PICKING a best-of team is a tough ask but here at the Riv we’re pretty happy with how our Echuca-Moama Team of 2017 has turned out.
Some players pick themselves — your Buckleys, Archards and Wanganeens — but sifting through our town’s three senior football sides to find the best 22 is a challenge.
We think we’ve picked a well-balanced side capable of crushing whichever team it comes up against.
Our backline features a great mix of young and experienced talent. Tom McMinn and Logan Power are young but can hold down the key defensive posts as they’ve done all year, with Bart Phillips the general down back organising things.
Daniel Willis and Corey Wanganeen give plenty of run off half-back, while Noah Wheeler and Phil Hubbard also help with our transition play.
The forwards all love a goal. It might take a while to click with Tyler Jones, Ruory Kirkby, Farran Priest and Nic Denahy all competing for the one ball, but the forward six kicked nearly 250 goals between them this season, so we’re pretty sure we can get this to work.
The real highlight of this side is our players starting in the middle — Kane Morris feeding the ball down the throats of Rhys Archard, Simon Buckley and Brent McGrath. Morris and Buckley are good enough by themselves to win the majority of clearances but when you add in Archard with Mitch Eade and Zach Mihocek to get involved off the bench, this is one powerful midfield.
The biggest apologies go to the Bendigo Pioneers players who we didn’t feel had played enough games for an Echuca-Moama side this season to qualify for the Riv team — the Kemp brothers, Darby Henderson, Angus Byrne and Jobee Warde could all improve our side.
Nonetheless, we are happy to present our Echuca-Moama team of the year. No doubt some will disagree with our inclusions, but this is a team of gun players which would represent the twin towns with pride.