Bull­dogs held their own un­til fi­nal quar­ter

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Tyler Ma­her

Tatura made Euroa work for ev­ery me­tre gained on Satur­day, with the Mag­pies only pow­er­ing away in the fi­nal term.

The Bull­dogs led at quar­ter-time and half-time, but three goals to one in the penul­ti­mate stanza from the home side gave it the much­needed as­cen­dancy head­ing into the fi­nal term.

Fromthere JD Hayes’ side, as the team with more on the line, lifted to pile on an­other four goals to one in the low-scor­ing clash and se­cure vic­tory.

Will McFar­lane was mon­u­men­tal for the Mag­pies, kick­ing a goal and be­ing named the best player on the field.

It con­tin­ued a great month of foot­ball for the ris­ing star, who has been named among his side’s most in­flu­en­tial per­form­ers for the past five matches, boot­ing 12 ma­jors in that time.

Brad Cun­ning­ham also stood up to be counted when the chips were down, slot­ting three goals in at­tack to com­bine well with Jett Trotter (two goals) and Ry­ley Bjork­sten (two).

The four premier­ship points keeps Euroa level with sec­ond­placed Shep­par­ton head­ing into the fi­nal round of the reg­u­lar sea­son, but a fix­ture against Sey­mour (fourth) means it must win an­other tough match to fin­ish third.

Not only would it mean the Mag­pies avoid a ram­pant Rochester in the first week of fi­nals, but it would also give Hayes and his charges the in­side run­ning for a dou­ble chance in the sec­ond week.

For Tatura, all that re­mains of a dis­ap­point­ing year is a clash against Be­nalla at Tatura Park.

Af­ter the per­for­mance Ja­ma­son Daniels’ men man­aged on Satur­day, they will surely go into the game with plenty of con­fi­dence in their chances of up­set­ting the Saints.

Jamie Jones (three goals) and Matt Corn­wall (two) found form in front of the big sticks against the Mag­pies. Fi­nal scores: Euroa: 2.2, 5.2, 8.4, 12.9 (81) Tatura: 3.0, 6.2, 7.5, 8.6 (54)

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