Kelly Hill’s magnificent career at Euroa was celebrated on Saturday as the star defender brought up her 250th game.
In a 20-goal win at Mansfield, Hill put in yet another strong performance as an experienced player in a young defensive end.
Playing coach Laura Emanuelli said Hill was a key part in her decision to cross to the Magpies, pointing to her guidance as her greatest asset on the court.
‘‘Every week you can rely on her to play her role and do her part and just the leadership she shows on court is amazing,’’ Emanuelli said.
‘‘We obviously played together at Shepparton United and I had half a year off after (daughter) Indi and she said ‘come out and try something new’.’’
Having spent time as Euroa’s playing coach, her expertise has been in high demand this year with the introduction of new players into the A-grade side.
‘‘Her work ethic and determination is really good as well, just leading Katie Parkes our goal keeper, who is not as experienced as a defender, she talks her through that and also with Eliza Hoare in the middle,’’ Emanuelli said.
In a high-scoring match the Magpies gained the lead early, gradually building the margin at each break as the home side continued to remain competitive.
Emanuelli and fellow shooter Deanne Tuppen impressed and Caitlyn Degaris stood firm, while Bonnie Toogood and Darcy Croxford-Demasi were again solid performers for the Eagles.
The win put Euroa into the top six as matches against Tatura and Seymour have it likely to hkeep that spot at the end of the regular season.
●Tylah Marchbank was once again Benalla’s most influential performer in the Saints’ 13-goal win against Rochester.
The Tigers struggled to put scores on the board early, with Dylan Nexhip’s side moving to a 12-goal lead at quarter-time.
An impressive fightback had Rochester outshine its opposition in the third quarter with 12 goals to eight, but Benalla’s Grace Thomas ensured the Saints remained on target pushing out the margin in the final term.
Maddy Egglestone, Ellie Cuttriss and Eesha Clarke led the Tigers’ charge.