Sport

Mamma Mia!

By Riverine Herald

ECHUCA’S women’s football side produced a Mother’s Day marvel on Sunday, holding second placed Nathalia scoreless in an 80-point drubbing.

It’s often said a mother is capable of incredible things and as it turns out, that sentiment extended to the football field.

Coach Mick McInnes highlighted his side’s defensive efforts last week and again they didn’t let him down — even if there were different faces down back.

Their efforts have been impressive — the side has conceded just seven goals in five games.

‘‘Our defensive structures have been incredible,’’ McInnes said.

‘‘The entire side has shown they are capable of playing a role down back.

‘‘There is a fine balance of knowing when to switch players but we have the confidence to do it at any time.’’

But you can’t just rely on the defenders — you need support in the guts as well.

If a team can apply the necessary pressure, defending becomes that much easier.

‘‘The midfield’s intent has been pleasing,’’ McInnes explained.

‘‘They’re refusing to allow the opposition easy disposals.’’

The only worry for McInnes came in front of the big sticks after the Bombers blew multiple chances to extend the margin into triple figures — finishing the day with 20 behinds.

‘‘Our goal kicking was the only disappointment,’’ he said.

‘‘It is often one of the most undervalued elements of the game.

‘‘We need to convert our chances — whether it be against the stronger or weaker teams in the competition.’’

There are no guarantees in football, but Echuca’s next game against the winless Tatura is as close as they come.

‘‘We have to show them the same respect as any other team,’’ McInnes said.

‘‘Our goal will be to put scoreboard pressure on early and not give them a sniff.

‘‘Once the game is on our terms we can try a few different tactics.’’