Scorchers fuel fire as they torch River Rats

June 06, 2018

Echuca-Moama's Clayton Thompson looks to smash the ball.

Shepparton Youth Club's Matt Higgins is in control here.

Shepparton Youth Club's Addison Davis prepares to take possession.

Shepparton Youth Club moved into second spot on the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association’s A-men’s ladder after a solid win at the weekend.

The Scorchers comfortably dealt with Echuca-Moama in the 4-0 result as Matt Irwin (two goals), Ben Meates and Liam Williamson all found the back of the net.

Paul Irwin’s work across the pitch was enough to have him named the best player in the game, while for the River Rats it was James Thomson, Clayton Thompson and Lachie Thompson who stood up under pressure.

SYC’s win had nothing on ladder-leader Shepparton Strikers’ performance though.

The Strikers did as they pleased under lights on Friday night, dominating a still winless Mooroopna outfit.

A procession of goals in the first half paved the way for the 14-0 win to the top team, but it was the Cats who lifted most in the second stanza to stem the bleeding somewhat.

Xavier McBain (four goals), Connor Holland (three), Lachie Russell (three), James McBain (two), Nathan McBain and Andrew Woodcock all found their way into the scorer’s book during the victory, while Duncan Moodie was also impressive.

Kale Kennedy, Jack Vaivars and James Sach battled hard all game for the Cats.

In the B-men’s division the matches were much tighter affairs.

Benalla, Echuca-Moama and SYC all won their respective clashes to cement spots in the top three positions on the table.

Broden Dean, Thomas Hill and Martin Gillies led the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Strikers, with Sean Trevaskis, Robert Dean (Benalla) and Daniel Trevaskis (Strikers) scoring the goals.

The River Rats had a 3-1 win over Mooroopna, while the Scorchers — led by a haul of three goals to Iain Greig — defeated Euroa 5-3.

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