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Moama wins football, but Echuca United retains 3Jacks

Moama has defeated Echuca United in the Murray Football League clash on the weekend.

GEORDIE COWAN July 21, 2014 3:27am

Dean Moon and Kyle Phipps.


Moama let the rest of the Murray Football League know that it is still well in contention for a finals berth after a terrific win against Echuca United at Moama on Saturday.

The Eagles kept the home side goalless in the opening term, but the Magpies responded with a scintillating nine goals in the second quarter and maintained its lead for the rest of the game, winning 18.10(118) to 14.12(96).

The win means Moama remains in eighth position, outside the six with another tough game to come against Rumbalara on Saturday.

However, Echuca United retained the 3Jacks trophy, winning seven of the eight netball grades to come away with a 20-11 win.

Sixteen-year-old Lachie Schultz had a terrific game for Moama and capped it off with five goals, while key forward Tyler Jones again played a big hand in the team’s derby win as he finished with seven majors.

Jones helped kickstart Moama’s revival in the second term as he booted four goals and the duo combined for all five majors in the third quarter.

Sammy O’Meara was another to impress in his best game for the club, finishing with two goals, while David Ismail played well running from defence.

Paul Nevill got first hand to the ball in many ruck contests throughout the day, aided by Michael Sage, while midfielders Paul Van Der Sluys, Rhys Archard, Daniel Thorp and winger Taylor Beard all had good games.

United was left shocked after the loss and, adding further to its woes was the early withdrawal of livewire forward Farran Priest, who was helped from the ground with a knee injury.

The Eagles struggled to find many players who had good days, with Ricki Waters (two goals), Bryn Barnes-Webb (three), Cameron Parker and Daniel Edwards some of the better players.

Liam Guinan did not stop trying throughout the match, along with Toby Gilmour, Ash Kirchhofer, Phil Hazelman, Clint Starkey, Dean Moon and defender Brad Sanderson, who played on Jones.

In front of a boisterous crowd bolstered by those attending the Echuca Football League reunion and those supporting the James McQuillan Future Fund, it was the visitors who started best.

Kicking with the aid of a northern breeze, the Eagles locked the ball in their attacking half and bombarded the goal, but not before Priest left the ground in the first three minutes.

Parker converted the first goal from the pocket five minutes in as Moama struggled to control the ball the few times it had it.

United continued to miss chances, before Parker settled things down again with a 50m set shot to take a 17-1 lead halfway through the term.

A converted free-kick not long after took United’s lead to 21 points and held a 24-3 advantage at the first break.

Moama coach Simon Maddox told his players the endeavour was there but they needed to improve their disposal.

The Magpies started the quarter on fire and kept up the attack all quarter to finish with nine goals, with the usually stubborn United carved apart much too easily for coach Scott Beattie’s liking.

One player Maddox looked to at the break was Schultz and the youngster responded with a foray inside 50m and then dribbled a goal in the first minute of the quarter.

Jake Kilmartin found Jones in the next minute and he duly converted, before Waters replied for the visitors after using his pace to accelerate away and goal on the run.

Sanderson had been enjoying a good contest with Jones but the power forward made the most of half-chances to goal twice in as many minutes.

With Beard having an impact off the wing and Thorp lifting, Sammy O’Meara put Moama into the lead for the first time in the match as he goaled from 40m on the run.

The Eagles responded after working the ball well down the wing as the intensity of the game lifted, with some great tackles being laid.

Kilmartin made the most of a fortunate free-kick to put the home side back in front, with Archard following suit moments later.

Beard and Thorp then combined to set up Jones, who wheeled round to drill his fourth goal of the quarter.

The Magpies then capped off the term when Archard, receiving a handpass from Schultz, steadied and kicked the ball so hard from 15m out on an angle that the goal umpire almost fell over backwards as he sought to follow the trail of the ball, as the home team led 58-38 at half-time.

United sought to work back into the contest in the third term and kicked the first two goals to look threatening.

However, it was then that Schultz and Jones blew the Eagles away to boot five goals for the quarter as Moama led 90-64 at the last break.

O’Meara capped off his day with a left-foot snap to open the last term and the match was then effectively sealed when Schultz goaled from 50m after being spotted up by Archard.

Nevill kicked his first goal for the year to extend the lead to a game-high 39 points, before three late United goals, including a running snap by defender Ryan Prendergast, saw the final margin sit at 22 points.

The Eagles kept second spot on the reserves ladder after a comfortable win against the Magpies, 10.7(67) to 5.6(36).

The home side led by eight points at the first break, but the visitors kicked three goals to none in the following term.

United went on to kick a further six goals to three in the second half to run out 31-point winners, with Russell Eden, Daniel Barwick and Tyler Lethlean leading the way.

Sandy Lawrence and Marty Retallick also impressed, while Josh Molluso and Ben Ridge kicked three goals each.

Matt Lynch, Ben Welch and Dylan Pinney pressed their cases for a spot in the Moama seniors, with Justin Smith, Mark Harrison and Lachie Cosgriff also playing well.

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