A lot of big results were recorded in today's district football matches.GEORDIE COWAN April 12, 2014 6:04pm
Echuca fell 19 points short in a relatively close contest against rivals Rochester in the opening round of the Goulburn Valley Football League season today.
The Tigers started in blistering fashion to lead by 25 points at the first change, with Grant Weeks booting five goals, but only 11 points separated the teams at half-time.
Rochester again led by 27 points at the final break before winning 13.10 (88) to 10.9 (69).
Ash Watson, Brayden Dorrignton and Scott Hann impressed for the home side, while Clayton Holmes, Matt Pollock and Ben Reid were good for the Murray Bombers, with Liam Wilkinson kicking three goals.
■ A thriller was played out between Mooroopna and Shepparton United, with the Cats triumphing 9.12 (66) to 8.15 (63).
The Demons led by 23 points at the last change, but a dramatic last quarter saw Mooroopna kick five goals to one to pinch the win.
The match was delayed by about half an hour during the third quarter, with a head injury to United’s Harrison Osborn.
Kane Boyer, Shayne Lynch and Charlie Burrows (two goals) were the best for the Cats, while Daniel Lewis finished with three goals.
Matt Rendina, Ryan Butler and Brodie Ross were the best for the Demons, with Tim Looby kicking three goals
■ Benalla started its 2014 campaign with a superb 22.13 (145) to 10.12 (72) win away against Seymour.
Seven Saints players kicked multiple goals and 13 got on the scoresheet all up as the team won all four quarters, with Shayne McKean and Tom Havers each finishing with three majors.
Hugh Robertson (three goals), Brett Meredith and Matt O’Keefe were the best for the Lions, with Saad Saad also booting three goals.
Josh Marchbank., Will Martiniello and Nick Warnock were the best for Benalla.
■ Justin Maddern and Kaiden Antanowicz booted 19 goals between them as Shepparton Swans ensured Brad Campbell did not have a happy start in charge of Shepparton Bears, with the Swans winning 24.20 (164) to 4.6 (30).
After only two points separated the teams at the first break, the Swans broke the game open, with Tyson Sidebottom also impressive.
Daniel Willis (two goals), Brett Vallender and Rupert Sangster were the best for the Bears.
■ Euroa was hosting Mansfield Saturday night, with Craig Bamford playing his 300th game.
Echuca United started its premiership defence with a come-from-behind win against Tongala, 16.13 (109) to 12.3 (75).
The Blues played scintillating high-pressure football out of the blocks to lead by 23 points at quarter-time, but the margin was back to one point at the long break.
The Eagles then edged ahead by five points at the final break, before kicking away in the last quarter, with Farran and Rowan Priest kicking seven goals between them.
Farran Priest, Ryan Prendergast and Tyler Lethlean were named the best players.
Daryl Harrison was superb in his first game back at Tongala in defence, with Stephen Townsend and Adam Lovison also impressive, while Andrew Reid booted four goals and new player Elijah Edwards kicked three.
■ Moama fell to a disappointing 58-point loss at home to Barooga in the first round.
The Hawks proved too good from the outset to run out 15.11 (101) to 6.7 (43) winners, with Jake Russell and Sam Boxall kicking four goals each.
Marcus Smith, James Philpot and James Hazelman were the team’s best.
Echuca recruit Rhys Archard starred for the Magpies with five goals, while David Ismail and Brett Nankervis also impressed.
■ Kayne Pettifer booted seven goals as he debuted for Nathalia, with the Purples smashing Cobram 22.17 (149) to 4.3 (27).
Jason Limbrick also kicked five goals and Ben Hitchcock three, with Rhys Shannon, Phillip Carroll and Todd Hicks the best players.
Sam Gemmill, John Lucas and Michael Gillard tried hard for the Tigers.
■ Damien Cupido’s reign at Rumbalara had the perfect start, booting six goals as the team defeated Congupna 21.15 (141) to 11.13 (79).
Brad Dick and Graham Weston each kicked three goals as well, while Leon Johnson and John Timaepatua led the team.
Jye Scott, Joe Dwyer (three goals) and Harry Ellis were the best for the Road.
■ Finley recorded a solid 17.14 (116) to 13.4 (82) win away against Numurkah to start the season well.
The Blues remained in touch for most of the game, but could not find a way to pass the Cats, who were led by Cameron Robertson, Reid Crowe and Dane Maxwell, while Jess Koopman and Matt Jackson kicked seven goals between them.
Matt Smyth, Lucas White and Nick Fothergill (all two goals) were the best for Numurkah.
■ A six-goal to none third quarter earned the Deniliquin Rams the four points against Mulwala, winning 14.9 (93) to 9.15 (69).
Jack Tyndall (two goals), Oliver Draffin and Ricky Gittens led the way for the Rams, while Brett Macdonald and Troy Bartlett kicked seven goals between them.
Chase Strawhorn and Troy Taylor matched that output for the Lions, with Dean Staunton, Cameron Carling and Will Farrer the team’s best.
