Young Magpies too strong in Good Friday derby

April 20, 2017

Under 14s

Moama 14.18 (102) defeated Echuca United 0.0 (0)


ON Good Friday, Moama went to the local derby expecting a tough four quarters.

But as it turned out the Mowers dominanted in all areas of the game coming home with a satisfying win.

Billy and Ollie were in total control of the centre.

Alec and Ben ran strong off half back and Zach and Gus were running loose in the forward line.

The boys linked up well with good foot and hand skills and overall we had eight different goal scorers.

A credit to the back-line who held United scoreless for the day.

Best: Billy Barnes, Zach Ross, Harry Chanter, Raph Keam, Ollie Connors, Khy Stovell, Cooper Ramsey, Jake Mackenzie

Echuca United

ECHUCA United crossed the border to take on rivals Moama which turned out to be a hard day at the office for the young Eagles.

In his first game for the year Beau Trahar was strong in defence, putting his body on the line time after time and did not shirk the issue.

For the second week in a row Jaidyn Talbot and his blond locks stood out down back taking strong contested pack marks, great commitment.

Jarryd Taylor was kept busy all day in the last line of defense.

Max Collins across half back and changing on the ball showed his toughness and willingness to win the ball.

Colby Campbell on a wing was another who fought hard all day.

Awards: Beau Trahar (McDonalds), Jarryd Taylor (Roma), Eli Spiers (Petstock), Max Collins (Brownz Cafe), Jaidyn Talbot (De Trazani).

Under 17s

Moama 9.9 (63) defeated Echuca United 8.3 (51)

Echuca United

Good Friday footy saw Echuca United face off against reigning premiers Moama and for three quarters showed they were up for the challenge.

But as good sides do and full credit to them, Moama came home strong and eventually ran out as the 12-point winners.

Reece Blake was challenged before the game and did not disappoint with five goals giving the team super confidence that they could match it with Moama.

Curtis Hayes was inspirational through the middle and provided great drive and many forward opportunities, Lachlan Egglestone also found plenty of the ball rotating across the ground showing great versatility.

A much welcomed return from Nick Witchell showed why he is so important to our side winning the ball and using it to the advantage of his team mates, kicking a goal and setting a few others up.

Not forgetting the back-line held up by Brodie Dixon who just gets better each week with poise and intercept marking, rebounding United into attack.

The boys can take great confidence out of this match and even though they lost they showed they can match it with the best team in the league.

Awards: C Hayes, R Blake, L Egglestone, N Witchell, and B Dixon.

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