Wild winds dictate play for young Magpie players

By Riverine Herald


U12s — Moama White

Moama White took on Echuca Bombers on Friday night at Vic Park in cold, wet and windy conditions.

It was obvious the game was going to be played in one half of the ground due to the wind and Moama defended exceptionally well.

Alex Donchi was a standout in the backline and along with Jye Jarrett and Harry Limbrick ensured scoring was hard.

In the second quarter captain Lachie Hogan started finding the ball at will and converted the team’s first goal.

Jack Davy, Angus McBurnie and Oscar Burns continually worked hard to give Moama opportunities.

The third quarter was an arm wrestle.

In the last, a brilliant snap from the pocket by first gamer Josh Sparks gave Moama a slender lead.

A desperate smother by Hogan and game saving tackle from Hoopell helped to deny Echuca and allowed Moama to take what was a highly entertaining game by the smallest of margins.

Awards: Oscar Burns, Alex Donchi, Jack Davy, Angus McBurnie and Lachie Pumpa.

Moama Black

A bright sunny Mother’s Day brought out a big crowd on a great morning for footy.

Some poor marking saw Tongala run the ball well into the wind kicking a couple of goals.

In the second quarter, some good speed saw Jobe Shanahan kick a much needed goal into the wind.

We kept applying pressure in our defensive half with Cohen Highfield leading the way.

The last quarter into the wind was one of our best with Will Street, Xavier Mallick and Rhys Drennan getting plenty of the ball and driving us forward time after time, but Tonny had our measure on the day.

Awards: Will Street, Xavier Mallick, Bailey Burrell, Henry Dye, Ty Verhey and Rhys Drennan.

U14s — Moama v Leitchville-Gunbower

On a glorious sunny Mother’s Day the boys ran onto the ground for their first game in daylight full of confidence.

Mathew Sims and Brodie Marriott both kicked goals to put us on the board with some vigorous play from Maddick Fleming on the ball and the pace around the ground of James Bentley.

The second quarter saw some undisciplined play which allowed LG to even up the score but the running games of Baxter Anderson, Jake Cardilini, and Clark Ryder allowed Ryan Simmons, James Bentley and Maisyn Douglas to score.

Matthew Cartwright worked tirelessly around the ground and Will Norris, Logan Warde, and Zac Casey held firm in the backline.

It was an inspirational team effort overall and in the last the boys turned on the gas with four goals from four players, Ryan Simmons, Matthew Cartwright, James Bentley and Archie Connors who was having a ripper up forward.

A good win for their Mums on Mother’s Day.

Bests: Maddick Fleming, Matthew Cartwright, Will Norris, Ryan Simmons, Ryder Clark, Logan Warde, Archie Connors.

Moama v Rumbalara

Under 14 had a visit from Rumbalara on Saturday in tricky conditions.

The side bombed the ball inside 50 and expected the wind to do most of the work.

Things changed as the side worked on their ball movement.

With Darcy getting on top in the ruck and Noah feeding off the mids and hitting the scoreboard, the tide started to turn.

With scores level at the last break the boys continued lowering their eyes and hitting targets, which made the difference between the two teams.

Bests: Darcy, Noah, Ned, Dylan, Kobe, Kalani.