Strong Ta­bilk stands tall over ‘Pies


Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS - By SALLY RED­FERN

IF you are a be­liever in omens, then Sun­day’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal against Ta­bilk looked omi­nous from the out­set for the un­der 14 Mag­pies.

The Mag­pies were up against the very strong Ta­bilk out­fit - un­beaten and mainly un­chal­lenged for most of the sea­son.

Euroa’s ruck Georgia Gall had bro­ken her fingers at train­ing on Thurs­day night - an in­ci­dent that may or may not have been di­rectly re­lated to her coach’s lethal kick­ing abil­ity.

Robert Smith was un­avail­able due to a bruised kid­ney, an in­jury not usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with ju­nior footy but when you see how Robert throws him­self into footy con­tests, not en­tirely sur­pris­ing.

Add to the list, for­got­ten footy equip­ment, a cou­ple of bad doses of nerves and some play­ers still re­cov­er­ing from the wind­ing trip over the hills, and Euroa’s men­tal and phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tion was cer­tainly less than ideal.

So in terms of men­tal and phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tion, Euroa’s was by no means ideal.

But what Euroa did have in their favour was a strong de­sire to be in the grand fi­nal, so any- thing was pos­si­ble. Or so we thought. Un­for­tu­nately Ta­bilk must have shared that very same de­sire be­cause on Sun­day they played an un­be­liev­able game, rarely putting a foot wrong and mak­ing few, if any, er­rors.

They were sim­ply too big, too strong and too fast.

This is not to say Euroa did not try their best - they did.

It was just that on Sun­day, their best was not good quite enough.

It was the third quar­ter when the Mag­pies first ex­pe­ri­enced some joy on the score­board.

A cou­ple of quick goals to Fletcher Paul saw Mag­pie spir­its lift mo­men­tar­ily, only to have Ta­bilk re­ply with au­thor­ity.

Ta­bilk went on to win em­phat­i­cally, ce­ment­ing their la­bel as firm favourites for the flag.

Euroa will now play Broad­ford at Broad­ford next week in a do or die ‘Pre­lim­i­nary Fi­nal’.

Watto will have to delve into his bag of coach­ing tips and tricks to en­sure his team is back to their bril­liant best for the clash, and should only use his left foot when kick­ing to his play­ers at train­ing this week.

Euroa have shown over the past month that they can shake up this year’s fi­nal’s series.

They just need to put Sun­day’s loss be­hind them and fully fo­cus on the challenge next week will bring. Go Mag­pies. Fi­nal score: Ta­bilk 12.14.76; Euroa 2.1.13.

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