There was Jacks, now there’s squat | Opinion

By Andrew Johnston

TOMORROW is a special day for so many reasons.

But in 2020, one of those reasons has been taken away from us by this COVID-19 crisis.

We should have been watching a day of quality football and netball from two clubs which mean a great deal to Echuca-Moama, as the Eagles and Magpies squared off in the Good Friday tradition that is the Three Jacks Trophy.

And like the many people of our twin towns, we here at Riv Sport are devastated not to be a part of the day.

There was so much more drama this year than in any season we had seen before.

Reigning A grade premiers Echuca United would have raised their flag, not only against the team they beat to claim it, but against some old friends turned foes.

After four brilliant meetings in 2019, we couldn’t wait to see what was in store for this years first contest.

We would have had the opportunity to see if the Eagles footballers were still in top four form, and to see how far the young Magpies had come in the off season as they faced down their great rivals.

It would have been a great day. I’ve been to this contest in both of my years at the Riv, and loved the atmosphere that comes with it.

I loved being part of one of the biggest crowds in country football that I have seen.

And I love the rivalry hearing the fans and lower grade players from each team hurl abuse at senior players, and people debating who is better from the outer.

I'm going to miss that this year.

The absence of football and netball isn't the end of the world in the grand scheme of things, there are far more difficult issues facing us at the moment.

But it doesn’t change the fact that we miss it, and we miss all of you. A lot.