Eagles make a statement in game against Rumbalara

By Tyler Maher

Echuca United made a large Murray Football League statement on Saturday.

The Eagles ran all over Rumbalara in the second half of their clash, booting nine goals to none after the main break to finish with an 18.15 (123) to 5.13 (43) triumph.

Josh Mellington stood tall in attack for the home side at Echuca South Recreation Reserve, snaring eight majors of his own as Bailey Sawyer, James Curnow and Nic Denahy also impressed.

Kyal Atkinson, Tim Lloyd and Kian Wise caught the eye for Rumba, but the side has begun the season with an 0-3 record and will be hungry for an initial win.

●Cobram had to do it tough under lights at Finley Recreation Reserve, but managed to escape with a one-point victory against the Cats.

Matt Demaio (three goals) will make it hard for opposition defenders to stay on top of him in attack for the Tigers this season, while Adam De Cicco, Cadeyn Williams and Izac Artavilla were also outstanding in the 11.11 (77) to 11.10 (76) result.

Cam Robertson, Levi Middleton and Mat Wilson all kicked three goals for the Cats in the tight defeat.

●Deniliquin held on for a 9.8 (62) to 7.10 (52) win against Congupna.

The Rams recovered from a slow start to claim success, with John Anstee, John Bowie, Ricky Gittens and Nick Howe leading the way.

BJ Squire, Joe Dwyer and Curt Allen stood tall for The Road, but could not drag their side over the line.

●Numurkah had another big win to keep its season rolling superbly, defeating Tongala 12.6 (78) to 4.12 (36) in the battle of the Blues.

Nathan Hicks and Mitch Price each managed three majors for Numurkah, with Jarrod Holmes and Michael Herlihy slotting two apiece.

Tongala was left to rue its inaccuracy in front of goal, but Hamish Cohen, Cam Ilett and Kyle Fitzgerald stood out for the side.

●Nathalia was in no mood for mercy after dropping its round one match, leaking just one goal per term against Moama in a 22.21 (153) to 4.5 (29) trouncing.

Tom Nihill snared a goal and was among the best in his 100th game for the Purples, while Adam Jorgensen (five goals), Liam Evans, Bailey Bell and Alex Hicks (all three) had plenty of fun up forward.

Jack Russell, Dougal McKindlay and Jack Harland battled hard for the Magpies.

●Another young captain celebrated his 100th game in style, with Jackson Gash steering Mulwala to a 17.23 (125) to 5.6 (36) triumph against Katandra at Lonsdale Reserve.

Dylan McNamara (four goals) and Sean Johns (three) were dangerous in attack for the Lions, while Damian Cook and Dylan Flanagan also impressed.

Xavier Chalkley, Luke Minogue, Tom Jeffery and Aaron Muntz stood out for the Kats.