Euroa wins tight contest against Rochester

June 04, 2018

Electric debut: Euroa's Robbie Paradzayi showed flashes of excellence in his first senior game.

X-factor: Euroa's Jarmyn Tremellen takes yet another fantastic mark.

A week on from throwing away a win in the final quarter, Euroa flipped the script on Saturday against Rochester, producing clutch football with the game on the line to record a vital win.

The loss to Shepparton surely burned into their memories, the Magpies fell behind in the last quarter, but produced answers to the series of difficult questions, pipping the Tigers by 14 points.

The hero was Jarmyn Tremellen, with three goals in the last quarter to drag his side into the winning position.

In an illustration of how vital the round eight Goulburn Valley League clash was, Euroa jumped to fourth with the win, yet would have slipped outside the top six if it could not have held on.

Coach JD Hayes was thrilled his side had learned its lesson.

‘‘It was well documented that last week we were quite upset (with how we lost), but we didn’t smash them on the track, but if it happened again we would have to flog them,’’ he said.

‘‘We were eight points up, but they hit the front and I was thinking ‘not again’. But we rallied and were able to steal it, and the home crowd was huge.

‘‘It was a real learning experience for us and a great response for the playing group and the footy club.’’

The Magpies were seven points up at quarter-time and half-time and eight ahead at three-quarter-time of a clash neither team ever controlled.

Tremellen’s four goals were the dangerous forward’s equal best return for the season, but his impact on the contest made it clearly his best performance.

Another damaging midfield display from Hayes helped drag his side over the line and he pointed to a pair of inclusions also as influential along with Tremellen.

‘‘I thought the inclusion of Jacob Gleeson was huge because he was awesome and our new bloke Robbie Paradzayi was very good,’’ he said.

‘‘(Paradzayi) is really hard at it, when it was his turn to put his head over the ball he did and he was really dashing with the ball.

‘‘(Tremellen) really stood up, he clunked three in a row and went back and kicked the goals. He was taking really good one-on-one marks.’’

Reliable Rochester forward Steven Stroobants kicked four, but he lacked support up forward with only Corey Windridge also kicking multiple goals.

Jackson McEwen, Doug Wren and James Gledhill also were strong.

The loss squared the Tigers’ record at 4-4 and with Benalla and Echuca to come in the next fortnight will be battling to keep their season afloat.

Coach James Flaherty said given how well his side had played, losing hurt.

‘‘We knew it wasn’t going to be easy going over there, but we were disappointed in the end because we were in a position to win,’’ he said.

‘‘A couple of things late hurt us — disciplinary stuff like being second to the ball and giving away free kicks.

‘‘They got momentum going their way and we turned it over a bit late.

‘‘Once we got the lead, we had another couple of shots and if we’d kicked them we would have been pretty happy.’’

Rochester lost Tim Letcher early in the game after taking a knee to the back.

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