Sport

Great opening weekend for Srathmerton

By Cobram Courier

Seniors

A hot but almost perfect day for football greeted the seniors in their Picola and District Football League clash with Blighty, and they certainly came out firing.

With a number of new faces and returning ones, the run, carry and how quickly they moved the ball was exciting to watch.

Best players were hard to pick due to the even contribution from all who pulled the jumper and the goalkicking honours spread.

It really was a great first up performance and, with added depth to the squad with a few boys stiff to miss selection, pressure is there for spots in the side.

Great to see Lance Oswald back in club colours since his junior days and fitted into the midfield beautifully partnering well Simon Russell and Tyron Hill.

The half-back line repelled many forward thrusts and also created plenty of run and dash led by Shannon Emmett and Lewis O’Sullivan.

Zeke Bunge was a surprise in the ruck, getting plenty of the ball around the ground and Trav Down kicked a few nice goals and we better mention that mark also. Great start to the year boys.

Reserves

What a fantastic start to the season for the twos boys getting their first win on the board. Wonderful to see a full team with a couple of spares on the bench.

Led well by a few experienced heads out of the middle with Mick Keane, John Russo and our fearless leader Josh Beer. Followed closely with some great run from the youth in Trent Collyer, Max Shannon and Logan King.

Tristan Lee-Madgwick revelled in his opportunity after missing out on senior selection, providing some class down forward.

The back six were as solid as ever with young Connor Griffiths holding his own well.

It was another reliable match from Jake Stephens, putting it all on the line before he jets off to greener pastures.

Would be good to see a few more numbers on the track to prepare for the coming weeks.

Thirds

The season started with the 2018 premiership flying high and proud above the ground.

The boys were keen and excited, attacking the ball from the first siren.

Teamwork was prominent and the feed from centre to forward was strong, setting Hayden Wyatt up for a 12-goal bag.

The strength in the back line, the speed and skill through the centre and the dominance in the forward line, showed the whole team is eager to stand up for a back to back season. A great start to the season, go Doggies.

Awards: K. Simon, B. Ebborn, H. Wyatt, D. Patmore and D. Craven.

Fourths

Always great to finally get the first round of the year started and the club welcomed all new players and families to the club.

The sun was out and the boys hit the ground running. The forward pressure was great, with the boys holding the ball in the forward 50.

Unfortunately no goals were scored.

The second quarter saw the boys get their rewards with Jai Stephens getting himself two goals from the consistent pressure.

Players showed their experience with cool, calm decisions and sure hands, with the ball providing the rebounds back into the forward line.

The third quarter saw Will Almond play his first game for the club and he was super in the ruck, winning the ruck and then following up with second and third efforts.

Jayden Edgar finished the third quarter with a super tackle and was rewarded with a free kick in front of goal and kicked truly after the siren.

The final quarter yet again saw the pressure on Blighty was too much and consistently turning the ball over to Strathy.

Ethan Coghill-Lynam was a defiant leader down back showing great attack on the ball and leadership.

Goals: Jai Stevens 3, Jayden Edgar 2.

Awards: Will Almond (Strathy Cafe), Ethan Coghill-Lynam (Subway), Harry Barnes (Terminus Hotel), Cody Edgar (women’s committee), Harry Spicer (Macca’s $10).