Hard fought matches a highlight of junior footy

June 14, 2017

Under 14 Echuca White's Riley Power burst through the pack

Under 10

Echuca United

Away this week against Kyabram the two teams played well in a hard fought game of junior football.

Echuca United put together some of their new found skills and showed great team work.

The awards went to Cooper Boyd who was kicking goals like a pro, Alfred Rolfe got in the thick of it and gained plenty of possession, Jack McLeod starred in his first game of football and will surely be a player to watch, Nash Giri and Axel Dixon had a fantastic game and showed great team work and Shaun Darlacey got plenty of the ball.

They come up against Moama Black this Friday in Moama at 5.15pm.

Under 12

Moama white

Hosting Echuca United gold on Friday night, captain Cameron Hunter got the boys off to a great start with a goal to Noah Walker coming off a good passage of play up the wing.

The backline led by Jye Jarrett and Jonte Grubb marked strongly and the smaller players in Angus McBurnie and Nathanial Lias also got plenty of the ball.

The third quarter was a tough quarter with the ball moving between both forward lines, with plenty of tackling and bumping led by Charlie Granger and Archie Connors.

Goals to Lochy Hogan and Archie Peat in the last quarter saw Moama across the line in a close finish with Josh Wright and Maddik Fleming playing some of their best footy to keep the ball in the forward line.

Awards: Oscar Burns, Maddik Fleming, Jye Jarrett, Angus McBurnie, Ben Paterson, Archie Peat and Tanner Tonkins.

Echuca green

An away, night game at Tongala meant a progressively colder night for Echuca green spectators, but captain Josh Carr and new recruit Jordan Priestly kept everyone entertained.

Logan Orr and Isaac Watson used the center for two quick points, but at the seven minute stage Tongala kicked two quick goals.

Echuca scored four goals in the second, two in a row for Liam Stevens who darted and weaved around the opposition.

Josh Dempster deep from defence, backed himself, and took the ball from the back pocket where Tom Evans picked up another two goals.

Liam Stevens kicked another goal in the third, Logan Orr led well up to the ball and Lachlan Mackenzie put in some great tackles and created pressure on some of Tongala’s bigger boys and a comfortable lead into the fourth gave Echuca the win.

Awards: Josh Carr, Liam Stevens and Toby Coutts.

Echuca bombers

Echuca began well kicking early goals through free flowing footy off half-back and through the mid-field, but Kyabram responded by scoring a goal.

The second term began in similar fashion, but again Kyabram repelled Echuca’s efforts making them earn every kick despite a comfortable half-time lead.

Kyabram’s inaccurate kicking cost them dearly in the third, booting 1.4 for the term.

Echuca held on in the last quarter against the very competitive Kyabram team.

Rewarded for solid contributions on the night, and over a period of weeks were Jack Skerritt, Brayden Knight-Morrow, and Isaiah Bassett.

Other better players for Echuca included Grady Finnegan, Max Hagan, Will Rhode, Max Trewhella, Charlie Williams, Lexi Gregor, and skipper Hudson Connelly.

Echuca white

Hosting a committed Rochester at Victoria Park saw an even first quarter, but Echuca finally got the upper hand with a five goal last quarter.

Rhylan Johnson played a sensational game at centre half-forward, skipper Jarred Spedding was solid in the ruck and up forward, Hurrikane Hudson and Jack Morley played great games on the wing and half back and James Head played a good game in the ruck and up forward.

Will Poulton and Lachlan Donchi put the score on the board up forward.

Other solid contributors were Jaxson McMinn, Harry Barden, Sam Edgar and Darchi Clarke.

Goals: Will Poulton 3, Lachlan Donchi 2, Rhylan Johnson 1, River Stevens 1, James Head 1.

Echuca United blue

Playing SGR Giants on Sunday morning in Rushworth this week, both teams showed off their skills as the supporters lapped up the perfect weather and enjoyed a great game of footy.

The awards this week went to Kody Betts who found himself effective in and around the ball all day, Thomas Hawkett disposed of the ball with accuracy, Darcy Whyte continues to improve with each week, Kaydn Blachford had a fantastic game with plenty of possession and clean disposals and Braydyn Taylor was powerful in defence.

The next game for Echuca United Blue will be away against the Echuca Bombers at Victoria Park this Friday afternoon at 5.00pm.

Awards: Kaydyn Blachford, Subway; Kody Betts, McDonalds; Tom Hawkett, Roma Pizza; Braydyn Taylor, Hungry Jacks; Darcy Whyte, Roma Pizza.

Under 14

Echuca bombers

Echuca Bombers played Kyabram at Victoria Park on Friday night, starting the game well with Cooper Naylor working hard to see goals to Elijah Bruns and Kobyn James.

The backline of Matt Gazelle, Harry Shearer and Jordan Green held Kyabram scoreless for the term.

In the second quarter Darby Baldwin kicked a nice goal and Tom Donchi became a handful for the Kyabram defence, kicking two goals for the quarter and finishing the game with five.

In the second half Jake Dempster, Jace Tonkin and Anthony Huisman were providing plenty of run in the middle of the ground to open up the forward line and goals to Jake Cardilini, Sam Deola and Anthony Huisman saw the Bombers open up a handy lead.

Kyabram continued to battle hard but two last quarter goals to Will Mckenzie saw the Bombers run out comfortable winners.

Awards: Cooper Naylor, Jake Cardilini, Dermot Ritchie and Will McKenzie

Echuca white

A scrappy first quarter against SGR saw the ball continually rebound up the ground, with neither team able to gain the ascendancy on the scoreboard.

