Blue boys made to earn keep by Echuca

May 16, 2018

Shepparton United Blue received a real test from Echuca Bombers as the two top-four under-14 Shepparton District Junior Football League sides went head-to-head.

Blue looked to be running away with the game early after keeping the Murray Bombers scoreless in the opening term.

The Demons continued the charge in the second term and held a 34-point lead at the main break.

But there was plenty of life in Echuca which kicked 5.4 in the third term to trail by one point at the last break.

Despite the effort which included a starring role by Elijah Bruns, the Demons regained their composure in the final term to win by 15 points with Jordan Wiggins snaring two goals.

Tatura’s Mason Reeves scored four goals, but the Bulldogs went down by 21 points to Mooroopna Blue.

Cameron O’Connell and Jai Bailey were also dutiful for Tatura, but the influence of Mooroopna’s Coby James, Campbell McElhinney (three goals), Kydan Atkinson (three goals) and Ashton Sloper (two goals) was too much to counteract.

Mooroopna White stayed a step ahead of Shepparton Swans White to end their clash 15 points in the lead.

Liam Leahy and Riley Moon dominated proceedings for the Cats with the pair part of all the action and combining for nine goals, while Oliver Warburton was the Swans’ best.

Shepparton Swans Red was seeing red after being overcome by Shepparton United Red by 65 points.

Isaac Barry, Sam Adams and Josh Crawford were influential for the Demons, while Enrique Goggin was best for the Swans.

Echuca Murray Bombers ran out big winners against Shepparton Notre Gold and Echuca Green was too strong for Shepparton Notre Maroon.

●In youth girls matches, Mooroopna and Tatura joined forces to wear pink armbands in support of those suffering from breast cancer, but the Cats had no time to make friends on the field.

Mooroopna secured a 49-point victory against the Bulldogs with Chelsea Briggs-Baksh phenomenally kicking eight goals, while Maddie Dowell kicked five.

Mollie Joyce and Madelyn Andronaco were also brilliant for the Cats, while Sarah Lange-Richards and Ciara-Jayne Neilly were Tatura’s best.

Shepparton United showed Cobram no mercy in an 87-point victory with Angelina Waters, Amy Lyle and Sindoori Iyengar the team’s most important players, while Jorja Withers toiled hard for the Tigers.

Finley had no trouble accounting for Numurkah with Olivia Cicolini bagging nine goals, while Hayley Doohan was best.

Chloe Schmedje led Echuca to a tight seven-point win against Benalla, although Keeley Skepper gave her all for the Saints.

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