THE Echuca-Moama EMUs journeyed to Mooroopna for round one to participate in the Masters Football Carnival on the weekend.
Taking part in EMUs colours for the first time were Travis Edwards, Chris Meehan and Craig Taylor who all immediately took to the spirit of “footy for fun” from the first bounce.
Congratulations to those men on making their debut.
In the first game, the EMUs faced off with Gisbourne on the main oval and the first half was a relatively even contest.
Gisbourne hit the scoreboard with the first major and managed to add another with some solid running off the half back.
EMUs struck back with Damien Hammond finding the mark between the big sticks.
The second half saw the EMUs dominate with the defenders Garner Smith and Pete Spencer working hard to keep Gisbourne away from making a score.
Through the middle the run of Chris Hagan, the grunt of Jeff Abela and composure of Michael Dodd saw the EMUs using the ball at a more effective rate, leading to the EMUs peppering the goals with scores from Damien Hammond, Chris Hagan, Darren Syranamual, Jacko O’Brien and Justin Voss.
A convincing win from Echuca Masters had the men’s spirits high.
The second game saw the EMUs take to the third oval to face Geelong, who came out of the gates strong taking an early lead.
The EMU defenders were working overtime as Echuca failed to penetrate the forward 50 as often as they would have liked but still able to add a couple of goals before the end of the half.
The second half saw the contest increase in physicality but the EMUs rose to occasion and surged to add majors with Jacko O’Brien showing the conversion from defender to forward was no mistake as the standout against Geelong contributing to the scoreboard and adding some grunt.
Michael Dodd followed on from the first game with class finding and using the ball with precision while the ruck rotations of Lyndon Graham, Duane Kelly and Justin Voss controlled much of the ruck contest.
Despite the EMUs winning the second half they were unable to come away with victory but walked away with confidence given the performance against Geelong last year.
Overall, the EMUs had a great carnival in the spirit of the Masters.
The EMUs next game they head to Maryborough on April 21.