Euroa gets bet­ter of shoot-out

Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Lau­ren Bordin

While the A-grade hockey teams were fo­cused on Re­gional Hockey League ac­tion, B-grade teams took to both fields in Shep­par­ton on Satur­day.

Euroa and Mooroopna played off in the tight­est women’s match of the round, with the for­mer pre­vail­ing 5-4.

Ris­ing star Steph Car­da­mone fought hard for Mooroopna, which nearly claimed its first win of the sea­son.

Car­da­mone con­trib­uted a goal as did Sin­duri Lyen­gar, with Josie Woods and Nicki Hut­ton im­por­tant.

But through Brit­ney White’s in­flu­ence for Euroa a fi­nal break­through was made that al­lowed Euroa to lift off the bot­tom of the lad­der, leav­ing Mooroopna in its place.

Shep­par­ton Strik­ers were 5-1 win­ners against Shep­par­ton Youth Club.

Placed third on the lad­der and look­ing a fi­nals con­tender along­side ta­ble top­pers Echuca and Be­nalla, the Strik­ers made light work of their op­po­nents.

Jes­sica Gaven­lock fin­ished off her team­mates’ solid work to net four goals.

But while her supreme ef­forts in at­tack made her a valid mem­ber of the side’s best, Taya Hayes also spurred her side on to great heights.

The top two sides were pit­ted against each other to com­plete the round, with Echuca-Moama de­mol­ish­ing Be­nalla 9-0.

Court­ney Thomp­son was in fine form with four goals for the River Rats.

In the men’s com­pe­ti­tion, Strik­ers and SYC could not be sep­a­rated, de­spite be­ing worlds apart in lad­der po­si­tions.

Bot­tom-placed SYC took the game right up to its topranked op­po­si­tion, with young ace Kyle Said lead­ing the way for his side.

Matthew Dep­pler caused headaches for Euroa as he led Mooroopna to a 4-2 win.

Cap­ping off a best-on­field per­for­mance with a goal, Dep­pler helped his side re­tain third spot on the lad­der as Strik­ers and Be­nalla re­main a force in the B-men com­pe­ti­tion.

The Saints knocked off Echuca 5-2, with Dane Hansted (three goals), Daniel Trevaskis and Evan Dowe all scor­ing in the win.

Un­der pres­sure: Mooroopna goal­keeper Nicki Hut­ton was among her B-women side’s best in a 5-4 loss against Euroa in Goul­burn Val­ley Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tion on Satur­day.

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