IT IS TIME

The Riverine Herald - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By An­drew Johnston

SATUR­DAY will be a spe­cial event for the Echuca Foot­ball and Netball Club.

But there is still a game of foot­ball to be played.

Echuca finds it­self in un­char­tered ter­ri­tory, sit­ting fourth on the Goul­burn Val­ley League lad­der — one game ahead of fifth and sixth.

Things seem to be go­ing pretty well at Vic Park, but the club is well aware of how quickly things can change.

‘‘We are in a good po­si­tion,’’ co­coach Simon Mad­dox said.

‘‘But we also know how im­por­tant it is to keep win­ning. There are sides be­low us who want to be higher in the six, and there are sides be­low them who see ev­ery game as an elim­i­na­tion final.

‘‘So we have to keep beat­ing those sides be­low us on the lad­der, be­cause if you drop one of those games, you’re back to fight­ing to keep your head above water.

‘‘And if you do beat one of the sides above you later in the year, rather than tak­ing the ad­van­tage, you are just squar­ing the ledger again.’’

Sey­mour is one of those sides rapidly run­ning out of lives.

In spite of their stun­ning upset against Be­nalla, the Lions are still two games adrift from the top six.

To­mor­row, Echuca has to fig­ure out how to han­dle the Lions big­gest weapon — Ja­son Cole.

Cole stunned the com­pe­ti­tion against Be­nalla two weeks ago by amass­ing 61 dis­pos­als and boot­ing six goals.

But it’s not as sim­ple as stop­ping Cole on the day ac­cord­ing to Mad­dox.

‘‘I don’t see us tag­ging him,’’ he said.

‘‘Some­one will get the job on him of course, and that could be any one of our guys.

‘‘Where you hurt a guy like Ja­son is go­ing back the other way, by tak­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties when we have the footy. We have the qual­ity in our mid­field group to dam­age Sey­mour go­ing the other way, so we will hope­fully take those chances.’’

And the Murray Bombers have con­fi­dence across the board.

‘‘We are in a re­ally good place at the mo­ment,’’ Mad­dox said.

‘‘We are get­ting wins in all the comps, we are back on our home deck and feel­ing pretty good about the brand of foot­ball we are play­ing in this com­pe­ti­tion.’’

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