Women’s football team go on scoring rampage

By Riverine Herald

CAPITALISING on forward 50 entries goes a long way to winning a game of footy.

Echuca Women’s football team did exactly that on Sunday as they powered to a 110-point win over Mooroopna.

Coach Mick McInnes pleaded with his side to take their chances after they failed to take full advantage in round one, despite picking up the four points.

And he certainly got more than he bargained for as the Murray Bombers registered 33 scoring shots, kicking 18 goals.

Returning duo Jodie Lake and Desrae Atkinson led the way with nine goals between them in a forward line which created opportunities at will.

‘‘That was the most potency our forward line has had in a long time,’’ McInnes said.

‘‘We made it clear that we wanted to get the ball inside 50 quickly. With the targets we have down there, we knew we can get it done in the air or on the ground.

‘‘It’s pleasing to have seven girls get on the board.’’

While the forwards will get plenty of credit for the performance, it took an even contribution from each individual to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

As the old cliche in football goes, everyone played their role.

‘‘It was great to get a four quarter effort,’’ McInnes said.

‘‘The girls could have easily gone into their shells when they knew the game was won.

‘‘But they continued to do all the little things that they ask of each other.

‘‘It was a professional approach to the situation.’’

Now that the Murray Bombers have laid the foundations for the season with two wins from two, it’s time to lay down their biggest marker yet.

That chance comes in a game against reigning premiers Shepparton following the Easter break.

‘‘There’s no hiding from the fact that it’s a massive challenge,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got ourselves in a nice position early in the season and we want to keep that record intact. I have full faith in our group to surprise everyone.

‘‘There is no reason we can’t take the four points.’’

The game will take place on Sunday April 28 at Vic Park from 2pm.