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Junior football season now drawing to a close

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August 10, 2017

Lachie Watson leaps high in under 14s for Echuca White

Under 10

Echuca United

LAST Friday saw Echuca United under 10s play their last game for the season against a very competitive side in Moama White.

It was a fantastic game to watch.

Our leading goal kicker for the night was Max Connelly, while Jimmy Taylor, Ashley Broadhead, Jaxson Price, Charlie Voss and Cooper Boyd put in a great effort for all four quarters.

Well done kids on a great season, a big thanks to all the parents and especially our coach Daniel Cavallaro.

Under 12

Moama white

Moama White played Runnymede on a cold Friday night and went in with two wins in a row and keen for a third.

Moama started well getting the ball quickly into the forward line, allowing speedster Ben Paterson to run onto the ball and kick two goals.

The second quarter saw some great passages of play with plenty of handball and kicking to a running player with captain Josh Wright managing to kick his first goal for the year.

In the third quarter Moama kept up pressure and with Archie Peat and Noah Walker playing their best game on the wing and Charlie Granger controlling the midfield helping to set up the win.

Moama played out the last quarter full of running, managing two more goals and setting up for a great derby next week against Moama Black.

Awards to Cameron Hunter, Nathaniel Pearce, Archie Peat, William Quirk, Tanner Tonkins and Josh Wright.

Echuca bombers

Echuca took on the Tongala Blues in slippery conditions where finding the handle on the footy proved challenging.

The Blues jumped out of the blocks well kicking the first goal of the day, but Echuca persisted scrumming the ball forward before Charles Williams tumbled the ball through for a quick goal.

The second quarter was similar to the first, Williams kicked his third goal with a banana from the pocket, and Grady Finnegan got on the end of some great play by Levi Hone to kick a goal.

Max Hagan was moved to centre-half-back after quarter time, and had an immediate impact, repelling any attempt by Tongala to get into their forward line.

Brayden Knight-Morrow had a run in the ruck, and did a great job competing hard at every contest and fellow ruckman Harry McClay barely lost a hit-out all day.

The Bombers battled hard in the second half through players like Riley Hutton, who received a bloody nose, and ensured Echuca were too strong for Tongala on the day.

Echuca white

In cold, bleak weather on Sunday morning at Victoria park an undermanned Echuca White hosted Leitchville-Gunbower.

Echuca came out firing, captain Jaxson McMinn led the way attacking the ball hard getting plenty of possessions, Lachlan Donchi’s good form up forward saw three goals and Jed Dargan had a great game with excellent ball use to teammates and kicking a couple of goals.

Hunter Christian, Jarred Spedding and Fletcher Ball played well down back, Carson Smith was thrown in the middle and played his best game for the season and Luke Stone and Jack Morley were brilliant on the wing.

Will Poulton played a great game as a swing-man down back and up forward and James Head and River Stevens played great games as onballers and up forward.

Other solid performers were Connor Armstrong (two goals), Sam Edgar and Tyson Bourke in a great team effort.

Thanks to Leitchville-Gunbower for the extra players.

Echuca United blue

Echuca United blue and Moama Black fought it out in a great game of football on Friday night.

The game was held at the Moama football ground under lights in very cold conditions and despite the cold weather the teams played good footy and had to work hard to score the points.

It was good to see the skills developing and the discipline shown by both sides with only one game to go for this season we are sure the teams will be giving it their very best this Friday night.

This weeks awards went to Kaydyn Blachford who impressed all game with his courage and skills with the football, Cody Betts was everywhere you looked as he continued a great season of footy, Zac Hegarty used his voice and made plenty of smart decisions around the ball.

Will Graham captained the side and led by example and Kody Kendrick stepped it up a notch playing his best game of the year.

The next game is at home against SGR Giants Orange this Friday 7.30pm.

Under 14

Echuca white

Not used to the wet, heavy conditions at Victoria Park Echuca White were slow to get out of the blocks and hit the scoreboard against Leitchville-Gunbower.

Jacob Basham kicked the opening goal of the game and Lachie Watson was busy in the forward line, racking up numerous possessions.

Echuca had a 10-point lead at quarter time and the second quarter saw the scoring opportunities open up for Echuca white.

Tye Barthelson took a number of strong contested marks in the forward line, kicking two for the quarter, Solly McKay continued to patrol across the centre line and Brady Simpson was strong in the ruck contest and then following up his tap work with a clearing run.

Noah Long was rested at full forward in the third and immediately hit the scoreboard, kicking four for the quarter, and Lachie Watson crumbed a loose ball off a contest to dribble through his second for the game.

A number of positional changes for Echuca white saw them take some time to adjust in the last and finally Ethan O’Brien-Leitao snapped truly to open up the scoring.

