Mooroopna grabbed its first win of the Shepparton District Junior Football League under-16 division one season on Sunday with an eight-point triumph against the Shepparton Swans.
The Cats kicked four goals to none in the third quarter and looked well poised for victory up 30 points at three-quarter time, but the Swans sped home with four goals of their own in the last to really make Mooroopna earn it.
Declan Phillingham was one of the Cats’ best with three majors, while Jed Woods, Tom Brown and Ryley Issell were other important factors.
Max Clohesy did all he could as the Swans’ best, along with Diesel Batey, Izaak Rossignuolo and Liam Morrison, who kicked two goals.
Shepparton United had no trouble dealing with Tatura, coming up with a 139-point win.
With 24 goals scored by the Demons there were plenty to go around, with Bowen Calogero (six), Liam Serra (four) and Ryan Calogero having big games.
Jake Zerbato also stood out along with Kian Roche and Izaac Thompson-Fethney.
For the Bulldogs, Xavier Hutchison never gave up with Will Russell (two goals) and Cameron O’Connell also strong.
At Victoria Park, Echuca looked strong winning its first game of the season, beating Shepparton Notre by 79 points.
Noah Long and Callum Parson bagged four goals apiece, while best-on-ground Corbin Anderson slotted two.
Shannon Howard was rock solid for Shepparton along with Jed Warrin, Wyatt Scott and Jack Hooper.
●In division two action, Echuca stood up when it mattered against Shepp Notre-Mooroopna and claimed a five-point win.
The Murray Bombers led by a solitary point at half-time, but the scores were level at the final break, before four goals to the Cats’ three in the last earned the win.
Jace Tonkin shone bright for Echuca, his best-on-ground performance including two goals, Seth Hohendorf chipping in with three of his own.
Joshua Ball, Edmund Bush and Matt Gazelle were other stars, while Tace Bigmore slotted four goals for the Cats.
Aidan Librio, Mason Papadopoulos, Jordan Breen and Zac Metcalf did what they could for the Cats.
Elsewhere, Echuca United’s junior program continued to produce results, knocking off Shepparton United by 158 points.
Colby Campbell made it back-to-back best-on-ground performances with seven goals, while fellow Eagle Brodie Lloyd kicked seven of his own for the second straight week.
Max Childs, Bodhi Chique, Ricky Ridley and Jesse Kempen all performed well for the Eagles, while Jordan Wiggins, Josh Crawford and Ryan Sandlant were best for the Demons.