It was an exciting weekend for district football and netball sides in the Murray league finalsBy Geordie Cowan and Luke McManus
District teams in the Murray Football League had predominantly good results on the weekend, with three of the four games seeing positive results.
Echuca United’s reserves team defeated Nathalia by 28 points in a scrappy affair at Finley Reserve on Saturday.
The Eagles, courtesy of three goals to one in the second term, gained the upper-hand and boasted a 15-point lead at half-time.
After the break, the scoring dried up as the third-placed Eagles converted just two goals from 11 scoring shots.
Nathalia was on the end of poor kicking also, kicking just the one goal and two behinds in the entire second half, giving the Purples little chance of clawing back the deficit.
United’s Phil Hazelman, Nathan Kavanagh and Matt Jackson booted the Eagles’ only majors with two each, while three individual goal-kickers shared the spoils for Nathalia.
Luke Schwencke and Nathan Marsh starred for the victors.
The Magpies were tied with the Blues at half-time at 37 all, but were eventually overran, suffering a 11.2
Darcy O’Neill slotted three goals for the Magpies, while Will Arnel and Dylan Grandell each kicked three for the Blues.
Xavier Kelly capped off an impressive year to be named best on for the Pies.
A sluggish opening term saw the Eagles manage just one goal to Mulwala’s three, while a better second quarter saw the margin pegged back to just one point in favour of Lions at half-time.
The arm wrestle continued in the second half, with the Eagles outlasting the Lions win 6.5
Nicolai Henery was the pick of the goal-kickers with two majors, with teammate Nicholas McKenner earning best-on-ground honours.
Behind by three points at half-time, the Blues held the Rams goalless and booted three of their own to take command.
Tongala held on in the last to run out 7.9
Three goals to Bailey Waasdorp was a highlight as was two goals and a best-on nomination for Ryley Cowley.
Josh Flight was in full flight with two goals.
A record crowd for an elimination final turned out under lights at Finley Reserve to witness the Cats defeat Deniliquin by 37 points on Saturday night.
Despite a gallant seven-goal to two fightback in the last quarter from the Rams, the damage had already been done, as the Cats held on to the 15.14
Finley’s Ryan Bongetti was the star with seven goals, while teammate Stephen Irons battled hard all day.
Yesterday, it was an eight-goal to one third quarter which handed Numurkah the ascendancy in its elimination final match against Cobram at Nathalia.
The Blues ran away with the game in the final term, adding a further seven goals to the Tigers’ four on their way to a 20.11
Numurkah will take on Finley in the first semi-final clash on Sunday at Rumbalara.
Four goals to one in the opening term gave the Cats the perfect start on their way to a 13.7
Five goals from Finley’s Daly Shannon was a highlight, as was Matty McVeigh’s game.
For Congupna, Anthony Andronaco booted two and was best-on in a losing side.
Yesterday, Nathalia trounced Numurkah by 67 points at Nathalia Reserve in the second elimination final.
A combined eight-goal performance from Nathalia’s Alex Hicks and Bowen Smith helped their side land the 15.3
Jared Laffy was a major ball winner for the Purples, and for the Blues, Luke McKeown capped off a solid year with another notable game.
Tongala will play Finley in the first semi-final next week after both won their A grade elimination finals on the weekend.
The Blues reversed its previous result against Moama with a competitive semi-final, just winning 36-33, while sixth-placed Finley proved too strong for third-placed Numurkah with a 53-41 win.
The Magpies defeated Tongala 40-33, while Mulwala accounted for Deniliquin, 49-37.
The two district teams had comfortable wins, with the Eagles defeating Mulwala 54-40 and the Magpies winning 36-23 against Barooga.
The Magpies will play Numurkah next week after they won a close match against Deniliquin Rams, 23-21.
There the Eagles will play Cobram after the Tigers upset Rumbalara 31-15.
A car was stolen from the Chemist Warehouse carpark in Shepparton on Saturday while the owner was shopping for Christmas presents.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
'Suttonsville', a minitature version of Echuca-Moama made out of gingerbread at Moama's Sutton Bakery, has a growing number of admirers.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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