Five ride wave into rep team

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

FIVE ECHUCA foot­ballers have been se­lected for the fi­nal 23-women NCWL in­ter­league squad.

So­phie Dou­glas, Bree Gay­lor, Jodie Lake, Jess Pitts and Tayla Ste­wart have all starred for the Echuca Mur­ray Bombers and were picked to rep­re­sent the league.

The NCWL team will take on the Cen­tral Vic­to­ria Foot­ball League Women’s team at Queen El­iz­a­beth Oval in Bendigo on July 15.

In­ter­league head coach, and Echuca Mur­ray Bombers coach, Mick McInnes said his charges all got in and were ex­tremely happy.

‘‘They all got through Sun­day’s game too, so McInnes said.

‘‘It’s been re­ally good to be in­volved with the team and work­ing with (co-coach) John Wil­son has been re­ally good.’’

In NCWL ac­tion, Echuca got their sea­son back on track with a 54-point vic­tory over Nathalia on the week­end.

The Mur­ray Bombers crushed the Pur­ples away from home, 61-7. The win was welcome af­ter back to back losses in the pre­vi­ous two rounds.

Nathalia’s loss sees them stay at the foot of the North­ern Coun­try Women’s League lad­der, while the Mur­ray Bombers re­tain third spot.

The win has also opened up an eight-point gap be­tween Echuca and that’s pleas­ing,’’ fourth-placed Kerang — back on 24 points.

Com­ing up now for the Bot­tle Green is the fifth-placed Mooroopna Cats, a much eas­ier task than sec­ond­placed Benalla Saints have when they take on Kerang.

Echuca coach McInnes said it was a great way to bounce back.

‘‘A re­ally good re­sult, and we were back to how we were play­ing up un­til the Benalla loss,’’ McInnes said.

‘‘They played good footy. We’re al­ways happy to get the re­sult be­cause Nathalia have im­proved a lot. They’re get­ting closer and closer to the pack.’’

McInnes said the in­ter­league cap­tain and vice cap­tain will be named on Fri­day night. river­ine­

HAND­BALL HERO: Clay­ton Oliver’s abil­ity to dis­trib­ute the ball in heavy traf­fic has earned him com­par­isons with AFL great Greg Wil­liams.

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