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.
Goulburn Valley Football League's sacred grand final tradition on the Sunday after the AFL decider has been scrapped for next year.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
There was a good turnout for Wednesday’s Remembrance Day service in Tatura, which saw a number of wreaths laid at the War Memorial, and the presentation to Brad Corken, of the Tatura RSL Spirit Award 2015, by president Robert Mathieson.
ECHUCA has a new crossfit gym.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
Berrigan farmers are being asked to stop harvesting activities from 2pm today with increasing fire risk due to high temperatures and strong winds.
‘Peppinella’ development bigger than first planned
Seven bridges along the Goulburn Valley Highway will be strengthened to allow larger, high productivity vehicles to use them.
200 people banded together on an 18 hour journey to raise money for the Cancer Council.
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