It was a game of two halves — bad and not so bad

By Riverine Herald


U12s — Moama Black v Echuca Green

A cold Friday night greeted us in our match versus Echuca Green at Vic Park.

A slow start and some wasted opportunities by our Echuca opponents kept us in the game in the first quarter, with our captain for the night Jett Keam kicking a well deserved goal into the wind.

Some poor manning up and lack of talk let the Echuca side score some easy goals into the wind and they starved us of the ball to make use of the wind.

A few structural changes gave us a lot more first uses of the ball and we worked extremely well into the wind with Mitch Bell, Jett Keam and Kobe Shanahan showing the way and our half-back line repelling most of their forward thrusts. With a bit of pride on the line our boys put their best foot forward in the last quarter with Levi Griffiths creating lots of opportunities up forward, thanks to the great supply from Cody Verhey, Liam Hearn and Cohen Highfield.

Some great efforts from our first year players, Tom Naujok, Bailey Burrell, Toby Cadd, Xavier Mallick and Ty Verhey helped us run over the top of our opponents in the second half.

A game played in 2 halves we showed ourselves how to play in the second half.

Goals: Jobe Shanahan 2, Mitch Bell 2, Jett Keam & Toby Cadd.

Awards: Mitch Bell, Jett Keam, Jobe Shanahan, Cohen Highfield, Levi Griffiths, Liam Hearn.

Moama White v LBU

A beautiful evening in Lockington, as Moama White took on LBU on Friday night.

Captain Jye Jarrett in the ruck was giving Moama first use of the ball, with Lachie Hogan and Sam Hoopell continually driving the ball forward.

A strong mark to Josh Wright and goal got the Moama machine going.

Archie Teasdale was presenting and marking well at half forward, whilst Oliver Wright and Jake Barden were causing headaches across the middle of the ground.

Harry Limbrick was taking marks and moving the ball forward effectively, but the standout was Archie Peat, who was dominating at centre half back, before moving into the ruck where he led the way throughout the game.

Regular goals to Hogan, Jarrett and clever goals from Zade Maschewski and Noah Walker ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over.

Lots of players got to play new positions throughout the game, and adapted accordingly to please the coaching staff.

Well done to Lockington who fought hard throughout the night.

Awards: Archie Peat, Oliver Wright, Jake Barden, Harry Limbrick and Jye Jarrett.

U14s — Moama v Kyabram

The boys travelled to Kyabram Friday night and it was a tight first quarter with both sides struggling to score.

James Bentley was strong in the ruck and around the ground as was Brodie Marriott.

Matthew Sims put in a solid quarter and continued to be in the play for the remainder of the game.

The second quarter was just as tight but with a team effort and some good play from Matthew Cartwright Moama’s Carlos Hall kicked a goal with a fancy front flip to follow.

Tanner Tomkins was also hard at the ball giving our forwards every opportunity.

In the third quarter Moama started strong with a goal to Ryan Simmons and with Will Norris and Callum Palmer working hard Kyabram had to run in numbers to score.

Our Rover Zane Lochhead worked tirelessly throughout the game as did our entire backline under enormous pressure with first gamer Arj Whealan giving it his all.

Another goal in the last to Ryan Simmons was not enough as Kyabram finished stronger for the win.

A solid effort by all the boys.

Best Players: Zane Lochhead, Matthew Cartwright, Matthew Sims, Tanner Tomkins, Will Norris, Carlos Hall, and Arj Whealan.