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Strathmerton hop over Rennie and into the grand final

Strathmerton is through to the Picola and District Football League grand final after defeating Rennie at Deniliquin on Sunday.The Grasshoppers held a slight advantage at the first two breaks before the rain started to set in at Memorial Park.Strathmerton was the better side in the slippery conditions in the second half, kicking 7.3 to Rennie’s 2.4.Lance Oswald notched three goals for the Bulldogs, while teammate Travis Down kicked two.Daniel Mangan was the only Rennie player to score multiples goals, kicking two for the afternoon.‘‘It’s a great effort by all involved, especially the playing group who have invested a lot of time and effort into making this a great year,’’ Bulldogs coach Tim Bramich said.‘‘Rennie at Deni in trying conditions for football was always going to be a tough ask and, in a physical slog, it was pleasing to see our boys stand up all day and eventually get over the line.‘‘Sammy Lewis was terrific all day, throwing his light frame into the fray and Shannon Emmett provided plenty of drive off half back.‘‘Matty Shannon and Adrian Crestani battled hard to also repel many of Rennie’s forward thrusts.’’The 26-point win sets up at tantalising grand final against Waaia, which defeated Deniliquin 70-37 in Saturday’s preliminary final.The Bombers and the Bulldogs finished first and second in the regular season and, while Waaia edged the minor premiership, Strathmerton is the only side to beat Matt Brown’s side this season — a 83-45 result in round eight.The grand final kicks off at Berrigan Recreation Reserve at 2.05 pm.Full grand final preview in Thursday’s Shepparton News

Dylan Arvela


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Barooga bowls update

A beautiful afternoon greeted bowlers for the start of women’s social bowls at Barooga Sports Bowls Club on August 26, with a random draw for positions adding a bit of fun and some good competition among the 20 bowlers. Afternoon tea was enjoyed by all, meeting up with everyone after the winter break. Winners were Karen Bruce, Mary Hoog and Elaine Blizzard. Elaine Rothe won the spider and Heather Crosthwaite the ditch to ditch. Monday coaching sessions have started with Ray Emerson at noon for all women. Come along and support the great opportunity the club has offered. Beginners are welcome. Social bowls starts at 1 pm and is 2-4-2 pairs. The first trade day is at Nathalia today and it is fantastic the club has four teams entered.  Women’s first club event is 100-up and entries close Friday. All members are encouraged to support club events. Murray Bowls event entries are also posted on the board those interested. Friday pennant players please note, a practice game has been organised for Friday, September 27, at 10 am against Numurkah Golf. Bring your own lunch. Keith’s Friday bowls had 28 bowlers enjoy fine weather, with Archie Ellis and Neville Walsh winning with +8, ahead of Ruth Burnett and Lance Jenkins with 7. Gavan Cullen and Bill Hoog won best first game with 11. For best second game, Marita O’Kane and Des Toohey and Helen Quinn and Bob Bamford finished with 3, but ends won separated them and Helen Quinn and Bob Bamford won the money. The jackpot is again safe and is worth $125 this week. Opening day was on Saturday and, in fine weather, the club officially opened the season with club secretary/treasurer rolling the first jack and women’s champion Ruth Burnett put down the first bowl. An afternoon of bowls was held, which was won by Archie Ellis and Gordon Bennett, from Peter Russell and team followed by afternoon tea. Trade days starts tomorrow at Numurkah, so get the teams together and enter. The club’s own ‘Share the Wealth’ starts Tuesday, so names down please for this event as well. There is a men’s practice match against Hill Top on Saturday, so put names down to enable selectors to select teams.

