An inexperienced Shepparton Bulls have put up a strong performance against Northern in their first A-grade Second Division game of the season.OLIVER CAFFREY April 9, 2014 3:10am
Lee-Roy Huthmann got his Shepparton Bulls teammates up and going after a try-saving tackle early in the game against Northern.
Shepparton Bulls’ move to a higher rugby division looks to be paying dividends after a brave opening round performance against Northern on Saturday.
The Bulls pushed the powerhouse Melbourne club all the way in their Melbourne Rebels A-grade Second Divison clash, before the experienced home side ran out with a 14-point win.
Coach Warren Johnston said he was proud of his inexperienced side taking it right up to a strong unit that will challenge for the title.
‘‘We are really pleased with how the boys played, being our first game and coming off no trial games,’’ Johnston said.
‘‘It’s going to take a few games to get to the standard we want to get to, but we had a few new guys and they did a really good job.’’
Johnston said the Bulls were right in the contest until the closing minutes, when the fitter Northern side closed out the result.
‘‘They (Northern) had three trial games in the pre-season and it was only a matter of them scoring tries in the last 15 minutes — they are a very good team and they have plenty of big boys in their side,’’ Johnston said.
‘‘We had a guy that got yellow-carded for a professional foul late in the game, so we were down on numbers for a bit, but we had a never-say-die attitude all day.’’
Johnston said Bulls lock Peter Slade had an outstanding first-up appearance, while one of last year’s stars, Lee-Roy Huthmann, was back to his best.
‘‘Lee-Roy stopped a certain try in the first few minutes of the game with a huge tackle — all the boys saw that, which lifted the boys for the rest of the game,’’ Johnston said.
Meanwhile, the new under-18 team contested its first round-robin tournament at the Reservior complex.
‘‘The under-18s went really well, they didn’t win a game and they were up against established teams that play in an under-18 comp in Melbourne,’’ Johnston said.
‘‘It was pretty positive stuff for the whole club, the seniors went down early and supported the younger boys.’’
The junior tournament was a one-off at this stage, but a number of younger players will step up to play in the senior side during the season.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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