Mag­pies come up trumps

EUROA FOOT­BALL NET­BALL CLUB - SE­NIORS

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By SCOTT WAT­SON

MI­NUS the on- field lead­er­ship of coach JD Hayes, the Euroa se­nior team were able to shake off a tena­cious and de­ter­mined Tatura out­fit at Me­mo­rial Oval in Euroa last week­end to shore up a top four spot.

Next Satur­day will be a vi­tal clash against Seymour in the last home and away week­end to de­ter­mine who will take third spot head­ing into the 2017 fi­nals se­ries.

Hard at the foot­ball mid-field star David Mole led from the front with his at­tack on the con­test re­sult­ing in many for­ward op­por­tu­ni­ties for the likes of Jett Trot­ter and Trent Storer.

Trent’s brother Brock was out­stand­ing in his link-up play and run from out of the back­line as he too was able to give team-mates fur­ther up the ground re­peated op­por­tu­nity to win the ball.

The Bull­dogs per­sisted through­out the first three quar­ters how­ever as they main­tained pres­sure on the ball right through­out the ground, caus­ing the home team to stum­ble and stut­ter on a num­ber of plays, turn­ing the ball over and cost­ing them­selves op­po­si­tion goals.

Will McFar­lane again demon­strated his flex­i­bil­ity in start­ing in the mid­dle then push­ing for­ward to give the Tatura de­fend­ers plenty to think about.

His ver­sa­til­ity was able to be had through the in­clu­sion of another tall swing­man in Will Murray who de­spite a slight hand in­jury, equipped him­self very well, yet again, in the ‘late game’.

It wasn’t un­til the last quar­ter that the Mag­pies were able to break the shack­les some­what and move into a match-win­ning po­si­tion against the Bull­dogs.

This was in no small part to the en­er­getic, elu­sive and some­times high-mark­ing small for­ward Brad Cun­ning­ham who lit up the net­ball court end of the Me­mo­rial Oval in the last quar­ter with some ex­cel­lent lead- up for­ward play re­sult­ing in mul­ti­ple goals.

So the side now looks to­ward the tra­di­tional clash against their ri­vals south on the Hume in Seymour.

The ac­knowl­edge­ment of Viet­nam Vet­er­ans is the theme for this clash with both clubs honored to ac­knowl­edge the sac­ri­fice of those who took part in this con­flict.

Cori­dol­lars: Last week’s win­ner of the Cori­dol­lar draw was Edge­wise In­sur­ance – num­ber 246.

Mag­pie Magic Mem­ber­ships: The lat­est of the cur­rent 50 weeks of draws happened last Satur­day at the club with Lyn­del and Chris Burke (num­ber 48) tak­ing out the $500 cash.

Spon­sor of the week: DPR In­sur­ance.

PHOTO: Dale Mann

CLOSE TUS­SLE: Tom Burke bat­tles for the ball dur­ing Satur­day’s match against Tatura at the Me­mo­rial Oval.

BREAK­AWAY: Andrew Bell puts on a burst of speed to keep ahead of his Tatura op­po­nent.

STRONG GRAB: Young­ster Jack Broughton (left) takes con­trol of the ball. PHO­TOS: Matt Mills

SOLID CON­TRI­BU­TION: Brad Cun­ning­ham (right) added three goals to Euroa’s win­ning to­tal and was named among the best on the ground.

BIG MEN FLY: Andrew Bell (left) and Will McFar­lane (best on the ground) make their pres­ence felt in this con­test. PHOTO: Dale Mann

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