Players had arrived early at the ground to have their team photos taken, then lined up for their yellow arm-bands to show support of this being the “Call to Arms” Cancer weekend.
After waiting for the Under 12s umpire (Scott Watson) to arrive, both sides ran eagerly onto the ground.
From the first siren there was instant pressure shown from both teams. An early point to Euroa was soon to be followed by a Euroa goal.
David Mole was playing his usual game, quickly kicked the ball to Dylan McDonald who marked well and drove the ball down the ground to Nicholas Johnson, good play followed with another goal forced through St Mary's strong defence. Kobe Black and Josh Hogg were trying hard.
McDonald to Linton Colclough made a well-judged pass to Kyle Andrews. Both sides were working hard, scrambling to get a possession.
First quarter scores: Euroa 2.2-14, St Mary's 0.0-0.
Ball headed straight toward St Mary's goals but strong defence from Scott Jones pushed the ball back into the centre, Brady Davidson, Jake Smith and Matthew Whitney all playing part in good passages of play. John Mason hand-balled out but it came back to him and a point was the result. The football seemed to be doing laps around the centre Linton, Brendan D’Arcy and Josh Glendenning kept it moving out with Jarmyn Tremellen shepherding well. D’Arcy to Aidan Smithers who took a clean mark kicked to Jake Smith resulting in a point. Play was locked in Euroa’s forward line Riley Bjorksten, Mitch Gleeson, Mitchell Cullen and John Mason showing determination. St Mary's defence were pushing back Scott, Aidan, Brendan all played part in another pressure point to Euroa.
Half-time scores: Euroa 2.7-19, St Mary's 0.0-0.
Coaches talk brought both teams out fired up to start this quarter. Johno to Scott back into Euroa’s forward line, great mark to Riley Dowell his kick driven toward goal but St Mary's push back again. As Euroa’s boundary Umpire disappeared Watto threw in the ball. Scott kicks into goal square to Jake Smith and goal. Angus Murray was doing a good job in ruck. Max Gleeson broke clear and kicks down field. Another Euroa goal soon followed. Moley to Whitney into the goal square and yet another. St Mary's trying hard to get clear, both sides giving their all, 36 kids who all want the ball.Jack Mc Kernan and Daniel Johnson playing well. Good team work from St Mary's moved the ball away from Euroa’s forwardline as the siren sounded.
Third quarter scores: Euroa 5.9-39, St Mary's 0.0-0.
Good knock out by Johno, St Mary's pushing hard as frustration started to show. Ball was going back and forward constantly at times it seemed like 50 kids scrambling for the ball. Nate Trotter showed strong skills shepherding well. Good pick up by Daniel Edwards. Riley Dowell playing with desperation. Nate got clear but another rushed behind. Nick Dowell and James Wright both trying hard. High pressure football from both sides as the rain begins. Things seemed to become a bit scrappy with a lot of ball ups. Dylan was amongst the action. Good mark by Scott with a big kick into the pack. Nate cleared but his shot hit the post just before the final siren.
A good competitive game from both teams, Euroa showed good teamwork and discipline in wet conditions.
Final scores: Euroa 5.12-42, St Mary's 0.0-0.
The first quarter was a tough struggle. St Mary’s were first to score and their attacking was very good. Euroa’s back line of Andrew Hill and Paddy Dowell was tremendous and sent the ball back to the forward line on many occassions. Nick Thomson took a strong Mark and Jayden Andrew, Linc McKernan, Zac Gleeson and Connor Parkinson fought hard in an effort to score. Thomas Birch and Chris Webb worked well in the middle and Nick Brodie and Andrew Campbell were all over it. Max Thomas and Clint Newton were pushing hard and Newton was rewarded with a point.
Better players: Connor Parkingson, Chris Webb, Clint Newton and Zac Gleeson.
Coach’s comments: We are in this up to our eyeballs. 18 of you having a dip. Try to finish off better, not quite able to capitalise on a few opportunities. Wear them tight. Run hard. Keep up the good work.
First quarter scores: Euroa 0.1-1, St Mary’s 1.1-7.
Euroa had the ball in its forward half on many occasions but St Mary’s were tough in defence. Butch Allen and Blade Larkins were keeping the pressure on and McKernan was working hard to push the ball forward, too. Jock McKinnon took a great mark and passed to Trent Wylie and the Euroa boys looked strong, having possession of many a hard ball. Riley Dillon was holding firm and Shaun kelly and Nick Trotter were throwing everything at it, but St Mary’s managed to pull away a bit this quarter.
Better players: Butch Allen, Thomas Birch, Nick Brodie, Paddy Dowell.
Coach’s comments: We had Connor off for the quarter and the boys rose to the occasion. They got a couple of goals ahead this quarter so we cant afford to relax. Keep focused. Compete for every ball. Put yourself in the contest.
