Lo­cal girls play in rep. sides

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Four young fe­male foot­ballers from the South­ern Riverina showed enor­mous prom­ise in their first Un­der 18’s NAB League matches of the year on Satur­day.

Theodora Miaoudis pulled on the guernsey for the Bendigo Pi­o­neers, and Mikayla Jones, Lily Sharp and Hay­ley Doohan were part of the Mur­ray Bushrangers side.

The Pi­o­neers lost to Greater West­ern Vic­to­ria Rebels in a five point thriller at Craigieburn.

The Rebels started stronger and de­spite a come­back by the Pi­o­neers, it wasn’t enough to get over the line.

There was a strong wind blow­ing across Rams Oval and some poor de­ci­sions in the first quar­ter cost Bendigo valu­able points.

Coach Shawn McCormick said Miaoudis played well in the first match.

She was se­lected to play with the Pi­o­neers af­ter ini­tially miss­ing out with the Mur­ray Bushrangers.

McCormick said Miaoudis’ per­for­mance on Satur­day jus­ti­fied his de­ci­sion, de­scrib­ing her as a ‘‘handy player’’ who is keen to im­prove her skills.

‘‘I took one look at her and knew she was what we needed,’’ McCormick said.

‘‘She works well with the ball, and with­out the ball she knows what to do in terms of de­fend­ing.

‘‘We played a prac­tice match against the Bushrangers and she was eas­ily among our top three play­ers.’’

Due to a gen­eral bye, Bendigo’s will next play East­ern Ranges on March 16 in Bendigo.

The Mur­ray Bushrangers suf­fered a heavy de­feat at the hands of the North­ern Knights in Craigieburn on Satur­day.

The Knights showed no mercy win­ning by 76 points.

The Bushrangers play their first home game at J.C. Lowe Oval in Yar­ra­wonga in round two. They play West­ern Jets on Sun­day, March 17.

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