There's some new kids on the block at Goulburn Valley Suns and they are loving the opportunity of being out on the park with the senior side.MATTHEW GALEA August 4, 2014 11:04pm
At Goulburn Valley Suns, the kids are all right.
The Suns finished Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Bentleigh Greens with three players on the park who could play for the club’s under-18 side — Riley Hamilton, 16, Joey Hogarty, 18, and Matthew Gleeson, 17.
Hamilton has impressed in recent weeks, starting the last three games and completed his first full 90 minutes on Saturday — even producing a brilliant goal-line block to ensure the Suns left with a point.
Saturday offered a first real glimpse at Hogarty and Gleeson and they looked the goods.
Hogarty was making his third appearance off the bench for the Suns’ seniors, but this was the first time he was given enough game time to make a true impact on the match.
The former Tatura player came on with 34 minutes to play and helped change the game in the Suns’ favour, showing plenty of invention on the ball and astute movement off the ball behind Frankie Lagana, who had moved up front.
‘‘The last two times I’ve come on, the game was over, so it was nice to come on at 2-1 down and have a chance to help change the game,’’ Hogarty said.
‘‘Ever since (senior coach) David (Davkovski) came on board, he’s been constantly encouraging us and told us we’d be part of the set up.
‘‘He just told me to run at them and have a crack, so it was nice to have that freedom.’’
Gleeson also had 29 minutes to impress on debut and worked diligently despite playing a full game in the under-20 fixture prior to the senior game.
The burly midfielder — a product of Shepparton South — tracked back well playing on the right side of a diamond midfield and even popped up in the box with a well-timed run, but could not hit the target with his chance.
‘‘It went all right. I played 90 minutes in the 20s, but I got through all right,’’ Gleeson said.
‘‘We’re playing a new system I’ve never played. I should have done better with the chance, but that will come in time.
‘‘Everyone’s just happy now. We’re one club now.’’
With six games left in the season, they have their sights set on more minutes.
‘‘Any minute on the park (for the seniors) is a bonus, but for us the goal would have to be actually starting a game now,’’ Gleeson said.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
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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