Magpie Reserves Still in Finals Hunt
EUROA RESERVES STILL IN THE FINALS HUNT
As with all finals games there is always an increase in the speed and the attack on the ball. This was to be the case with an opening quarter consisting of scrappy football resulting in both sides only scoring a goal each with the Shepp Swans holding a lead of one point on the scoreboard.
1st Quarter scores Euroa 1.1.7 Shepp Swans 1.2.8
As the second quarter opened all the Euroa supporters were hoping that our reserves team could begin to stamp their authority on the game. To our pleasure this was to be the case where we started to win the ball from the centre and at stoppages quickly moving the ball into our forward line allowing the forward line players to take their opportunities to hit the scoreboard. Through this play our reserves team were able to go into the half time break with a fifteen point lead.
Half time scores Euroa 5.2.32 Shepp Swans 2.5.17
At the end of the second quarter there appeared to be altercation amongst the players the result being at the commencement of the third quarter a Shepp Swans player was yellow carded resulting in him missing much of this quarter. With the Swans losing their main ruckman our reserves team were quick to capitalize on this placing much pressure on their opponents winning the ball and using strong run to get the ball into our forward line. This period of the game resulted in our reserves team scoring seven goals during the third quarter going to the break with a fifty two point margin.
3rd Quarter scores Euroa 12.3.75 Shepp Swans 3.5.23
At the three quarter huddle Linc Mckernan asked his players to keep the pressure on the opposition team continue to work hard at the contest. The team continued in this vain which the coached had asked them to do so. The team again outscored the Shepp Swans in the last quarter to come away with a seventy point victory.
Finals score Euroa 16.7.103 Shepp Swans 4.9.33
This was a convincing win by the team lead by Brad Gleeson who was a focal point for the team up forward giving much confidence to the team. The Backline group lead by Coach Linc Mckernan worked well together supporting each other the running group lead by Peter Cairns worked hard across the ground getting the ball into the forward.
Although the writer has only mentioned the above three players he would like to point out that it was a good team effort with all working hard to support and back their teammates up.
This was a good win to commence the finals program but we must acknowledge that the teams we will come up against in the finals race will be much more competitive than the Shepp Swans. To the Swans congratulations on making the finals their effort from where they were last year to this has to be acknowledged by everyone.
Be assured that we can match the teams left in the finals race we must ensure our competitiveness at the contest grows as does the ability of the opponents we will face. If we come prepared with our decision making use of the ball by hand and foot this will have a big impact on the result of the game. Our reserves can improve on this win and must strive to do this In closing the writer would like to mention how hard it is when a team loses a player by way of a yellow card we must be disciplined in our play so it does not happen to us.
So to all our Magpies supporters come along to Benalla on Sunday to support our Reserves team as they battle against the Rochester Tigers