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.
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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