Shepparton News

Bears ready to rumble


- By Aydin Payne

Shepparton co-coach Ramadan Yze is hoping his young outfit can mirror the performanc­es that produced its two classic wins when it runs out tomorrow.

The Bears hit the road again and travel to Euroa for their Goulburn Valley League round-15 contest.

Although Yze’s outfit is anchored to the bottom of the ladder, it has been able to pull off two memorable triumphs over an improved Mooroopna.

Emerging talents Connor Fleming, Connor Hangan, Matt Pellegrino, Jayden Gagliardi and Jacob Watts have been performing strongly in the Bears’ line-up.

The first-year mentor said he had been impressed with how the young Bears had been able to perform this year.

“(Those wins) do give us a lot of confidence. Even against Seymour we were able to push them. We know our best is good enough,” Yze said. “Our young group are learning that they need to bring it week in week out.

“But Sammy (Ahmet) and I have been really proud and happy with the signs we have seen from the group.

“Euroa sit second on the ladder for a reason, so we have got our work cut out.

“We'll be up for the challenge and we'll give it our best shot.”

Still smarting off their heavy defeat to ladder-leader Echuca last week, the inexperien­ced Bears have dusted themselves off.

“The boys put the effort in and the pressure was really high against Echuca. We just dropped away in a couple of key moments,” Yze said.

“But with a young group they are still learning and now it will be about bringing that same effort this week.”

Euroa coach Scott Rowan understand­s his side will need to be switched on and prepared to take on Shepparton.

The Magpies return home this weekend after a stellar away win on the road against Mansfield and the mentor said the atmosphere was starting to buzz at Memorial Oval.

“It should be a good game of footy. We know they will come out hard,” Rowan said.

“We have got to be ready to play, hopefully we can continue our vein of form.

“Although it’s been tough without our Melbourne players, the boys up here have been very positive and the excitement has continued to grow off the back of our best four-quarter game last week.”

 ??  ?? Earning his stripes: Shepparton’s Connor Fleming is one of many young talents leading the way at the Bears.
Earning his stripes: Shepparton’s Connor Fleming is one of many young talents leading the way at the Bears.

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