Leitchville-Gunbower kicked their first goal of the game after some tireless work to move the ball forward before Zac Casey kicked a goal right on the final siren.

Awards to Solly McKay, Tighe O’Brien, Noah Long, Maddex Fimmel.

Echuca green

Echuca green began strongly at Victoria Park on Friday night with Hayden Quincey continuing his goal run from last week.

A mark by captain Cooper Dickinson charged the team and the first quarter saw three goals, each straight from centre bounces.

As the game progressed the boys got in front and reaped the rewards, some link-up play involving two or three handballs worked well in the third quarter.

The coach wanted play straight down the ground in the final quarter which resulted in four goals, the top scoring quarter of the night.

Goals were shared with one each to Caleb and Elijah Turner, Hayden Quincey, Shane Scragg, Oscar Miller, Halen Danziger and Corbin Anderson, two to Seth Wright, and Seb Monahan had a night out with three goals.

Awards went to Ryan Mann, Seth Wright, Halen Danziger, Elijah Turner and Sam Lowndes.

Moama

Moama hosted Deniliquin at home for the round 16 clash and the whole team played as a complete unit this week.

The way they shared the ball, gave the ball off with the first option, the talk and comradery really made for a great game.

It was a hard fought game for most of the day with Deniliquin taking it right up to Moama who were able to pull away in the last quarter with their run and commitment to the ball.

The back line held strong, Ollie Connors hit some real form and was great from the first bounce and continued on all game.

Billy Barnes also played a great game while being injured, he wouldn’t come off the ground and kept playing hard until the game was secured, and Aiden Mackenzie has been playing a few positions to hold up the side doing everything right and didn’t get beaten once.

The Moama boys stood tall and didn’t back down with coaches and staff very proud of their efforts.

Goals: N. Osborne 3, A. Baldwin 2, O. Connors 1, B. Ogden 1, K. Stovell 1, D. Jardine 1, D. Castledine 1.

Bests: Oliver Connors, Billy Barnes, Aiden Mackenzie, Jake Mackenzie, Dylan Jardine, Alec Dick.

Under 16

Echuca Youth Girls

As the team ran out for the game at Nathalia, they were met with a heavy fall of rain and hail to set the scene for a very wet, cold start to the game.

But as the weather subsided it provided good conditions for run and bounce.

This game was an even tussle with scores across three quarters before our team had a strong last quarter kicking away with 4.5 to nil to seal the game.

Bridie Wren got the scoring under way with a great goal under pressure, while Nikita Meloury found the target after earlier attempts to finish with 5 goals, with lots of attacks coming from Jeje Mirasol.

Other good efforts around the ground came from Lara Bose who always gives her all, Caitlyn Smith worked hard in defence, and Jess Kingsbury continuing to show great improvement.

The final score was Echuca 6.12 (48) to Northern Angels 1.2 (8), which sees Echuca finish third on the ladder at the end of the minor round, going into the finals next week, for a well-deserved finish to the season.

Echuca green

On a cold wet afternoon Green headed to St Luke’s main oval for its final game of season 2017 against Shepparton Notre Gold.

In the earlier clash Echuca snatched victory at home but with a few key players out it was always going to be a big ask this time around away.

Kicking against a possible four to five goal breeze in the first quarter, Echuca had limited chances up forward, which was reflected on the scoreboard with no score in the first term.

Hayden James, Cohan Betts and Will Devlin competing hard early trying to set the tone for the rest of the team.

The second quarter Echuca continually drove the ball forward with the breeze, but couldn’t take full toll kicking one goal, three points to the half break.

A great crumbing goal to Betts the highlight, strong intercept marking from Harry Dent, and James and Devlin kept them close enough to mount a challenge in the second half.

The third quarter saw Echuca working its way on top winning the clearances out of the middle spearheaded by Brak Dixon in the ruck, rewarded for his efforts with a goal of his own.

Luke Pollock playing as the spare man down back repelled countless forward pushes from Shepparton, Ryan Campbell fought hard up forward kicking a nice goal from 35m out into a strong wind.

While Riley Milburn and Kieran Hogan were trying hard getting in and under packs.

Three late goals from Shepparton in the last two minutes of the quarter were a dagger for Echuca, Gold stretching their lead to 35-points by the last break.

The last quarter saw a determined Green fight hard, kicking two more goals, but unfortunately being undersize and down in rotations Gold were able to run the game out better, Will Devlin kicking his second after the siren.

Green going down in the end by 45 points, 5.8 (38) to 12.11 (83).

Best players were B Dixon, W Devlin, L Pollock, C Betts, H James, H Dent.

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