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No guns, no worries

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April 16, 2018

Echuca produced a stirring performance to reel in a fast-starting Seymour outfit on Saturday.

Echuca produced a stirring performance to reel in a fast-starting Seymour outfit on Saturday.

The Murray Bombers had their collective backs to the wall early in the second term, but lifted across the ground to wrestle the ascendancy of the contest back from the Lions.

With superstar Simon Buckley a non-starter — and premier Goulburn Valley League ruckman Kane Morris and gun midfielder Shaun Gannon succumbing to soft-tissue injuries in the first term — Echuca had little right to power to a 17-point victory at Kings Park after trailing by more than four goals.

It made the triumph more sweeter for co-coach Simon Maddox and his charges.

‘‘We were a little bit flat out of the box and they jumped us,’’ Maddox said.

‘‘But to fight back with two blokes out for most of the game and in the pouring rain was really, really good.

‘‘We’ve still got a lot of work to do if we want to be up there with the top sides though.’’

Morris’ injury forced teenager Jobee Warde to ruck for almost the entire contest, while fellow young rising stars Angus Byrne and Will Monahan also impressed in the fightback.

‘‘It was good to have a number of quality blokes out and still get the win,’’ Maddox said.

‘‘We will take some real positives out of it, but we also know we’ve got a fair way to go yet.’’

Matt Dornauf and Byrne snared two majors each for the Murray Bombers, while Dan Willis, Noah Wheeler and Tim Allan were also among the side’s best players.

For Seymour, Ben Clifton and Kyle Winter-Irving snagged three goals apiece, with Jason Cole, Dylan Scopel, Billy Cox and Aiden Adams also standing up in tough conditions.

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