Under 16s take home glory
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.