Goals galore for Echuca

May 07, 2018

Plucked from thin air: Echuca's Sheridan Townrow rises above the pack to take possession.

Adding another one: Echuca's Olivia Hannon was sensational against Euroa.

Up close and personal: Euroa's Jasmely Trotter and Echuca's Meg Rohde do battle.

Echuca has a surplus of goalers this year.

With a handful of sheer quality able to slot into the ring, the Murray Bombers’ goaling capacity showed against Euroa.

Echuca put through 75 goals with Olivia Hannon and Sheridan Townrow sticking out the whole game together in the circle.

Benefiting from the absence of star Euroa defender Kelly Hill who sat on the sidelines with a back injury, the Murray Bombers put on scores of 19, 20, 20 and 16 across four quarters.

Last year’s Goulburn Valley League A-grade goaler Lisa Drysdale continues to perform strongly in B-grade, giving coach Gina Pearson options.

‘‘The way they played they worked really well together in goals and we’ve been trying to get Sherry back into the game after 12 months off, but it’s starting to come together,’’ Pearson said.

‘‘Her and Liv have played together before and they’re starting to get some touch again.

‘‘We made a decision last week that we needed to cut back our A-grade squad because we were having to make too many changes, so we’ve sort of tried to settle down our teams although they’re not completely settled.

‘‘Lisa Drysdale has been playing B-grade because she needed court time and A-grade players needed to be playing together for more time to develop connections and it’s worked for B-grade and she’s playing well.’’

Pearson is pleased with the direction her team is heading having produced an impressive half against Kyabram last week before continuing that again on Saturday.

For Euroa coach Laura Emanuelli there was a more peculiar feeling at the end of the match.

‘‘Everyone that has said ‘how’d you go?’ I say ‘we played really well, but lost by 35 goals’,’’ Emanuelli said.

‘‘We were fairly strong across all quarters for about five or seven minutes and it was that last bit where they got on top.’’

Emanuelli and her shooting partner Deanne Tuppen again combined effectively in the circle with Kali Frost’s anticipation of where to place the ball exceptional.

With Kelly Hill injured and goal keeper Katie Parkes sidelined with a dislocated ankle, teenager Hannah Broughton and Caitlin Smith were responsible for the defensive end although the new combination’s inexperience together showed.

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