Strong Tabilk stands tall over ‘Pies
EUROA JUNIOR FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB – UNDER 14 FOOTBALL
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.