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Strathmerton hop over Rennie and into the grand final

Strathmerton is through to the Picola and District Football League grand final after defeating Rennie at Deniliquin on Sunday.The Grasshoppers held a slight advantage at the first two breaks before the rain started to set in at Memorial Park.Strathmerton was the better side in the slippery conditions in the second half, kicking 7.3 to Rennie’s 2.4.Lance Oswald notched three goals for the Bulldogs, while teammate Travis Down kicked two.Daniel Mangan was the only Rennie player to score multiples goals, kicking two for the afternoon.‘‘It’s a great effort by all involved, especially the playing group who have invested a lot of time and effort into making this a great year,’’ Bulldogs coach Tim Bramich said.‘‘Rennie at Deni in trying conditions for football was always going to be a tough ask and, in a physical slog, it was pleasing to see our boys stand up all day and eventually get over the line.‘‘Sammy Lewis was terrific all day, throwing his light frame into the fray and Shannon Emmett provided plenty of drive off half back.‘‘Matty Shannon and Adrian Crestani battled hard to also repel many of Rennie’s forward thrusts.’’The 26-point win sets up at tantalising grand final against Waaia, which defeated Deniliquin 70-37 in Saturday’s preliminary final.The Bombers and the Bulldogs finished first and second in the regular season and, while Waaia edged the minor premiership, Strathmerton is the only side to beat Matt Brown’s side this season — a 83-45 result in round eight.The grand final kicks off at Berrigan Recreation Reserve at 2.05 pm.Full grand final preview in Thursday’s Shepparton News

Dylan Arvela




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Barooga bowls update

A beautiful afternoon greeted bowlers for the start of women’s social bowls at Barooga Sports Bowls Club on August 26, with a random draw for positions adding a bit of fun and some good competition among the 20 bowlers. Afternoon tea was enjoyed by all, meeting up with everyone after the winter break. Winners were Karen Bruce, Mary Hoog and Elaine Blizzard. Elaine Rothe won the spider and Heather Crosthwaite the ditch to ditch. Monday coaching sessions have started with Ray Emerson at noon for all women. Come along and support the great opportunity the club has offered. Beginners are welcome. Social bowls starts at 1 pm and is 2-4-2 pairs. The first trade day is at Nathalia today and it is fantastic the club has four teams entered.  Women’s first club event is 100-up and entries close Friday. All members are encouraged to support club events. Murray Bowls event entries are also posted on the board those interested. Friday pennant players please note, a practice game has been organised for Friday, September 27, at 10 am against Numurkah Golf. Bring your own lunch. Keith’s Friday bowls had 28 bowlers enjoy fine weather, with Archie Ellis and Neville Walsh winning with +8, ahead of Ruth Burnett and Lance Jenkins with 7. Gavan Cullen and Bill Hoog won best first game with 11. For best second game, Marita O’Kane and Des Toohey and Helen Quinn and Bob Bamford finished with 3, but ends won separated them and Helen Quinn and Bob Bamford won the money. The jackpot is again safe and is worth $125 this week. Opening day was on Saturday and, in fine weather, the club officially opened the season with club secretary/treasurer rolling the first jack and women’s champion Ruth Burnett put down the first bowl. An afternoon of bowls was held, which was won by Archie Ellis and Gordon Bennett, from Peter Russell and team followed by afternoon tea. Trade days starts tomorrow at Numurkah, so get the teams together and enter. The club’s own ‘Share the Wealth’ starts Tuesday, so names down please for this event as well. There is a men’s practice match against Hill Top on Saturday, so put names down to enable selectors to select teams.

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End of the Road for Noonan’s Tigers

Cobram’s spiralling season came to an end on Sunday in a 43-point defeat to Congupna in a Murray Football League elimination final at Numurkah Showgrounds. The Tigers started well, leading the Road 20-15 at the first break, however, Congupna stormed ahead to 21-point half-time lead, despite losing BJ Squire to an injury in the early stages of the contest. Congupna kept a firm grip on proceedings to run out 96-53 winners with Daniel Campbell kicking five goals for the match. Cobram coach Josh Noonan admitted it was always going to be a tough ask for his injury-riddled side to knock off the Road, a side which had lost just one in its past six games. ‘‘They had all the momentum going into the match,’’ Noonan said. ‘‘We didn’t have the momentum like last year and they caught us out. ‘‘It would have been good to get a reward after a pretty tough year.’’ The defeat brings down the curtain on Noonan’s term as Cobram coach after three seasons in charge. He said injuries curtailed his team this year, but believed he was leaving the side, which finished rock bottom of the league in 2015, in a good position after reaching back-to-back finals series. ‘‘We put everything in the right direction this year and the proof of that was in beating Nathalia in round one,’’ he said. ‘‘We battled hard to win games and in the end it was a war of attrition — inconsistencies regarding player changes every week made it hard to maintain any momentum. ‘‘There have been 43 players run through seniors this year, which is just crazy, and if things had gone our way (in terms of injuries) our reserves would probably have been playing finals as well. ‘‘I am very proud to come into the club and be able to leave in a better position than I went into it. ‘‘I am proud of the group and the young kids who have come through. I believe the club is in good shape and hopefully it is set up for sustained success in the future.’’ Noonan had no immediate coaching plans, instead wanting to take a step back and follow his two girls, who played netball for Cobram. ? Cobram’s under-17s and under-14s also played in finals on the weekend. The under-17s had a 20-point loss to Rumbalara in a qualifying final, meaning the side will play Tongala in a semi-final at Nathalia this weekend. The under-14s were crunched 81-13 by Echuca United in the qualifying final. The side will look to rebound in a semi-final at home against Tongala.

Dylan Arvela