Navarre juniors step up

Navarre juniors were forced to step up and fill senior positions due to an extended injury list and did just that on their way to victory against Maldon in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League.

Juniors stepped up and did the job for Navarre in their big win over Maldon.

Juniors stepped up and did the job for Navarre in their big win over Maldon.

With several players unavailable coach Daniel Parkin was left with limited numbers for selection.

Turning to the youth of the club he opted for three of the junior players to take the next step in their short football career.

Hayden Thompson, Aaron Slorach and Riley Bibby were the players to get the call up.

Slorach took advantage of his opportunity, kicking four goals for the day.

Parkin praised each of the players that played both in the under 17s and seniors.

"Each of the young blokes really stood up and played their role," Parkin said.

"That's what makes this team so impressive. The injuries keep happening, but we are still winning."

In the cold and wet conditions on the smaller Maldon ground the football was congested and at times lacked the free flowing passages of play Navarre are used to.

"They were pretty poor conditions, just one of those days where you are happy to take the four points," Parkin said.

After a strong first quarter where Navarre kicked six goals to Maldon's one, a win was almost secured.

Navarre continued to extend their lead, but as the rain grew heavier scoring difficulty increased.

Kicking just four goals in the last half Navarre finished 69 point winners 15.6.96 to Maldon 4.3.27.

In his first game back since dislocating his elbow Brent Flood showed he hadn't missed a beat picking up the best on ground award.

Harley McKenny continues to improve and impress his coach while Cody Driscoll, Sam Kaye, Bryce Tickner and Zach Parry were other names to feature in the best players.

Zach Parry was thrown into the ruck after Rhett Murphy injured his ankle and failed to take part in the remainder of the game.

Josh Folkes also hyperextended his elbow, but ran the game out.

Navarre were left to just one on the bench for the second half of the game.

"You can't really look too much into a wet game like that," Parkin said.


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