Inaugural cup between the teams designed to raise awareness of what the organisation represents.GEORDIE COWAN June 30, 2014 3:26am
In conditions which resembled a cow paddock at Memorial Oval, Euroa on Saturday, Echuca went down to the Magpies by 20 points on Saturday, 8.12 (60) to 6.4 (40).
With scores level at three-quarter-time, Euroa finished the stronger of the two teams kicking three final-term goals, while the Murray Bombers could only manage one point.
After the game, Euroa president Scott Watson and club games record holder described the conditions as the worst he had seen for many years.
Echuca coach Andrew Briggs was disappointed but could not fault his players’ effort after the game.
‘‘It was a really tight contest all day,’’ he said.
‘‘Euroa just got over the line. They showed a little more effort in the front half than what we were.
‘‘We laid 84 tackles in the second half.
‘‘The effort was there, it just came down to the execution at some crucial moments.’’
The Magpies won the inside 50m count 33-28, but registered twice as many scoring shots in the 20-point win.
‘‘It just reflects their ability to capitalise when inside 50m,’’ Briggs said.
In conditions described as ‘‘the worst in 20 years’’ by Euroa president Scott Watson, Briggs praised the games of Simon Buckley and Matt Pollock, while Kane Morris was ‘‘again super’’ in the ruck and Nick Jackson ‘‘fantastic down forward in really trying conditions’’.
Defender Matt Hay was also among the best, with the coach pleased with his continued development.
‘‘He has been really good in the back line and is now starting to take some more marks and back his own ability to come forward.
‘‘He’s got to continue to work hard and separate himself from just being a stopping backman and being valuable in offence as well.’’
The Murray Bombers only suffered one injury for the day — to the coach — who suffered a slight hamstring injury during the second quarter, which was the first soft-tissue injury of his career.
‘‘The group is really disappointed we didn’t win and now we’re really looking forward to this week,’’ Briggs said.
■ The teams played for the White Ribbon Cup on Saturday and it is hoped it will become an annual event.
White Ribbon is Australia’s is a male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women.
Echuca president Brett Stevens said all players wore white armbands and both club presidents wore jackets with a logo supporting the event.
‘‘It was more an awareness thing rather than fund raising,’’ Stevens said.
Euroa will retain the cup until it plays Echuca again next year.
Stevens also thanked Euroa for their support in raising money for the James McQuillan Future Fund, when they held a blanket appeal on Anzac Day when the team played Seymour.
‘‘I believe the senior footballers put in something like $1200 themselves, so I said a few words thanking them for that,’’ Stevens said.
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