Shepparton holds off Euroa to claim victory

By Aydin Payne

Shepparton held off a gallant Euroa to claim a memorable three-point win at Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The Bears led at every interval, but staved off the fast-finishing Magpies to seal their sixth win of the Goulburn Valley League season.

Milestone man Harry Boyd stood tall for Shepparton in the final minutes.

Boyd’s intercept marking along the wing stopped Euroa’s desperate attempts of going forward.

Fellow big man Ash Holland was at his devastating best, while Matt Brett shone in defence.

Shepparton coach Sean Harrap said that it was a great to clinch the win away from home in tough circumstances.

‘‘I thought it was really good to clinch a close a win, especially at Euroa, where it’s such a tough ground to win (at),’’ Harrap said.

‘‘It was a bit of an inconsistent performance from us, which sums up our year at the moment.

‘‘We did things well in some periods, but little mistakes cost us and allowed them to score.

‘‘We’re working hard to correct those mistakes, but we can’t be too displeased leaving Euroa with a win.’’

Harrap said Boyd was pivotal in his 50th game.

‘‘Those marks (in the dying stages) really did stem the tide and were pivotal in the end result,’’ Harrap said.

‘‘I will admit, there was a bit of relief at the final siren.’’

The win for Shepparton was soured, with teenager Matt Pellegrino suffering a shoulder injury.

For Euroa, teenager Lachlan Hill booted two goals and Adam Giobbi kicked three .

Jett Trotter and Jarmyn Tremellen played well, while Marcus Varley fought bravely to be awarded best afield for the Magpies.

Euroa coach Scott Rowan said he was pleased with the performance of his side, despite the outcome.

‘‘It was a bit of an arm-wrestle match,’’ he said.

‘‘Obviously it was a disappointing outcome, but I was really pleased with the effort from the boys.

‘‘Lachie was fantastic across half-forward kicking two important goals and he continues to impress each week.

‘‘He backed into a number of packs and showed plenty of courage for a youngster.’’

The loss has shafted Euroa to ninth on the ladder, three games behind the Bears with seven matches to play, with the Magpies’ finals aspirations looking in dire straits.