The Purps kept up the pressure in the third quarter to enter the final break 23 points in front.
Moama had its opportunities in the fourth quarter and almost hit the front midway through the term, but a missed shot at goal gave the Purps back possession and enabled them to get on top of the game late, conquering 15.10 (100) to 12.7 (79).
Brodie Ross managed to kick six goals for Nathalia and Brett Vallender was the next highest contributor on three.
Moama’s Lachlan Collins, James Whitehead, Rhys Archard and Luke Eldridge each kicked two majors with Jeremy Pain and Fraser Verhey both kicking one, while Joshua Edgar was the most consistent performer to be named best on.
Jade Pumpa was another potential injury in the fourth quarter, but played out the game due to a depleted bench.
‘‘Logan Power came off with a cramp in the last quarter which meant we didn’t have a bench at all,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘We had our backs to the wall in terms of numbers for most of the second half.
‘‘I can’t fault the boys on their performance though. They showed plenty of heart against the top side in the league and stuck to the game plan well. It may have been a loss, but it’s probably the best we’ve played all year.’’
Lloyd hoped to get all the injuries out of the way early and set up a good run in the second half of the season.
‘‘It’s a tough draw for us, but the beauty is we get to play sides like Barooga and Nathalia again,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘We can take a lot out of the games and it’s been good for me seeing how these sides play first hand.
‘‘We’re hoping to get a lot of players back in the coming month but it’s good to know when we come to play we can match it with the best sides.’’
James Whitehead played his first senior game on Saturday and it was the young guns of Verhey, Pain, Noah Wheeler and Cooper Barber who were most impressing the coach this season.
Mitch Eade was again a stand out in the defence, taking on a more commanding role in the absence of other key defenders.
‘‘It’s great seeing them grow as senior footballers,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘They’ll be getting a lot of confidence from this season and have the biggest amount to gain.’’