Echuca-Moama coach Mick Gulson and Mooroopna coach Tom Davey aren't taking much out their game despite the Water Rats winning 7-1 at the weekend.By Hannah Driscoll
Echuca-Moama coach Mick Gulson and Mooroopna playing coach Tom Davey are not reading too much into Sunday’s A-men result.
The Goulburn Valley Hockey Association match was a whitewash for the River Rats, but Mooroopna, which dropped from second to third on the ladder as a result, had several absentees.
Ryan Davey, Shaun Collins, Shaun Cross, Brad Willaton and Nick Breslin were all missing for Sunday’s game.
‘‘We brought up two B-graders, one of them’s a junior, so we could only manage to find two, but that still gave us one sub,’’ Tom Davey said.
‘‘We don’t want to read too much into it. We’re undermanned, they played really well, so I don’t think I am too worried with that going into finals.
‘‘I’m sure we can do a much better job than that with a full team.’’
Davey said Mooroopna tried to play defensively due to the number of absent players, but it did not work because Mooroopna was an attacking side.
‘‘We do get pretty eager to get up there and try and take all our opportunities,’’ he said.
‘‘We just wanted to go over there and not have to forfeit, which was our other option.’’
One of the fill-ins, Tom Wheelhouse, turned out to be one of the best players for Mooroopna and scored the side’s solitary goal.
‘‘We discovered another potential player, so that was probably the best outcome for the day,’’ Davey said.
Gulson said Bryce Lowndes was the go-to man for the River Rats and played in multiple positions on the day.
Adam Thompson scored three goals, and Chris Mathew and Jordan Tamblyn contributed two each.
‘‘We’re not able to take a heap out of it, but being able to hit seven goals against any team, that’s a massive positive,’’ Gulson said.
‘‘That’s probably the best 70 minutes of hockey we’ve put together for the year, so hopefully we’re coming good at the right end of the season.’’
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