Bombers take honours in local derby

By Riverine Herald


U12s — Echuca Green

ECHUCA Green were at home playing fellow clubmen the Murray Bombers.

In chilly conditions Echuca Green got off to a slow start but worked their way back into the game.

A great goal on the run by Jagger Senior put Echuca Green in front at quarter time.

The Murray Bombers’ quality players stepped up, making it a tough ask for Echuca Green.

Manny Bowles had a solid game at full back saving a few goals. He was well assisted by Logan Mann while Lachlan Basham was also a solid defender.

Tyson Bourke showed he was up for the challenge in his first game of the season, getting plenty of possessions.

Hurrikane Hudson presented well all night at centre half forward.

Other standout players for Echuca Green were Jed Dargan, James Head, Jack Morley and Liam Gronow.

Echuca Green played some good patches of football but it wasn’t enough. The Murray Bombers were a bit too strong, running out eventual winners.

Echuca Bombers

THE Echuca Bombers under 12 side returned to home turf on Friday night, led by their dynamic captain, Toby Coutts, to take on Leitchville-Gunbower.

Dominant from the first bounce, the Bombers controlled the centre square and drove the ball forward.

Coutts was able to get a quick kick forward, finding teammate Will Halloran, who in turn snapped and claimed the opening goal of the game.

With the Bombers able to apply pressure around the ground, Lexi Gregor and Charlie O’Toole also found their targets and hit the scoreboard in the opening term.

In the second quarter, Lenny Griffiths made his presence felt up forward and capitalised on the opportunity to crumb a goal, his first for the season.

Well played, Lenny.

Archer Goulding was also a dominant forward in the second quarter, racking up three goals.

A super effort.

In the third, Stella Fraser and Cody Walker continued to gather disposals across half forward and pressure from the mosquito fleet, including the likes of Jack Milne and Sam O’Brien, ensured the coach was happy heading into the last quarter.

In the fourth, Angus Watson, Luke Stone and Makai Cronin finished off stellar running games, while Olly Bray and Max Trewhella added their names to the goal scorers’ list.

Overall, Coach Cronin was satisfied with the continued development of the players and their willingness to chase, tackle, shepherd and put their head over the ball.

Congratulations on another consistent and well-played game, Echuca Bombers.

Awards: Toby Coutts, Archer Goulding, Max Trewhella, Jack Milne, Will Halloran, Cody Walker, Luke Stone.

Echuca Murray Bombers

THE first local derby for the Echuca Murray Bombers was a clash against Echuca Green U12 at Vic Park on Friday night.

Both regular coaches were away on business, and so the responsibility was put in the hands of Flipper Evans.

Flipper had engaged the help of two U14 Echuca boys, namely Sam D and Noah Long.

These young men worked well with the team, and we were very grateful for their help.

River Stevens was made the captain for the night at short notice but this did not faze him in the slightest.

In fact, he led by example for the entire game.

The first quarter started frenetically.

Both teams were sizing up each other in the first five minutes.

The Bombers edged marginally ahead with a couple of points in the bag.

River to Bertie to Tevo showed a great demonstration of a combination by hand.

Patrick Kennedy put in a great smother, influencing the direction of play and contributing to the last six minutes of pressure.

After an equal start between the two teams, Green kicked a late goal.

With the short break the team was restructured.

Both Sam and Noah (Echuca U14) shared words of wisdom with the boys.

Particularly on staying on your man when not in possession.

The other pearl being to play the corridor.

The inspiration worked quickly, two quick goals to Ed Cunningham and the Bombers were on a roll.

Tevo in the backs to River to Solomon Fleming, who stretched up and marked it beautifully.

Luke Ollermann scored a goal in the last few minutes.

Praise from the bench at half time.

Talk was better and the footy was being used really well.

The next instruction from Flipper was to attack the ball and to put the head over it.

The third quarter started off chaotically and from chaos came pressure in our goal square.

Feverishly the defense grappled and defended. Eventually the ball fell into the hands of the captain River Stevens.

A swift left boot and the pressure turned to the other side.

Soon after, four runs of play had the spectators roaring in admiration.

It was fluid, quick, attacking via the corridor.

Soon after, Bertie Cunningham plucked a mark in the goal mouth and chipped a goal.

Another goal to River sealed the third.

Much of the same in the last quarter — the boys amassed four behinds and three goals.

Special mention goes to George Reinher who came from the U10s to help out and managed to stay on the oval for the entire game.

Awards: River – Excellence, Tevo – Respect and Luke Ollermann was rewarded for effort.