STRONG LEAD­ER­SHIP:

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By SCOTT WAT­SON

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.

PHOTO: Dale Mann

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.

PHOTOS: Dale Mann

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.

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