Cats have a narrow escape

August 09, 2017

Finals campaigns start in Shepparton District Junior Football League on Sunday.

Finals action will start in the Shepparton District Junior Football League this Sunday.

All matches will be held at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve, with games being split between the main ground and John Gray Oval.

The under-16 finals series will be a top-eight system, with minor premier Mooroopna hosting Echuca White and Shepparton United Red battling Shepparton United Blue in another fascinating top-four battle.

In the final round, the Cats prevailed in a thriller against Kyabram Black by four points.

Bombers star Ethan Palma-Ludeman booted seven goals in a losing cause to go to 59 majors for the season, while Wezley Hill, Cooper Vick, Liam Dillon and Ryan Cox were outstanding.

Mooroopna’s top-liners were Bailey Whittaker, Meafou Pele, Matthew Curtis, Domenic Gugliotti and Henry Wedding.

●Shepp United Blue gained the upper hand on Shepp United Red heading into its qualifying final, smashing its club rival by 41 points at Congupna.

Mitchell Roche, Kade Chalcraft, Sheldon Bogdan, Cody Teitzel and Blake Fothergill were United Blue’s best, while United Red had top contributions from Damien Pigatto, Matthew Poppa, Tom Jackson, Bailey Pearson and Ethan McLaren.

●Shepparton Notre Maroon accounted for Shepparton Swans at Princess Park by 33 points, with Elijah Kilmartin named best-on-ground.

Abel Connors, Patrick Cormican, Caleb McInnes, Will Rohde and Jack Moylan were also outstanding for the Bears, while Zac Clohesy, Ethan Warburton, Ty Sutherland, Josh Jeffery and Josh Rachele impressed for the Swans.

●Shepparton Notre Gold finished the home-and-away season with an emphatic 45-point victory against Echuca Green.

Nicholas Healey was on fire with four majors, while Zak Wikman, Orien Kerr, Jack Harcoan, Ethan Batey and Patrick Bolton stood out for the Bears.

●Tatura was unable to finish its season with a win, losing to Kyabram Red by 53 points.

Daniel Anderson, Connor Hawes, Izac Ferguson, Samuel Elliot, Noah Ryan and Curtis Walsh were the Bombers’ standouts, while Sean McAllister, Caleb MacGibbon, Andrew O’Connell, Bailey Archer and James Ritter impressed for the Bulldogs.

In the final game, Echuca White had the better of Rochester and won by 23 points.

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