The Shepparton District Junior Football League under-16 season is proving as unpredictable as the AFL.
There are close results everywhere you turn and only two games separates Shepparton United Blue on top of the ladder and Echuca White in ninth.
That evenness came to the surface on Sunday as the Murray Bombers held off a late challenge to defeat an inaccurate Demons by six points.
Joseph Guiney, Matthew Lias, Josh Beveridge, Mitchell Wales and Chay Hancock were matchwinners for Echuca White, while Blake Fothergill, Kade Chalcraft, William Baker, Adam Pummeroy and Darcy Holding stood out for the Demons.
Shepparton United Red got one back, overcoming a three-quarter-time deficit to defeat Mooroopna by eight points.
Matthew Poppa, Ethan McLaren, Jhett Cooper (five goals), Bailey Pearson, Robert Mifka and Damien Pigatto were outstanding for the Demons and the Cats were well served by Meafou Pele, Isaac Dowling, Domenic Gugliotti, Bailey Whittaker and Lochlan O’Brien.
Shepparton Swans came within 10 points of knocking off Kyabram Black, with Will Dwyer, Josh Rachele (four goals), Jaxon Thomas, Ty Sutherland and Mason Trevaskis in top form.
The Bombers’ best were Mitchell Gugliotti, Liam Dillon, Cooper Vick and Kalab Ford.
Shepparton Notre Gold booted 10 goals in the second half to secure a 25-point win against Rochester.
The Bears were well led by Orien Kerr, Zak Wikman (five goals), Andrew Lloyd, Aidan Lloyd and Harry Brodie.
Rochester’s top performers were Will Pressnell, Seamus Henderson, Matthew Blow and Blake Evans.
Echuca Green demolished Tatura in the other game by 143 points.