Moama white played Echuca white on Friday night and with holidays still on both sides played with 18 players.
Right from the start Moama’s backline was under pressure and found it hard to kick it into their forward line.
Jye Jarrett played a fantastic game attacking the ball continuously with Charlie Granger and Harry Limbrick supporting him.
The midfield led by Lachy Hogan and Ben Patterson battled hard with Oscar Burns and Archie Connors laying plenty of tackles.
Moama played the game out courageously and kept running all night.
Echuca white had the home ground advantage at Victoria Park against Moama white.
Captain James Head led by example playing solid football in the ruck and up forward and Sam Edgar picked up possessions at will breaking the lines with his hard running setting up teammates and kicking three goals.
Will Poulton continued his great goal kicking form with four goals in the first half and Carson Smith battled hard down back and up forward.
Luke Stone presented well up forward to snag a goal and Lachlan Donchi snapped a couple of great goals celebrating with his trademark double Cobra.
Thanks to Hugh Byrne and Harry Milburn for filling in to make up the numbers, other solid contributors were Darchi Clarke, Jack Morley, Harry Barden and River Stevens.
Sunday saw the Echuca Bombers take on an undermanned but determined SGR Giants in chilly conditions.
Echuca was also missing some of its stars, but managed to dominate the opening quarter, with Ollie Bray kicking three goals.
The second quarter was a closer battle, Kyle Green, Levi Hone and Brodie Wilson making strong contributions through the middle.
The final half was all Echuca, Will Rhode, Jett Westblade, Lexi Gregor, Max Hagan, and Brodie Wilson, all queuing up to score goals.
Makai Cronin made a successful return from injury to kick one of his own, while Ollie Bray ended up with four goals, as did goal sneak Will Rhode.
Echuca United blue
Echuca United Blue played well while away on Friday night against Leitchville-Gunbower.
Under lights and in showers of rain the teams managed to keep the footy in their hands and displayed some very good skills.
This weeks awards went to Jake Clancy who continues to play great footy week in week out, Brodie Hartford enjoyed his position up forward kicking a bag of goals, JJ Bartlett showed some solid skills as did his brother Zech Bartlett who was in form creating plenty of opportunity for his team and Nash Ramage controlled the ball and displayed great ability all game.
Next week’s game is at home against Echuca Green at 6.15pm.
After a well-deserved rest the boys were back at Victoria Park for an earlier start than usual against Moama black.
The game started quickly for Echuca green with the boys making a concerted effort to keep up the pressure.
Great talk and spontaneous teamwork resulted in two goals for the quarter.
The second quarter had a bounty of goals.
Paddy Kennedy scored his second goal of the season, Isaac Watson pumped a goal through from 30m and Ed Cunningham then improved his stats from the previous week, by claiming his first goal.
The third quarter was where the captain Lachie Mackenzie chose to shine, his work rate was impressive and this was exemplified by him scoring the first goal.
All in all a good game and it looked as though the boys were happy to be back in the saddle.
Awards went to Lachie Mackenzie, Archer Carlile, the “two red heads” and Josh Dempster.
Echuca United gold
With a change from a Friday night to a Sunday morning the United gold team took on Lockington in a game where parents could see the kids in daylight for a change.
Led by captain for the day Jet O’Reilly, who presented well down forward and starting to get more confident in his abilities.
Jye Pearce came back from holidays as if he had never left and snagged a couple of good goals, Sam Chapman was rewarded with a major which came from playing in front all day and Kane Sidebottom was in and under and constantly providing plenty of in side 50s off the wing and is getting more consistent with every game.
Olly Poole had a day out getting plenty of the ball and hitting the score board regularly.
Ridley Gass was running from the first quarter to the last getting his fair share of the football as well as protecting his team mates with good shepherds.
A great game with the whole side keeping true to the team goals and played in great spirit.
On Sunday Echuca Bombers played SGR at Victoria Park who started the game strongly giving the Bombers backline, led by Anthony Huisman, Nick Stone and Jake Cardilini, plenty of work to do.
Josh Ball kicked his first goal for the season but at quarter time Bombers were down by three goals.
In the second quarter Sam Deola was moved to full back, Jake Dempster was everywhere and Jordan Green kicked a nice goal, still trailing by 16 points at half time.
The third quarter was even and when Archer Ritchie kicked a great goal on the run, the Bombers team lifted their work rate and one could sense it was game on.
In the last quarter goals to Darby Baldwin, Tom Donchi and Jace Tonkin saw the Bombers within five points of SGR.
With only seconds to go a Bombers shot on goal went just wide and SGR won a very tight game by four points.
Awards went to Jake Dempster, Kobyn James, Coewyn Harrison and Matt Gazelle.
Echuca green took on a strong Moama team on Friday night at Victoria Park, and started off well kicking the first goal through Corbin Anderson and the under 12 players in Tighe O’brien and Sam Edgar provided some spark up forward.
The second quarter didn’t start as well, but the defence of Caleb Turner, Hayden Quincey, Daniel Summers and Elijah Turner repelled many of Moama’s thrusts forward.
Kobyn James and Halen Danziger kicked two quick goals in the third through great work in the middle from Austin Reinehr and Shane Scragg.
The last term saw the boys battle it out with 16 left on the field, great running from Harry Wetton, Zac Casey and Taj Elliott provided Seth Hohendorf-wright and Seb Monahan with opportunities, with Seb kicking one of his trademark goals. In the end it was a great effort from the Echuca boys against a much stronger Moama.
