Hot start then tyres deflate

April 09, 2018

A superb first quarter has paved the way for Euroa to comfortably open its Goulburn Valley League account.

A superb first quarter has paved the way for Euroa to comfortably open its Goulburn Valley League account.

The Magpies piled on six goals to none in the opening stanza against Shepparton United to take full control of the contest.

From there though, the Memorial Oval fixture turned into an arm wrestle, with the Demons lifting their intensity around the ball and threatening to ruin Euroa’s day.

‘‘We came out all guns blazing, which was nice,’’ Euroa playing coach JD Hayes said.

‘‘But credit to United, they made it a real contest after quarter-time and made us work for it.’’

The Magpies managed just two goals in each of the second and third terms — as well as none in the last stanza — prompting Hayes to look to the fitness of his troops as a possible reason for not finishing the game out in a high gear.

‘‘We’re sure to improve a lot from that,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘We found ourselves needing the run and we’ll definitely benefit from it.

‘‘Because our last practice match was cancelled, it was the first game in a month for some of our boys, so a few were a bit underdone.’’

Will McFarlane was a shining light in the ruck for the home side, while Hayes singled out three more of his teammates for their outstanding performances.

‘‘Simon Lehmann down back was gutsy all day,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘He went back with the flight three or four times and really impressed me.

‘‘Jett Trotter (two goals) up forward is a real X-factor for us, while we loved having John Ikupu and his presence back.

‘‘A few times Johnny crunched into a pack and you thought ‘geez, I’m glad he’s on my side’.’’

Jayden Shea and Hayes joined Trotter by booting two goals, while Ben Harrison, Andrew Bell and Max Gleeson were also influential.

The touted inclusion of VFL-listed duo Jamison Shea and Lauchlan Dalgleish was scuppered at the 11th hour for the Magpies, but Hayes is hopeful the Footscray pair — along with Williamstown’s Oliver Tate — will be able to line up against Kyabram.

For the Demons, Jack Norman snared another two goals to double his season tally, while Adam Fichera bobbed up with a pair of majors of his own.

Shane Neaves, Zac Rundell-Gordon, Ed Adams, Matt Di Bella, Cameron Calder and Harrison Osborn were also impressive, but the weight of Euroa’s scoring shots (26 to 12) was simply too much for the Demons to contend with in the end.

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