Echuca is through to the Shepparton District Junior Football League's girls' grand final after a strong win over Mooroopna.By Hannah Driscoll
Echuca is the first team through to Shepparton District Junior Football League’s inaugural under-18 youth girls’ grand final after defeating Mooroopna on Sunday.
Its opposition for the flag will be decided in next week’s preliminary final between the Cats and Kyabram following the Cat’s 64-point loss.
Echuca coach David Pearson said it was tough conditions, with the wind favouring the Shepparton end of the ground but blowing slightly across it.
‘‘We had the wind in the first quarter and got away to a good start, so that really set us up and I was really happy with the last quarter,’’ Pearson said.
‘‘We had the ball mostly in our attacking end that quarter, so it was a good way to finish as well.
‘‘We had a lot of contributors yesterday. We probably had 10 or 11 really good players who did a fair bit.’’
Chief among those was Kelly Shotton, who booted five goals for the minor premier after starting the match on a wing and moving to full-forward.
Chelsea Williams and Tyanah Case went hard at the football all match, while Jade Jones in the backline saved a couple of goals.
Mooroopna coach Ivan Lister said Kayla Doyle tried hard all day with her second and third efforts, while Sam Spencer and Allie Johns were as skilful as ever.
Lister said only two players were missing that was no excuse, with Lara Wedding unavailable and Madeline Howe returning from the school girl championships in Darwin.
Paige Baksh also injured her ankle early in the match, but stayed on at full-forward and kicked a goal.
Lister said Mooroopna experimented with a press in the second quarter, when Echuca went goalless, but was not sure if he would use the tactic in the future.
Pearson said he was not worried about having another week off after one last weekend while the first semi-final was played, but Lister said he preferred to be playing this week’s preliminary final.
‘‘It gives them a bit more experience and they’re going to have a run on Deakin before, if, we get in to the grand final,’’ he said.
‘‘I think if we’d got in that position it would’ve hurt us more than them to be not playing next week, so I’m glad were playing next week.’’
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