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Eagles find flight path, heading in right direction

By Tyler Maher

Echuca United’s season is back on track after four wins in a row.

Lance Oswald, Corey Wanganeen and Nic Denahy led the Eagles to victory against Shepparton East last week and helped their side soar to seventh on the Murray Football League table.

Guy Campbell’s charges return home to Echuca South Recreation Reserve today to host winless Deniliquin and should shore up a place in the top eight even further with another triumph.

The Rams will be looking for an increased output after yet another disappointing showing against Mulwala last week.

Brady Trotman, Ash Morris and George Trewhitt were good against the Lions, but it did not stop the Rams from suffering a 117-point loss.

●Ash Froud (four goals) and Sean Johns (three) led the way for Mulwala in last week’s big win and the pair will look to do the same again today against Cobram.

The clash presents as one of the more intriguing fixtures across round 10, with both outfits shaping as contenders for a top four spot but dropping games while favourite already this campaign.

For the Lions it was a round two loss to Tongala which raised eyebrows, while the Tigers have been defeated by Tungamah (round five) and Rumbalara (last week).

Darcy McCormack (24 goals) has been a revelation in attack for Cobram and, along with Tyron Baden and Sam Gemmill, represent the key figures if the side is to win today.

●Congupna must be wary of a let down after a massive breakthrough win last week.

The Road went on the road and defeated Moama, but will want to quickly refocus on the task at hand today.

David Gee’s charges take on Katandra and the performances of Sam Ferguson, BJ Squire and Josh Chapman will go a long way to deciding the result at the final siren.

For the Kats, Corey Hickford has blossomed under the harsh spotlight of the Murray league, booting 19 goals in seven outings.

Ray Ireland and Will Jeffrey stood up in defeat as well last week, but the squad will miss the experience and talent of Brenton Riordan as he serves the first week of a two-match suspension.

●Nathalia continues to do as it pleases in the competition.

The Purples have kicked four scores of 155 or more in just eight games, highlighting their supreme dominance over most teams in the region.

Brodie Ross (31 goals), Liam Evans (23), Brett Vallender (17), Adam Jorgensen (15) and Jason Limbrick (12) could all lead a forward line in their own right.

●Finley is tasked with taking down Nathalia today and the Cats will have to take matters into their own hands by winning as much contested ball as possible.

Levi Middleton, Robb Jewell and Nick Robertson were great last week, while Ed Barlow is back on deck and ready to tear a game apart.

●Numurkah spread the load well last week with 11 individual goalkickers and co-coaches Chris O’Dwyer and Jye Warren will be hoping for a similarly even performance today.

Mitch Price, Nick Fothergill and Brad Vassal ooze class on the field, especially when that field is the Numurkah Showgrounds.

Shepparton East makes the trip north to take on the Blues, but will be depleted by suspensions to David Gillespie and coach Dwain Vidler.

Ricky Frappell, Rob Osborne and Simon Russell were the best players for the Eagles last round and Adem Barolli, who dominated in his return from injury in the reserves last week, will come into the side to face the Blues today.

●A refreshed Tongala unit will fancy itself a chance of knocking off Moama today.

The Blues have played just one match since May 12, but will use the extra rest to try and run over the top of the Magpies at Tongala Recreation Reserve.

Moama suffered an upset loss to Congupna last week and needs to get its season back on track quickly.

Rhys Archard and Angus Grigg both snared three goals each against The Road, and if they again fire then the Magpies should be too hot to handle.