Juniors dream of premiership glory

By Brayden May

TALENTED footballers from the twin towns could taste the ultimate success on Sunday when they do battle in Shepparton and District Junior Football League grand finals.

Echuca Murray Bombers are their club's sole representatives in the under 14s, while Moama will feature in the under 16s division two game. 

When Echuca takes to the field against Shepparton Swans White in Sunday's grand final, it will be more than about the premiership according to coach Steven Orr.

Throughout the season, Orr has delivered a simple message to his young group - "have fun".

And he won't be changing his approach despite his side featuring in the biggest game of the season.

"I want the players to be able to enjoy the experience," Orr said.

"It isn't everyday that you get to play in a grand final, it has taken a lot of work to get here.

"Everyone has developed really well this season and it would be a great reward for them to lift the trophy at the end of the game.

"But I'll be proud of everyone no matter what happens."

If they are to leave Deakin Reserve with medals around their neck, the Murray Bombers will need to upset a Swans side who finished the season on top of the ladder.

"They've got a lot of talented players," Orr said.

"I've got a lot of respect for them because they've had an extremely good year.

"It will be a tough game but I'm confident we can get the job done."

The game will get underway at 9.15am.

Moama under 16s

Moama's journey to a grand final has been one unlike many others.

A regular battle with player numbers, the members of the side fought their way to second spot on the ladder behind Echuca United.

Come the opening week of finals they met this week's opponent Tatura, who stunned the Magpies to the tune of 166-points.

While the result was not what was expected, coach Shannon Keam said his team were proud of making it to the big dance.

"I think we take solace in the fact we made it to the grand final," he said.

"It's a great reward to the group for all the work they have done this season, especially the kids and their families who have been there every week and stuck it out through the tough parts of the season.

"It's taken a massive effort from everyone involved to get to where we are now, so I'm really proud of what we have achieved."

Keam, who co-coached Moama's last senior flag in 2010 alongside current senior coach Luke Eldridge, said his team should enjoy the week and not play the game before the match.

"During the week we touched on not thinking too much about the game until they get out there," he said.

"We want the players to enjoy the build up, enjoy the game and have fun with it, and we've tried to create that kind of environment around the club in the build up."

The match begins at 1pm at Deakin Reserve.