Tongala defeated Echuca United 48-37, Moama smashed Barooga 69-16, Finley held off Numurkah 52-40, Rumbalara narrowly defeated Congupna 38-34 and Nathalia defeated Cobram 36-18.
Lockington-Bamawm United overcame a slow start to smash home team Heathcote 18.17 (125) to 10.2 (62).
Trailing by two points at the opening break, the Cats registered 27 scoring shots to seven from then on, with Ryan Jensen and Lachie Collins kicking five goals each.
Marcus Angove, Matt Deledio (four goals) and Nathan O’Brien starred for the team, while Joel Condon (two goals), Darcy McLean and Marc Millard (two goals) tried hard for the Saints.
■ Leitchville-Gunbower continued its good start to the season with a tight 14.16 (100) to 13.7 (85) win away against Colbinabbin.
The Grasshoppers led by 16 points at half-time, but the Bombers again kicked into gear in the second half to kick eight goals to four and win by 15 points.
Jake Williams (three goals), Joel Helman and Shaun Douglass were the best for Leitchville-Gunbower, with Bart Walsh and Troy Parker also kicking three majors.
Leroy Miller booted four goals for the home side, while Linton Jacobs, Matt McEvoy and Lochie Sirett impressed.
■ Mt Pleasant won its second close match in a row, defeating White Hills 11.11 (77) to 8.17 (65).
Matt Gretgrix again kicked six goals to lead the way for the Blues as the team led at every change, with Shaun Burchell and Kain Robins (two goals) also impressing.
The Demons will bemoan their inaccuracy, but Malcolm Douglas, Sam Kerr and Matt Sawyer tried hard for the team.
■ 2013 grand finalist Huntly slumped to its second loss in a row, with North Bendigo easing to a 14.14 (98) to 10.8 (68) win.
Cameron Lomas, Darcy Richards and Ash Craig guided the Bulldogs to victory, with Tom O’Loughlin and Michael Leech finishing with seven goals.
Braidy Dickens, Zach Heaslip and Harry Whittle were the best for the Hawks.
Jerilderie kicked away in the final quarter to win the 2013 grand final re-match, defeating Strathmerton 13.16 (94) to 11.9 (75).
After being held goalless in the opening term, the Demons led by 13 points at the long break before kicking five goals to four in the final quarter, with Aaron Purcell finishing with six goals.
Andrew May, Shaun Bryce and Chris Lockhart were the best for the winners, while Michael Laidlaw (two goals), Luke Carter and Zeke Bunge (two goals) impressed for the Bulldogs.
Josh Evans and Adam Laidlaw also kicked three goals each.
■ Berrigan kicked six goals to none in the final term to defeat Blighty, 15.14 (104) to 10.13 (73).
Ron Middleton starred for the Saints with seven goals, while Kyle Russell (two goals) and Adam Fox also impressed,
Tristan Wilson, Brad Robson and Leigh Culton were the best for the Redeyes.
■ Tocumwal held Deniliquin Rovers goalless until the final term, winning 13.21 (99) to 1.5 (11).
Russell Sheriff (three goals), Nathan Tresize and Marcus Oussa led the way for the Bloods, with Dylan Flanagan also kicking three goals.
Matt Horne, Matt Dowling and Terry Lumbar tried hard for the Rovers.
■ No results were available for Yarroweyah v Picola United.
Cohuna almost snatched a remarkable win against Mallee Eagles, losing 8.10 (58) to 8.13 (61).
The Kangas trailed by 30 points at the last change before holding the Eagles scoreless and kicking 4.3 themselves to fall narrowly short.
Vincent Randello, Steven Thomson and Martin Kelly were the best for the winners, while Bailey Mitchell, Daniel Pateron and Shannon Treacy tried hard for Cohuna.
■ Woorinen kicked 15 goals in the last quarter as it smashed Tyntynder 42.26 (278) to 4.4 (28), recording a 250-point win. Jamie Nicholas, Doug Palmer, Alex Pollock and Owen Hone kicked 23 goals between them, with Aaron Cadd and Ben Heenan the best players.
Mark Corrie, Brad Carroll (three goals) and Marcus Wattie the best for the Bulldogs.
■ Balranald defeated Lake Boga by 31 points, 14.7 (91) to 9.6 (60), with Ben Fuller (three goals), Damian Russo and kane Griffiths leading the way. Kyle Brawn (three goals), Matt Gadsden and Adam Vrigo tried hard for the Magpies.
■ Lee Cox kicked seven goals at Tooleybuc-Manangatang defeated NNW United, 19.17 (131) to 9.9 (63). Stephen Lyons, Michael Dedini and Ryan O’Sullivan were the best for the Saints, while Ashley Thompson, Dean Harrop and Daniel Rose tried hard for the Demons.
■ Tobias Thoolen starred with five goals as Swan Hill defeated Koondrook Barham 15.17 (107) to 6.6 (42). Xavier Moloney and Josh Templeton also played well, Seamus McKinley, Shane Guerra and Brad Heffer tried hard.
For full scores of the football and netball results in the Goulburn Valley, Murray, Heathcote and district and Picola and district leagues, see Monday’s Riverine Herald.
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