NATHALIA Football Club continued as the benchmark of the Murray Football League on Saturday claiming a confident 33-point triumph over Moama.
The Mowers’ season is shaping up in similar fashion to how the previous year ended; with a sizeable injury list as even more players went down at the weekend.
They went into the game already missing Luke Dunham and Paul Van Der Sluys, both injured in the previous round, and Lachlan Thorp and Beau Duggan-Hulands having long-term injuries.
Moama hit the front early and kept the reigning premiers goal-less in the first term to head into quarter time with a 21-point lead.
Jake Hare was responsible for two Moama goals but went down early in the second quarter with a foot injury which took away a lot of the Mowers’ drive up forward and through the middle of the ground.
Nathalia found its way into the game kicking 6.2 in the second term to Moama’s 2.1 to seize the lead for the first time. Jack Hughes played his first senior game for the year and suffered a groin injury just before half time with the Mowers trailing 35-40.
The injuries continued at the start of the third quarter with Michael Sage hurting his leg.
Coach Mark Lloyd said it would have been good to get in front and put more scoreboard pressure on Nathalia.
‘‘Nathalia are a strong outfit and move the ball really well on the bigger ground,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘Personnel wise we looked a little restricted down back, especially with Luke Dunham out, and they had some dangerous forwards who got a hold of the game at different points in time.
‘‘We’ll be looking to close those guys down next we play them; hopefully with a close to full-strength side.’’