Final scores Echuca 4.2 (26) Moama 16.5 (101), best players Hayden Quincey, Austin Reinehr, Daniel Summers, Corbin Anderson.
Another big challenge for the boys against Moama.
We got the first goal and had a lot of the play in the first quarter to take a slender lead into quarter time.
Moama hit back in the second quarter to level the scores right on half time, but the boys were working hard with some good run and carry before Moama again outscored United to take a handy lead into the last quarter.
A quick goal to Moama at the start of the last was going to make it hard for the boys but to their credit they never gave up and a couple of quick goals to Tyson Hay and Max Childs had the boys back in it, but time ran out for them.
Full of run in the end which is a good sign for the boys going forward.
Awards: Jesse Garner (Hungry Jacks), Jarryd Taylor (Pet Stock), Jaidyn Talbot (Brownz Cafe), Max Childs (DeTranzani Hair), Matt Harris (Subway), Tyson Hay (Evans Shoes), Parent’s awards to Brodie Lloyd and Alexander Graham.
Friday night Moama took on Echuca green at Victoria Park and with James Bentley in the ruck feeding our on ballers all night and showing some great pace and skills himself they were off running with a steady flow of goals throughout the game.
Ned Osborne and Callum Parsons were standouts with Baxter Anderson, Lachlan Hewes, Zane Lochhead, Luka Simpson, Colbie Vrendenberg, and with some fancy footwork Callam Palmer all scoring majors.
The boys were sensational with great fast moving teamwork and when Echuca came at them they were stopped in their tracks by Brodie Marriott, Will Norris, James Gillivan, Matthew Cartwright, and Rove Hocking standing tall and repelling all that came their way.
There were some great tackles laid by Ned, Luka, and Brodie and with Jake Bringans and Colbie working tirelessly in the centre and on the wings the boys were convincing winners.
Awards went to Luka Simpson, Brodie Marriott, James Bentley, Colbie Vrendenberg, Ned Osborne, Lachy Hewes and Baxter Anderson.
Echuca youth girls
Travelling to Emmaus Oval at Shepparton, the Youth Girls took on the top team Shepparton Notre, in breezy conditions at this new oval facility, with plenty of open spaces.
A great start to the day, with good attacks from Ash Kelly’s clearances out of the centre to get the first score on the board, then holding the opposition scoreless in the first quarter, due to solid efforts and defensive team play through the determined Rewa O’Brien, and Alivia Noonan who continues to grow in defence.
Georgie Pain was in everything working through the midfield creating attacks, while Jeje Mirasol showed her love to run, Gipsy Boyes always making a contest in her play and Jess Kingsbury rising to the challenge when moved to the wing adding another plus to her game.
Another great effort by this young team with final score, Echuca 2.2 (14) to Shepp Notre 8.7 (55).
Back after the final bye round, Echuca Green hosted a determined Rochester Tigers at Victoria Park.
Unfortunately for Green it was the Tigers that got the early jump, but the second quarter saw Riley Milburn snap a goal to get Green started on the scoreboard and another to Fraser Brooks meant it looked as though Green was back on track.
But some untimely skill errors by our boys gave the Tigers a chance to kick three more of their own and extend their lead at half-time to 28 points.
Harry Dents game continued to grow starting the second half in the ruck he gave good opportunity to our mids, Cohen Betts, Jack Evans and Kieran Hogan stepping up their work rate, getting the ball forward.
Will Devlin kicked his first from a strong mark and Luke Pollock pushing up the ground got one of his own.
Clayton Summers was having a great game down back repelling many of the Tigers challenges across the back flank.
Brak Dixon at full back was having the better of his opponent and Rylea Jones game on the wing was competitive, linking up well with our forwards.
With four minutes left in the game it looked as though we might steal this one after all, but it was not to be, Rochester holding on to register with an eight point win, 8.8-56 to 7.6-48.
Goals: W. Devlin 3, F. Brooks 1, R. Milburn 1, C. Mills 1, L. Pollock 1.
Bests: H. Dent, C. Summers, K. Hogan, B. Dixon, C. Betts, R. Jones.
Echuca United fell short again of getting a win over a top four side in Moama, they battled hard for three quarters but allowed Moama to kick some easy last quarter goals in a low scoring affair.
Mitchell Stephens held strong down back marking and driving the ball into attack on numurous occasions, Jacob Coad who never gives in put his body on the line and showed great desperation.
Lochlan Stenhouse provided good options up forward and continues to show great improvement as does Brodie Dixon who has been consistent across half-back all year reading the play and intercept marking.
Jordan Godfrey also playing in the backline was rock solid and was once again invaluable to the team.
We now face Congupna on their home ground which will prove to be another test for the young Eagles.
Final scores Moama 6.6 (42) to Echuca United 1.3 (9).
This week saw us head to cross town rivals Echuca United, the game started off with a real arm wrestle, but the boys slowly gained ascendency as the game wore on.
Callum Doyle and Jake Kneebone were running amok in the centre with Hayden Tyler playing a crucial role in the middle and getting the job done.
The backline led by Reece Sidebottom, Josh Dickson and Bailey Steenbuck held up their end of the bargain and limited United in goal scoring opportunities.
Overall a great four quarter effort by all players and a great win.
Bests: Reece Sidebottom, Hayden Tyler, Josh Dickson, Callum Doyle, Jake Kneebone and Bailey Steenbuck.