After being behind for a fair portion of its game, Goulburn Murray has shown plenty of character to fight back and win its opening game in division-one of the V/Line Cup.MATTHEW GALEA April 8, 2014 3:10am
Character galore was on display at Victoria Park during the start of Goulburn Murray’s division-one V-Line Cup campaign.
Goulburn Murray defeated Gippsland Power 9.6 (60) to 8.6 (54) after going behind by as much as four goals.
The side had lost its two pre-carnival games with some underwhelming displays and coach Mick O’Dwyer said some big questions were asked of his players as a result.
They responded emphatically.
‘‘In a game for, 15-minute quarters, four goals is a long way to come back,’’ O’Dwyer said.
‘‘Our pre-carnival games didn’t go as expected and we thought we were better than what we showed in those games, so it became about putting our structures and belief in place after two losses.
‘‘The boys had to dig pretty deep. They showed enormous character to win that game.’’
Goulburn Murray’s leaders came to the fore during the comeback victory.
Nick Parker at centre half-back, Jared Service on-ball, Jett Trotter in the middle and captain Jimmy Chiller were all sensational according to O’Dwyer, who said the evenness of the display was the larger factor in the win.
‘‘I can’t find someone who did not contribute anything to the win,’’ O’Dwyer said.
‘‘We just had a totally even spread of players.’’
O’Dwyer did reserve special praise for Jayden Armstrong who managed six shots on goal in an hour of play, finishing with 4.2.
‘‘He was sort of a decoy forward, so we started him in a pocket and when the other full-forward led, he would run in behind,’’ O’Dwyer said.
‘‘He was very strong over head, and to get so many shots on target in an hour is sensational. He followed his instructions very well.’’
The division one side takes on Mornington Peninsula Stingrays today at the University of Melbourne and will hope to make it two wins from two after a strong opening display.
The Stingrays fell to Gippsland Power by 28 points on Sunday.
Great time had at this year's Barmah Muster.
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.
Friday’s annual primary inter-school cross country meet will see a broader variety of students taking part, as well as the introduction of a new finish line.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
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
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
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.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
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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