Best efforts can’t ward off draw

By Lauren Bordin

Shepparton Notre Maroon and Mooroopna Blue were forced to share points following their under-14 Shepparton District Junior Football League match.

The Bears had a narrow five-point lead at the final change, but with each side having three scoring shots in the last term it was the Cats who converted two into goals.

The 60-all draw had each side’s major goal-kickers their most prominent players, with Lachlan Rumbiolo important for Shepparton Notre and Kydan Atkinson equally important for Mooroopna.

Both players kicked three goals with the Bears also receiving plenty of effort from Lachlan Ludeman and Zac Metcalf (two goals), while the Cats were well served by Coby James and Ben Woods.

●Shepparton Swans White clinched a nail-biter against Echuca Green, despite Harry Wetton’s four goals for the Murray Bombers.

The Swans staged an almighty comeback in the final term, coming back from two goals down at three-quarter-time for a one-goal win.

White trailed at every change bar the most important as Thomas Burke, Oliver Warburton and Lucas Rachele created magic across the ground.

Manny Laulu was important in the forward line with three goals for White to keep its slim finals hopes alive.

●Shepparton Notre Gold helped itself to a narrow win, prevailing by 13 points at Tatura Park.

The Bulldogs began the game with gusto, but gradually the Bears grew their margin to 16 points at the final change before Tatura clawed itback to 13 points by the final siren.

Charlie Mellington and James Washington combined for three goals, while teammate Wyatt Scott starred across the ground for Shepparton Notre.

Joshua Bathman, Charlie Murdoch, Mason Reeves (two goals) and Jai Bailey (two goals) were important for Tatura.

●Shepparton United Blue’s Kyle Montgomery controlled the play against Mooroopna White as the Demons streamed to a 63-point win.

Montgomery was helped by Charlie Di Stefano (three goals), Flavian Calandro (four goals) and William Roberts with United containing the Cats to a goal at half-time.

But Mooroopna upped its output in the second half with 14 scoring shots as Brayden Sciuto and Liam Leahy led the way.

●Another sterling performance from Echuca’s Tighe O’Brien helped the Murray Bombers to a 54-22 defeat of Shepparton Swans Red.

Jace Tonkin and Samuel Edgar were also important in the winning side, while the performances of Harrison Mazzella, Blake Aglinskas and two goals from Christian Georgiou helped the Swans’ cause.

●Shepparton United Red added win number seven to its tally with 10 goal scorers on its way to an 80-point defeat of Echuca Bombers.

Isaac Barry led the way with four and Ryan Calogero and Kale Gibson each slotted through three, while Sam Adams was important across the ground.