Reserves win way to a grand final
WITH the availability of a number of senior players coming back into the team due to their defeat the previous week, the team took to the field with what most supporters thought to be a very strong reserves’ team.
This would have to be the case as the Kyabram team would be a formidable opponent.
The game opened with much pressure being applied by both teams with the players being forced to move the ball on quickly.
This caused much fumbling of the ball but this was to be expected as the teams were playing finals football.
The Euroa team were quickly on the scoreboard through a snapped goal from Brad Gleeson.
The Euroa team appeared to be in control during the first part of the first quarter but to the credit of the opposition Kyabram worked their way back into the game with most people at the game thinking this was going to be a very tough and even game of football.
Quarter time scores: Euroa 3.0.18; Kyabram 1.2.8
The second quarter was again a very even contest with Euroa scoring three goals one to Kyabram three goals four point with Euroa going into the half time break with a seven point lead.
This was a quarter of missed opportunities by both teams with Euroa turning the ball over and Kyabram missing a number of scoring opportunities
Half time scores: Euroa 6.1.37; Kyabram 4.6.30
It was thought that the third quarter would define the outcome of the game but this was not to be, as neither side was able to take their opportunities and place goal score pressure on their opponents.
This was a very low scoring quarter of football with Euroa scoring only one goal two behinds and Kyabram only five behinds with a number of them being kickable opportunities for goals.
But to the credit of the Euroa team and especially the defensive group, they knuckled down working together to hold the Kyabram team out during the quarter and hold a ten point lead at three quarter time break
Three quarter time scores: Euroa 7.3.45; Kyabram 4.11.35
With much encouragement from the coaching group, the Euroa team took to the park with a very strong and pleasing quarter of finals football.
They got on top at the stoppages resulting in many forward fifty entries giving the team a very good four goals three behinds quarter whilst the backline were able to hold the Kyabram team to only one behind which was a very good effort of finals football.
The forward line was led by B Gleeson in the forward line and Travis Burls in defence.
Craig Bamford and Brad Cunningham were in on-ball roles and targets in the forward line.
Nick Thomson and Jake Smith were also valuable contributors to the group giving much run and contest across the ground.
The team was able to come away with a very good six goal victory against good opposition from the Kyabram team
Final Scores: Euroa 11.6.72; Kyabram 4.12.36
It is hard to mention all players on the report but the writer believes that all players contributed during the game when the need to compete was placed in front of them.
So as the teams moves towards the Grand Final let all the coaches and playing group leave no stone unturned in the team’s quest to win the grand final.
As was obvious after a weekend of finals football, both Reserves team who will fight out the preliminary final next Sunday will provide Euroa with stiff opposition and the team will have to be right at the top of their game.
This has been a great year for the Euroa Reserves so it is hoped that the team will finish off with a victory on grand final day.
The club urges all supporters to get to Deakin Reserve and support the Euroa Reserves’ team’s quest for victory.
Best Players: B Gleeson, T Burls, C Bamford, B Cunningham, N Thomson, J Smith.
Goal kickers: B Gleeson 4, R Wilson 3, and one each to B Cunningham, J Tremellen, S Patten, C Bamford.