Re­serves fly into 2nd semi

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IN what was a very good game of pres­sure fi­nals foot­ball, the Euroa re­serves were able to come away with a hard fought 16-point vic­tory.

The game was played in good spirit with much pres­sure ap­plied at the con­test by both teams.

This was to be a close en­counter for all the game with the big­gest mar­gin be­ing ten points dur­ing the game when Shep­par­ton broke away dur­ing the third quar­ter.

To the credit of the Euroa re­serves team they kept work­ing hard to stay in the con­test even­tu­ally com­ing away with a six­teen point vic­tory re­sult­ing from a very good last quar­ter when they con­verted with a four goal four score to Shep­par­ton’s one goal two.

The team was best served by Jack Smith play­ing in a num­ber of po­si­tions down back and up for­ward, and Nick John­son who was a strong contributor across the half back line.

Craig Bam­ford worked hard in his on-ball role and in the for­ward line Cur­tis Hoare con­tin­ued his good first year of se­nior foot­ball giv­ing the team much run dur­ing the game.

The team ben­e­fited from Brad Cun­ning­ham’s play on ball and be­com­ing a good tar­get up for­ward, and Nick Brodie was solid in a key de­fence role dur­ing the game with a num­ber of good in­ter­cep­tions on the Shep­par­ton for­wards at telling times in the game.

Rob Wil­son and Jarmyn Tremellen were also very good in the last quar­ter in the for­ward line.

It is hard to list all the play­ers but the writer feels that Jim Ivill needs to be men­tioned as he was very good lead­ing from the front.

Travis Burls after a lit­tle shaky start early, fought back to be­come a very solid de­fender for the team and lastly Nick Thom­son who won the ball and hit tar­gets.

The team should ben­e­fit much from the game as the tempo and pres­sure of the game was much more than they would have ex­pe­ri­enced.

This can be seen by the num­ber of in­di­vid­ual goal kick­ers the team had as this oc­curs when teams are un­der pres­sure look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­vert their play into goals through for­ward play­ers get­ting off their op­po­nents.

Well done to the group but they face a big task against the Kyabram team next Satur­day at Rochester.

So to all sup­port­ers, please get along and support the team as Kyabram will have a num­ber of teams play­ing at Rochester and will be there in voice.

Fi­nal Scores: Euroa 11.12.78; Shep­par­ton 8.41.62.

Best Play­ers: J. Smith, N. John­son, C. Bam­ford, C. Hoare, B. Cun­ning­ham, N. Brodie.

Goal kick­ers: B Cun­ning­ham 3, J Tremellen 2, R Wil­son, S Pat­ten, C Bam­ford, J Smith, J McKer­nan.

PHOTO: Dale Mann

LEG-UP: Euroa re­serves player Jimmy Ivill takes a fly­ing leap to­wards the ball dur­ing Satur­day’s twi­light qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against Shep­par­ton Bears in Mooroopna which the Mag­pies won by 16 points.

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