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.
Shepparton’s March rainfall was negligible and the lowest since the worst years of the last drought.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala B Grade Rams have secured the Des Johnston Shield as WDCA B Grade Two Day Premiers for season 2014/2015 with a crushing win over City Colts.
Two Tatura junior tennis teams played in Grand Finals of the Shepparton and District Junior Tennis Association on Saturday, March 21.
It has been a dry beginning to 2015 for Echuca and surrounding districts.
Four Rochester projects are a step closer to completion.
20th Heritage Day a hit
Great range of entries in both garden and photographic competition.
Finley have now formed their own Local Health Advisory Committee.
Heathcote police have continued to make ground in their fight against illicit drugs with more raids and arrests in the past week.
Cobram Highway Patrol urges care on the roads over the Easter long weekend.
After more than 10 years of planning, the miniature railway at Deniliquin;s Memorial Park will begin operating on Sunday.
Toolamba Primary School student Felix Turnbull is looking forward to seeing his face on new SPC labels that will be on supermarket shelves across the nation.
Benalla streets have come alive with street art. The large painted images adorn some of the town's buildings, creating a spectacular sight.
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