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End of the Road for Noonan’s Tigers

Cobram’s spiralling season came to an end on Sunday in a 43-point defeat to Congupna in a Murray Football League elimination final at Numurkah Showgrounds. The Tigers started well, leading the Road 20-15 at the first break, however, Congupna stormed ahead to 21-point half-time lead, despite losing BJ Squire to an injury in the early stages of the contest. Congupna kept a firm grip on proceedings to run out 96-53 winners with Daniel Campbell kicking five goals for the match. Cobram coach Josh Noonan admitted it was always going to be a tough ask for his injury-riddled side to knock off the Road, a side which had lost just one in its past six games. ‘‘They had all the momentum going into the match,’’ Noonan said. ‘‘We didn’t have the momentum like last year and they caught us out. ‘‘It would have been good to get a reward after a pretty tough year.’’ The defeat brings down the curtain on Noonan’s term as Cobram coach after three seasons in charge. He said injuries curtailed his team this year, but believed he was leaving the side, which finished rock bottom of the league in 2015, in a good position after reaching back-to-back finals series. ‘‘We put everything in the right direction this year and the proof of that was in beating Nathalia in round one,’’ he said. ‘‘We battled hard to win games and in the end it was a war of attrition — inconsistencies regarding player changes every week made it hard to maintain any momentum. ‘‘There have been 43 players run through seniors this year, which is just crazy, and if things had gone our way (in terms of injuries) our reserves would probably have been playing finals as well. ‘‘I am very proud to come into the club and be able to leave in a better position than I went into it. ‘‘I am proud of the group and the young kids who have come through. I believe the club is in good shape and hopefully it is set up for sustained success in the future.’’ Noonan had no immediate coaching plans, instead wanting to take a step back and follow his two girls, who played netball for Cobram. ? Cobram’s under-17s and under-14s also played in finals on the weekend. The under-17s had a 20-point loss to Rumbalara in a qualifying final, meaning the side will play Tongala in a semi-final at Nathalia this weekend. The under-14s were crunched 81-13 by Echuca United in the qualifying final. The side will look to rebound in a semi-final at home against Tongala.

Dylan Arvela


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Roar reach final four with win over Albury United

Cobram unleashed an almighty roar in its quarter final match against Albury United, beating the side which finished three places higher in the regular season, 2-0.Roar has gone more than six hours without conceding with United the last side to score against Cobram in round 19.Bill Puckett’s side was forced into an early change when Justin Smith went down with an injury. However, Cobram managed to open the scoring at Melrose Park in the 44th minute through striker Shaun Willis, who was able to get goalside of his marker before slotting the ball between the goalkeeper and the post.The goal scorer took a knock in the process of scoring and he was unable to run it off, forcing Puckett to make another change early in the second half.Albury was on the front foot for all of the second half, but Roar goalkeeper Lachlan McDonald made a string of great saves whenever United managed to get past the solid back four, marshalled by Marius Williams.With just over 10 minutes remaining, Roar made its final substitute after star striker Mitchell Speechley-Price copped a hit to the knee, requiring him to be helped from the field. He was replaced by veteran Nathan Thomas, who was returning from injury.Roar had its back to the wall, but a crucial counter attack secured the win with minutes remaining with young gun Lachlan Osborne picking out Thomas, who laced a lob over the onrushing Joshua Fluss and into the goal.After the match, Puckett, with son Leo, said the result was a brilliant Father’s Day present.‘‘It was the perfect way to end Father’s Day — a 2-0 victory against a top four team, another clean sheet and two goals,’’ he said.‘‘The prematch talk has been the same for the last three or four weeks, work hard and when you force an error make the most of your time with the ball.‘‘We picked them off at the end of both halves when they were looking for a goal and were getting tired and sloppy, we made the most of it, the plan worked a treat and the boys pulled it off perfectly.’’Puckett said how results against the best sides in the league required everyone to be on their game, but he singled out his goalkeeper and a couple youngsters, all instrumental in the win.‘‘Lachie (McDonald) made an unbelievable amount of save,’’ he said.‘‘He is the best goalkeeper in the league, I don’t care what the votes say at the end of the season.‘‘Jordan Nankiville covered the left wing by driving forward, the energy he’s got and now his game understanding is improving week in week out and Lachie Osborne comes in from uni, hasn’t played in three or four weeks and creates a couple of goals, he showed his worth there.’’ Cobram progresses to a semi-final against Myrtleford under the Savoy Park lights on Saturday night.The sides played out a 1-1 draw in the round 13 clash at the venue and Puckett said the side will be brimming with confidence.‘‘(Our confidence is) higher (than sky high), we don’t fear anyone, and we have proven throughout the regular season that we can take points of the top teams,’’ he said.‘‘We are a better side now than when we got those draws against Wangaratta and Myrtleford.’’A win for Roar would see the side qualify for a grand final against the winner of Wangaratta and Boomers, who knocked off Melrose and Albury City in week one of the finals.

