Tatura has knocked over Shepparton South and will head into Regional Premier League finals full of confidence.MATTHEW GALEA August 19, 2014 3:10am
Tatura is heading into finals on a high after dispatching of minor premier Shepparton South 3-1.
Jared Cunniff scored two first-half goals to set up the win, with Oriol Fernandez capitalising on some shocking play at the back from South to seal the win.
Cunniff put the Ibises ahead when he latched on to a beautiful corner from coach Tom Black — who opposing coach Reno Lia described as the “best player going around in the league’’.
Lia’s side came back into the game through Brendan Barton’s equaliser, but parity was short-lived with Cunniff striking again after Ricky Luvara fed him beautifully.
Cunniff came off at half-time with a hamstring complaint, but the Ibises still managed a third when Mason Smith pounced on a poor back-pass, before squaring the ball to Fernandez for an easy finish.
The loss is the Southerners’ second on the trot, and while they were missing a number of first-team regulars and lost Adam Burchell in the first 15 minutes to a foot injury, Lia was disappointed with the display of some of his senior players.
‘‘A couple of players have shown me that they are not up to the standard required at this time of the year,’’ Lia said.
‘‘I’m talking about a couple of guys that have been around the squad for the past 12 months and that is unacceptable.
‘‘The shining light for me was 15-year-old Tim Lardner. I couldn’t take him out of the squad now.
‘‘Him and Damian Russo are two guys that were shining lights for us and they’re good young players who will continue to get opportunities.’’
Black said it was important to head into finals with winning form, but beating South was a nice bonus.
‘‘I suppose they’re always big games against South, but I was pleased with the way no-one dropped their heads when they equalised,’’ Black said.
‘‘It was a bit scrappy in the second half as we all took players off, but I was really happy with how we threatened from wide positions.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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