United starts to look very good

By Andrew Johnston

ECHUCA United put it all together at the weekend — a 3-0 season start, a dynamo with an equal share of the league goal kicking and another 10-goal win.

And it all happened against their local rivals on one of the biggest days of the season.

Echuca United left Moama Recreation Reserve on Good Friday with the victory, second spot on the ladder and, most importantly, the Three Jacks cup as a club.

The star of the day for the Eagles was Josh Mellington – the former Fremantle Docker booted seven to take his season tally to 17.

United coach Guy Campbell took pride in a 10 goal win considering his side still has areas where they can drastically improve.

“It can be a bit frustrating when you are in the moment,” he said.

“But it is also pretty exciting to walk away from the game knowing you can still change some little things, because those little things eventually turn into big things when you get them right.”

While the likes of Mellington are sure to come into praise for their performance, the key to United’s early form has been a full side performance.

“Every contest is going to matter this season, no matter where it takes place on the ground,” he said.

“Our players across every line contributed today, they did everything asked of them and I am really happy with their performance.”

At a perfect 3-0, United is now looking at other top sides in the competition to find ways to get better.

“We look at what the top sides in the competition have done in the past few seasons, how they perform and how we as a side compare to them,” he said.

“We need to keep having the imagination in training and in how we are doing things, we need to continue to challenge ourselves and get better so we can compete with the top sides.”

The loss for Moama takes the side to 0-3, sitting above only Katandra on the Murray League ladder.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the young Magpies.

An 11 goal opening quarter saw the Magpies trail by just four points against a clearly more talented side and with strong performances from James Whitehead and Jack Harland, as well as three goals from Fraser Buchanan, there is a lot to like.

Moama was outclassed but if they can maintain their strong form through a whole game they can still win a few games and be in the upper part of the bottom six.