Reilly a standout at carnival
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. riverineherald.com.au
‘‘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.’’
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