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Namoi League – Round 6 Review

June 7th, 2021

Wee Waa proved too good for Narrabri Elevens, while Moree could not match it with Narrabri in round six of the Namoi League at the weekend.

Second on the table, Wee Waa managed four goals against the Elevens, in a performance coach Shane Soutter described as one where the side was “more effective” than in previous weeks.

David Avery bagged a brace for the home side, while Dean Hamblin also found the back of the net. The goal of the day however went to Nick Gorton, who celebrated his first goal with a cartwheel. No doubt a story that will be told at the local for years to come.

“In my opinion the game was won through effective passing. Our keeper did amazing in stopping one on one attacks and that lifted morale and pumped everyone up,” Soutter said.

“The sides performance was fantastic as you could see how the passing and finishing had really improved compared to previous weeks.”

Wee Waa next week face the top-of-the-table Narrabri at Hogan Park, with Soutter expecting a physical encounter across the park. No football is scheduled for the June long weekend.

“The focus for the week ahead is to work on shielding the ball and maintaining possession. Just need to play smart to avoid injury because we are coming up against a very physical side soon.”

In the weekend’s other match, Narrabri made it six from six to start the season with a three-goal win over Moree.

Colby Williams, Jake Brayshaw and Callum McPhee all found the back of the net for Narrabri, with coach Neil Brayshaw impressed with his side’s composure.

“I was really impressed with our ball control and possession in the second half as Moree pressed us hard,” he said.

“Overall, it was a very good team performance as it showed in our players player votes which was tied between Jake and Cooper Brayshaw with 13 votes and next was Callum McPhee with 12 votes so a very pleasing team performance.”

Moree coach Matt Urquhart was left to lament an inability to convert close to goal.

“It was quite a good game actually, it came down to fitness, our boys got tired and started to dive in on tackles and they made us pay when we missed,” he said.

“We had a few opportunities to score but just could not capitalise. We are looking forward to our next game with them.”

With the long weekend a designated bye round, Moree now turn their attention to Narrabri Elevens, with fitness the focus over the next fortnight.

“Fitness will be our focal point over the next couple of weeks given we have a week off.”

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