Riley Power continued to attack the ball off the half back line and kick the ball back into Echuca’s forward line. Echuca couldn’t capitalise on the scoreboard, only managing six behinds for the quarter and holding Rochester scoreless.

Echuca started to move the ball cleaner by hand and foot in the second, to create space and open the game up scoring the first goal.

Lachie Watson played a strong quarter on the wing and Joel Priestley snapped a goal late in the quarter to open up a six-goal lead.

Solly McKay tackled strongly deep in Echuca’s forward line and Noah Long continued to use the ball well.

Josh Swinton was proving to be a headache in the forward line, with strong marking and accurate kicking before SGR finally got reward for their tireless effort, with Dane Purdey slotting through a goal.

Rory Carlile streamed through the centre to open up the final quarter with Josh Swinton continuing to present in the forward line.

Riley Power slotted through two final quarter goals and Brady Simpson booted through his sixth for the game. Awards: Mackenzie Gleeson, Brady Simpson, Josh Swinton, Spencer Stubbs, Tighe O’Brien, Solly McKay

Echuca United

A challenging game against Deniliquin away saw the boys come out sluggish and scoreless in the first quarter.

A quarter time rev up made them contest and lead for the ball in the second quarter, consistency in the backline had them going into the last quarter down by nearly three goals.

With only minutes left to play we were then down by seven and the boys didn’t give up, Tyson Hay (4 goals) kicking a goal to put us a point behind.

In a tough hard fought game the final siren sounded with United one-point up, managing to knock off third on the ladder.

Awards: Matt Harris, McDonalds; Levi Dixon, PetStock; Jesse Garner, Hungry Jacks; Corey Garner, Brownz Cafe; Tyson Hay, DeTrazani Hair; Ryan Smith, Evans Shoes; Jaidyn Talbot and Brodie Lloyd, parent’s award.


The boys continued their winning streak playing another great game and coming away with a strong win on Saturday.

The backline of Shane, Aiden and Taj put in a stellar performance to provide strong defence, putting pressure on Cobram’s forward line.

The midfields worked the ball in their favour ensuring the forwards continued to score.

The wings Daniel and Zak provided some solid running to deliver winning passes, demonstrating powerful teamwork.

Bests: Daniel Castledine, Alec Dick, Billie Barnes, Jake MacKenzie and Ben Keogh.

Under 16

Echuca green

Green took on Kyabram Black in Kyabram for the second time this season and started positively, playing the game style we have been used to seeing the majority of the year.

Led by Jackson Stewart and Aiden Mills green kicked four goals to one and dominated the quarter to have the lead.

In the second, Jack Evans slotted his second goal, Kieran Hogan was keeping lively between the flanks, while Brak Dixon again was enjoying his time in the ruck winning a lot of taps.

Kyabram got in front in the second half, if it wasn’t for some great defensive intercept marking from Harry Dent and Clayton Summers down back the damage would have been a lot greater at three quarter time, down 36-52.

A goal to Tommy Connors and a second goal for Luke Pollock early in the fourth gave Echuca a chance, but it was answered quickly by Ky allowing them to run out as 10 point winners.

Bests: C. Summers, T. Connors, J. Stewart, B. Dixon, H. Dent, K. Hogan.

Echuca youth girls

It was a great day for football at Victoria Park, with a close game ending in only a goal the difference.

The Northern Angels kicked more accurately at goal to win the game 8.1 (49) to 6.7 (43).

There were lots of battles at ground level with Echuca doing well in the packs to force the ball forward, where some great efforts around the ground from Tayla Stewart, Sharmaine Reilly and Nikita Meloury, saw them each kick two goals, as well as featuring well in their on-ball roles.

Plenty of work carried out in defence, where Chloe Schmedje was strong saving goals in the last line, and Katrina Dargan showing plenty of run and support.

Some injuries took their toll with Olivia Nagle, Liv Taverna and George Pain giving their all, and we wish them well for a speedy recovery.

A strong finish in the last quarter saw the Echuca team fighting back only to go down by six points.

Under 17


Cobram came to play and proved they are a strong side playing good football leading to a tough first quarter with three early injuries.

Moama failed to score a goal, going into the break with only one point on the board.

Jacob Simpson and Callum Doyle had a great start to the game and continued their efforts all day getting plenty of the ball.

After the break the boys reset and focused on attacking the game, they improved their intensity and use of the ball but couldn’t convert on the scoreboard.

The last half saw the boys continue to work hard with Ash DeWinne showing plenty of composure under pressure in defence as well as Noah Milner and Corey Farrell playing some good footy.

Jack McHale was back in the side this week and played a solid game in the ruck.

It took until the last quarter to score a couple more goals but the game was out of reach by then.

Bests: Jacob Simpson, Callum Doyle, Jack McHale, A DeWinne, Noah Milner, Corey Farrell.

Echuca United

Echuca United again showed they can match it with the top teams, but couldn’t get the job done on Saturday in a nail biting two-point defeat of Deniliquin, 4.7 (31)-5.3 (33).

To the boys credit they played four quarters of fighting football and none more so than co-captain Jordan Godfrey who was rock solid in defence marking and setting up many forward attacks.

Lachlan Egglestone was again among the best gathering possessions at will as an onballer and giving the side great run and drive out of the middle.

Nick Witchell showed class and poise across half forward and at times going into the ruck as undersized but certainly not in his endeavor and ability.

Tom Witchell was inspirational as always, playing in the middle and throwing his body into every contest and working hard around the ground but particularly going down back and helping his team mates.

Tom Holmes continued to impress across the wing with speed and skill.

Awards: J Godfrey, L Egglestone, N Witchell, T Holmes, and T Witchell.

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