It will be mate against mate on Sunday when Shepparton United Blue and Red do battle in the Shepparton District Junior Football League under-14 grand final.GREGOR MACTAGGART August 29, 2014 3:10am
Mate against mate is the scenario for Shepparton United’s two under-14 teams in Sunday’s Shepparton District Junior Football League grand final at Deakin Reserve.
Minor premier United Blue takes on underdog United Red in a rare intra-club battle for the flag from 9.15
The build-up to the decider has been a different one for United Red as coach Kevin Hicks said.
‘‘It’s business as usual for them (United Blue) because they finished on top,’’ Hicks said.
‘‘Because the top side gets all the luxuries, we’ve been forced into the Shepparton rooms on Sunday, we’re the ones wearing our away guernseys and this week we’ve had to train at a different ground.’’
United Blue will start the decider as warm favourite having progressed through to the grand final with an unbeaten record of 13-0.
But Red has been the toughest rival for its clubmate this season, having prevailed by nine points in round four before a gritty three-goal triumph in round 13.
Red will look to players such as talented midfielder-forward Kyle Clark, Ned Adams, Adam Pigatto and Fraser Hicks to provide the catalyst for an upset victory.
Chris Barzen’s Blue side has blossomed into a cracking football outfit.
Prime movers Jye Chalcraft, Daniel Bagley, Zane Barzen and spearhead James Clee have enjoyed fine seasons.
The clash is the first of four hotly-contested grand finals on a bumper day of footy.
Kyabram and Echuca square-off for the under-16 division one flag, in what appears a toss of the coin job considering the minor premier Bombers have lost the past two clashes against their Murray Bombers counterparts.
First bounce is at 3
The two same clubs will meet in the Youth Girls’ grand final at 11
The other grand final is in division two of the under-16 boys’ competition featuring Tatura and Rochester.
A solitary point separated the two sides in the qualifying final won by the Tigers and a repeat of that margin would make for a cracking contest.
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
People fled Echuca Magistrates Court house this morning after a wild brawl erupted in the foyer.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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