Reilly a stand­out at car­ni­val

The Riverine Herald - - TRADE & SERVICES GUIDE - By Alex Mitchell

ECHUCA ju­nior foot­baller Shar­maine Reilly’s im­pres­sive V/Line Cup car­ni­val has been recog­nised with a place in the un­der 16 girls’ team of the car­ni­val.

Reilly’s Bendigo Pi­o­neers side won both its games at the car­ni­val, beat­ing Goul­burn Mur­ray 8.8 (56) to 2.6 (18) and North East Bor­der 8.4 (52) to 0.3 (3), the young­ster named in the side’s best in both con­tests.

She was one of four Echuca youth girls play­ers in the Pi­o­neers’ team, joined by Ash Kelly, Nikita Meloury and Olivia Tav­erna.

AFL Vic­to­ria ac­knowl­edged Bendigo with the Team De­vel­op­ment Award, for its will­ing­ness to learn and de­velop as one unit.

But it was the play of Reilly that was par­tic­u­larly eye-catch­ing, and Echuca youth girls’ coach Chris Thomas said it was noth­ing less than he’d come to ex­pect from her.

‘‘She’s just a fan­tas­tic player and a plea­sure to coach,’’ he said.

‘‘She ob­vi­ously does ex­tra train­ing at home and re­ally prac­tices. If you ask her to any­thing, she never asks why she just gets on with it.

‘‘It’s a ter­rific learn­ing cy­cle she’s on. She’s played un­der 14 boys at Lock­ing­ton and that’s a fan­tas­tic path­way.’’

‘‘She was the high­est polling Echuca player in the league best and fairest and con­sid­er­ing she’s an un­der 15 in an un­der 18 com­pe­ti­tion, that’s pretty good.’’

Thomas said her work ethic was one of her best foot­balling at­tributes.

‘‘She won our best team player for that very rea­son. She’ll ruck all day, and never ask why,’’ he said. river­ine­

‘‘She can be a re­ally quiet per­son, but she just gives us a great big smile and we know she’s get­ting sat­is­fac­tion from her play.’’

The car­ni­val team was made up from coun­try Vic­to­ria’s eight youth girls com­pe­ti­tions, es­sen­tially an equiv­a­lent of a state rep­re­sen­ta­tive side.

Thomas also spoke of his pride see­ing four of his play­ers make the Bendigo side.

‘‘The Bendigo Pi­o­neers’ side cov­ers a huge area, so to have four girls from Echuca in the side was fan­tas­tic,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re re­ally pleased and proud of the four that made the team. The team won the Shield at the car­ni­val and the coach Sean Mc­Cor­mack was re­ally im­pressed by the Echuca girls, and how they got on with the job.’’

Luke Hemer.

Top knock: Moama’s Bray­den McGre­gor hits out on his way to 64 in the Goul­burn Mur­ray A grade clash with Kyabram Fire Bri­gade. Photo:

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