group again dis­played ex­cel­lent team de­fence through­out this quar­ter to set-up many for­ward moves, re­sult­ing in a num­ber of goals.

The Mag­pies were duly able to put score­board pres­sure on the Mans­field team from here on in as the game de­vel­oped into an en­ter­tain­ing af­fair in the sec­ond half.

With a 10 goal lead at three quar­ter time and the breeze at their back, the Mag­pies, now miss­ing a cou­ple due to in­juries in­curred in the match (best wishes to Ben Hayes here), ran out the match well win­ning the quar­ter, al­beit slightly, to se­cure the match by 11 goals.

A tight tus­sle is ex­pected again on Satur­day with the Tatura Bull­dogs on the Me­mo­rial Oval in Euroa.

Two games to go and the fi­nal six, apart from top spot, not quite set­tled means ev­ery match is vi­tal in the quest to fin­ish in the most ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion for a crack at the flag!

Cori­dol­lar: Last week’s win­ners of the Cori­dol­lars draws were Nate Trot­ter (num­ber 208) and Brad McCann (num­ber 297).

Mag­pie Magic Mem­ber­ships: The sev­enth and eighth win­ners of the cur­rent 50 weeks of draws hap­pened last week at the club with Brian and Gus Var­ley (num­ber 34) as well as Ri­ley and Jye Bjork­sten (num­ber 6) each tak­ing out the $500 cash!

Spon­sor of the week: Next Of­fice Tech (formerly So­lar City Of­fice)

Please note that the club is hold­ing a so­cial func­tion this Satur­day evening, Au­gust 19: Oc­to­ber­fest!

Come along from 7pm, for a won­der­ful night! ‘My town, my club, my team!’ Fi­nal score: Euroa 19.17.131; Mans­field 9.10.64

Goal Kick­ers: W. McFar­lane 5, J. Bar­ing 3, J. Trot­ter 2, J. Hayes 2, B. Glee­son 2, R. Bail 2, N. Gilliland, B. Cun­ning­ham, R. Bjork­sten

Best Play­ers: J. Bar­ing, R. Bail, J. Trot­ter, B. Storer, W. McFar­lane

STRONG HANDS: Will McFar­lane took con­trol in this con­test and added to his five goal to­tal for the day.

PHOTOS: Paul Mur­ray

WEL­COME RE­TURN: JD Hayes (12) was back in the team and helped Euroa achieve a strong win against Mans­field.

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