EUROA’S senior XVIII season came to an abrupt halt on the weekend at the hands of a red-hot Rochester outfit whose form over the latter part of the season continued as they ran away seven goal victors in Benalla on Sunday.
Coach JD Hayes lamented his side’s end to the season with the maturity he has displayed right throughout his first season at the helm.
His form, personally, has been exceptional throughout and was no different on Sunday as he tried in vain to lift his team.
This leadership was certainly complimented by the efforts of Matthew Ivill, Will McFarlane and Adam Tarrant.
The determination to put their bodies on the line, time and again, meant the Euroa team were able to be competitive right throughout the match, despite the Tigers getting on top in the second half.
Nathan Gilliland was the main target up forward for the Magpies, slotting two early match goals.
This opportunity to finish in front of goals was on the back of some excellent work up the ground from the likes of Rohan Bail and Marcus Varley whose grunt around the contest was brilliant.
All in all the season for the senior team was an improvement on the previous one and something the young coach and his staff can hang their hats on.
Yet knowing the determination and will to succeed that is part of JD’s make-up means that many associated with the club will appreciate the hurt both he and his players will feel over the summer months as they look to progress further again in season 2018.
The club is hosting a semi-final this weekend on Sunday, September 10, so anyone wanting to get along and watch some high level country football and netball is encouraged to get to Memorial Oval from 10am onwards for a full day of sporting action.
Further, the Reserve XVIII plays their semi-final on Saturday, September 9 in Rochester with a win in this match propelling them straight into a grand final berth.
Best of luck here boys.
Magpie Magic Memberships: The eleventh winner of the current 50 weeks of draws happened last week at the club with Senior Football Syndicate (number 9) taking out the $500 cash.
Sponsor of the week: Lindsay Park Racing ‘My town, my club, my team’ Final scores: Euroa 7.8.50; Rochester 13.14.92.
Goal Kickers: N. Gilliland 2, M. Ivill, B. Gleeson, J. Hayes, R. Bail, J. Gleeson.
Best Players: M. Ivill, W. McFarlane, M. Varley, A. Tarrant, N. Gilliland, R. Bail.
JD Hayes set a great example with consistent play throughout Euroa’s senior final against Rochester but his team has come to an end for 2017.
ONE OF THE BEST: Adam Tarrant put in a huge effort against Rochester and worked consistently across the field.
TOO CLOSE: Gus Varley gets his boot to the ball with Tom Burke making a quick exit.