Half-time scores: Euroa 0.1-1, St Mary’s 3.2-20.
Gleeson, Paddy and Hilly all came out hard. Connor was on again and took a strong mark in their goal square. The defence was pushing at every opportunity and Michael Lancaster and Curtis Hobbs were putting in. A strong tackle by Butch and with the help of Gleeson and Wylie the ball headed to the to the forward line again and Michael Doolan and Luke Birch were running hard, but St Mary’s were relentless in their defence and prevented Euroa from scoring again. Alex Duff teamed up with Brodie in a good passage of play and parkinson, Gleeson and Hill were courageous in their tackles and commitment to getting the ball.
Better players: Blade larkins, Paddy Dowell, Nick Brodie and Nick Thompson.
Coach’s comments: Dont beleive we are out of it. Keep contesting. We must put in 100% effort. Turn the ball back, present. Dont give up, Lets get on the score board- work it through the middle and beleive in yourself.
Third quarter scores: Euroa 0.1-1, St Mary's 5.2-32.
The boys responded. The pressure was on. Butch and Paddy were in everything. Hilly, Wylie, T Birch, McKernan and Parkinson continued to put in a solid performance but St Mary’s had a defence that was very dificult to penetrate. Though many of the player around him outsized him, Paddy took a flying mark and played desparate footy. Brodie was also playing a blinder. Campbell took a great mark late in the game; however the bigger, faster and stronger St Mary’s team kicked another couple of goals and won the game by 43 points. The score board did not reflect the effort and commitment of the Euroa players.
Final scores: Euroa 0.1-1, St Mary’s 7.2-44.
Better players: Nick Brodie, Paddy Dowell, Butch Allen and Connor Parkinson.
Coach’s comments: Really proud of what you achieved. Disapointed in the end result on the score board. Our skills are improving and there are plenty of positives to be taken out of that game. They were dificult playing conditions and no one dropped their bundle. We made a good contest out there.
Awards: Nick Brodie, Alex Duff and Paddy Dowell.
The first quarter started off cool with no rain but that soon changed as the rain settled in for the first quarter. Both Euroa and St Mary’s went goal for goal in the first quarter with some great shooting by both Taylor Kohn as GA and Kirby Birch as GS to keep Euroa in the picture. A lot of effort was put in by the whole team as they all worked to try and get top position.
First quarter scores: Euroa 7, St Mary’s 7.
A slight slip in the second quarter seen time called and required a few changes to players but luckily no injury. The rain had eased to a constant drizzle and by now all the girls were wet but playing well in the rain. The girls in defence, Emma Faliszewski as GD and Jemma Creely as GK worked well in the second quarter keeping St Mary’s to just two goals for the quarter, while Euroa where able to put on 8 for the quarter.
Second quarter scores: Euroa 15, St Mary’s 9.
Third quarter saw Euroa start off a bit slow but soon picked back up, and with Amy Campbell in WD and Sam Thomas in WA pushing forward to make sure they where in front for passes from Yolanda Trotter who remained at Centre and was reading the play well to push the ball through to Euroa’s goal end. Euroa increasing the lead in the third quarter by 15 points.
Third quarter scores: Euroa 27 St Mary’s 12.
With the fourth quarter came a lot of position changes and also fresh legs came on in Courtney Colclough as WD who played a very good quarter constantly putting in a lot of effort to ensure passes pushed through to Euroa’s Scoring end. Millie Gleeson also came back on in the fourth quarter in the position of WA to assist defence in keeping St Mary’s scoring to a minimum. A great effort by the whole team and they can all be very proud to now be on top of the ladder, great job girls keep up the good work.
Final scores: Euroa 33, St Mary’s 14.
Thanks to Beth for scoring
Incentive award: Kirby Birch
The Euroa girls were up against the top team and knew they were in for a tough game.
Euroa had first centre, but it took them a while into the quarter for Clare A to score their first goal.
First quarter scores: Euroa 1, St Mary’s 9.
The second quarter saw Georgia H and Kelsey P defending well and trying to restrict St Mary’s goals.
Shania playing in WA, keeping up to her taller opponent and making some good leads.
Second quarter scores: Euroa 2, St Mary’s 14.
Third quarter seen Jessie B and Natalie S doing a lot of running around the court and passing well to get the ball into goals to Kelsey P and Taylor D. But with the strong and tall defence of St Mary’s kept our scoring low.
Third quarter scores: Euroa 3, St Mary’s 23.
It was a fast-moving game and the girls gave it their best. So a few changes in the last quarter to try and get Euroa back into the game putting Taylah E as WD, and Clare K as C. The girls never giving up until the end, but St Mary’s were the winners on the day.
Final scores: Euroa 4, St Mary’s 29.
Award: Georgia Hoare.