Dylan Arvela


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Ricky Thomson and Sharni Hazelman named Barooga’s bests for 2019

Ricky Thomson and Sharni Hazelman claimed top honours at Barooga Football Netball Club’s presentation night. Held at Barooga Golf Club on Friday, Thomson went home with the two major awards in senior football, winning the Vin Toohey Medal for best and fairest and the Gerald O’Dwyer Player’s Player award. A-grade netballer and playing coach Sharni Hazelman was named best and fairest, while Gabe Florance was judged to be the most consistent. Seniors coach James Hazelman felt Thomson was the clear candidate for the club’s top footballing awards. ‘‘Ricky was excellent in the ruck which is not really his natural position,’’ he said. ‘‘For him to win best and fairest playing there speaks volumes. ‘‘From my point of view, he was our best and most consistent this year and was one of our best one or two nearly every time he played. ‘‘Ricky deserved to win but also credit to Zac for finishing runner-up, he also had a great year.’’ Hazelman, who was named Coach’s Most Wanted player at the Murray Football Netball league vote count, was happy to claim another personal accolade. ‘‘It is nice to be recognised for having the season I’ve had by winning best and fairest,’’ she said. ‘‘Like I said last week though, I don’t play netball for individual awards. ‘‘I play out the season to win but to finish at the club’s best and fairest is nice.’’ She also made a special mention of runner-up Gabe Florance, as well as rising star Chloe Anthony. ‘‘I have played with Gabe for the last three seasons and this year stood out,’’ Hazelman said. ‘‘She has been fantastic in the goal ring — accurate and composed. ‘‘Chloe Anthony is a young one and she got most improved. ‘‘She worked hard to clean up her game and she has really worked hard on her fitness, which became evident on game day. I am proud of her for the season she has had.’’ Award winners Football Seniors best and fairest:  winner — Ricky Thomson; runner-up — Zac Brain Seniors Gerald O’Dwyer Player’s Player Award: Ricky Thomson Seniors leading goal kicker: Lucas Olson (27) Seniors most improved: Richard Gatcum Seniors best under-21s player: Kris Bextream Reserves best and fairest: winner — Peter Francis; runner-up — Jon O’Dwyer Thirds best and fairest: winner — Ryley Sampson; runner-up — Cooper Doyle Fourths best and fairest: winner — Caleb Jezewski; runner-up — Jai Nolan Netball A-grade best and fairest: winner — Sharni Hazelman; runner-up — Gabe Florance A-grade most consistent: Gabe Florence A-grade most improved: Chloe Anthony A-grade most determined: Sarah Trenerry B-grade best and fairest: winner — Sophie Macheda; runner-up — Cath Brooks C-grade best and fairest: winner — Tamara Brockely; runner-up — Casa Perri C-grade reserves best and fairest: winners (tied) — Claire Flanagan and Breanna Tedesco; runner-up — Kellie Quinane Under-17s best and fairest: winner Lilly Brooks; runner-up — Hayley Geisler Under-15s best and fairest: winner — Grace Stillars; runner-up — Felicity Geisley Under-13s best and fairest: winners (tied) — Mackenzie O’Dwyer and Keely O’Dwyer; runner-up — Jacinta Slatterie Under-11s best and fairest: winner — Jessica Slatterie; runner-up — Maya Shannon Other awards Leighton-Daly Clubperson of the Year — Mel Bowden Veronica Brooks Junior Clubperson (Netball) — Hayley Geisler Geoffrey Gaylard Junior Clubperson (Football) — Cooper Doyle Barooga netball finals Barooga had tough time in the first week of Murray Netball League finals with three of four teams knocked out. C-reserve was the only winner, beating Katandra 45-31, setting up a semi-final against Moama at Cobram. The under-17s went down 51-46 in overtime against Rumbalara, while the under-15s lost 32-31 to Nathalia. Rumbalara proved too strong for Barooga, winning 41-31 in the under-13s.

Dylan Arvela