Un­der 16s take home glory

Euroa Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORTS -

the week that they had been hit by a vi­cious flu bug.

Euroa also looked fit, healthy and keen. Let the game be­gin. The first quar­ter was ev­ery­thing foot­ball fa­nat­ics dream of - fast paced, skil­ful and dogged.

Will Pat­ter­son did the mas­sive job he had been given on Thurs­day night - keep­ing Hud­son Kaak quiet in the for­ward line, ably as­sisted by Bai­ley Hall, Henry Jack­son and Mal An­der­son.

At the first change, it was the Mag­pies who had a three point lead.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw goal um­pire Rodney Kubeil caught up in the oc­ca­sion as Tom Panuc­cio kicked a goal for the Mag­pies and Rodney hit the dirt, tan­gled up in a web of big feet in the goal square.

Bran­don Ebert and Lachie Hill were scin­til­lat­ing in the cen­tre, Nic Asquith and Tom Panuc­cio were fan­tas­tic in the for­ward line and Nic Spencer, Jack Frewen and De­clan Red­fern were bril­liant on the ball.

The Mag­pies matched it with the Saints for three and a half quar­ters, as they main­tained a nar­row lead for most of the game but with 10 min­utes to go the Euroa play­ers moved up a cog, and dom­i­nated play for the fi­nal min­utes in the fi­nal quar­ter of the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

They were sim­ply out­stand­ing and ev­ery sin­gle player can hold their head high know­ing that they all con­trib­uted to the out­come.

Euroa were vic­to­ri­ous by 30 points, a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin when you con­sider for most of the game only a few points had sep­a­rated the two teams.

The Mag­pies de­feated a team that un­til this sea­son had only lost one game since their un­der 12 days.

A ju­bi­lant Coach Red­fern said af­ter the game, “We’ve worked hard for this all year and I knew if you gave 100 per cent we could win, and we did”.

Mad scenes of ela­tion and ex­cite­ment were ev­i­dent in the change rooms af­ter the game, fol­lowed by an ex­tremely ro­bust ver­sion of the club song.

Well done Mag­pies, you aren’t the world’s best singers, but you can cer­tainly play foot­ball. GOALS: EUROA: L. Hill 3, Z. Wil­liams 2, T. Panuc­cio, Z. Rawl­ings, H. Rams­den. ST. MARY’S: H. Kaak 3, D. Cook.

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