A big second half has enabled Undera to post a big win over Longwood in Kyabram District Football League.OLIVER CAFFREY April 7, 2014 3:15am
Longwood’s Josh McDonald tries to burrow his way through while Undera’s Peter Vourgaslis comes into help his teammates.
Undera is on the board, comfortably accounting for Longwood by 74 points on Saturday.
Undera was challenged by a determined Redlegs during the second term after the Lions took a 31-point lead into quarter-time.
The Redlegs got the margin back to 13 points at half-time, but the Lions kicked 14 goals to four in the second half to close out the result.
Undera coach Alan Richardson, who won his first game in charge of the Lions, said he was rapt with the performance.
‘‘Probably our breaking of the lines and run and carry was really pleasing, but we need to work on our midfield and forward pressure — overall it was a good effort,’’ Richardson said.
‘‘The second quarter we sort of forgot our game plan a bit and stopped running, but it was pleasing to be able to get back on track in the second half.’’
Josh Valentin was dominant in the forward line, snaring six goals, while Jack Hajro worked hard all day in a best-on-ground display.
While disappointed not to have run out the game due to a lack of fitness, Redlegs coach Matthew Chilcott said there was a positive attitude at the club after the game.
‘‘We’re obviously coming from a fair way back, we’ve picked up a few guys but we don’t get to train together during the week,’’ Chilcott said.
‘‘Although it seems like a big loss on paper and the new guys, including myself are disappointed, but this time last year we lost by 300 points, so the guys that have been here last year can see the improvement.
‘‘We’re still building from the ground up, but Undera to their credit played well and they’re not going to be a bad side this year.’’
Star Western Australian recruit Leigh Hughes led the way again for the Redlegs, while Chilcott slotted three goals.
Former Shepparton Swans player Josh McDonald and Tim Naughton were among the best, while young gun Aaron Ballantyne impressed.
The Redlegs and Lions will be in for massive tests this weekend when they come up against last season’s grand finalists, Stanhope and Murchison respectively.
Two young boys flown to Melbourne on Wednesday night are still in critical and serious conditions after a Shepparton house fire.
Mulwala Thirds full forward Gus McMillan kicked his 100th goal for the season on Saturday.
Murchison and Tatura SES units were two of 26 Victoria State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive an allocation of new equipment this week as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
Echuca’s Palace Hotel is to receive a five-star makeover from new owners Barry and Jan Donchi.
Leading Senior Constable Chris Goyne has joined the team at the Rochester police station.
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Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Aommunity fair and truck show will be hosted by Heathcote Primary School next month.
Statewide roads and public transport study calls for increased governemnt funding, sparks memories of Cobram passenger rail service.
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Jack Frawley remembered for his service with the 4th light horse bridge at Lone Pine, Gallipoli and the charge of Beersheba, Palestine.
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