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Big win for Moama — but it hurt

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June 06, 2017

Jack Russell during the MFNL seniors match between Tongala and Moama. Photo by Luke Hemer.

BAD LUCK has continued to follow Moama Football Club as it was hit with more injuries at the weekend.

Still undermanned and missing two of its key forwards in Jake Hare and Cooper Barber, it easily dispatched Congupna away by 69 points on Saturday in round nine of the Murray Football League

Moama took control of the game early, kicking six majors in the opening term and restricting the Road to just two points.

The Road struggled to match the polish and skill set of the away side though had the makings of good passages of play.

They showed better form in the second quarter to kick 2.2 but Moama continued to get plenty of forward entries kicking 3.5 to set up a 46-point lead at half-time.

Coach Mark Lloyd was pleased to see them play out the game even with limited rotations.

Jack Russell wasn’t long on the park in his first game returning from injury before sustaining potential knee damage in the first few minutes.

Tobias Hore was another casualty just before half-time with an injury to his finger requiring plastic surgery yesterday.

‘‘It would’ve been good to get through unscathed, but it’s just been all bad luck lately,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We wanted a good start and they certainly worked for it.

‘‘It’s good to see them take the game on when it was up for grabs from the start.’’

Moama was outscored in the third, 2.5 to 4.2, but a good burst in the final quarter saw them run out the game by 10 goals, 18.15 (123) to 8.6 (54).

Tyson Mckenzie was a standout for the homeside on three goals.

‘‘Overall I’m happy with the boys performance,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We were clean with our skills and provided our forwards with good opportunities to hit the scoreboard.’’

Rhys Archard and Lachlan Collins kicked 10 goals between them, Ben Welch, James Whitehead and Luke Eldridge each kicking two.

Welch adapted well to the forward line in finding a lot of the footy.

‘‘He’s been working hard and is really leading the way down there with Rhys Archard,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We’ve got a lot of young kids playing well like 16-year-old James Whitehead who’s kicked four goals the last two weeks as a sub and Fraser Verhey who is incredible on the wing or up forward.’’

Archard was given the nod for best on with Welch, Jade Pumpa, Jordan Ives, Jeremy Pain and Eldridge also named amongst the biggest contributors.

‘‘It’s good to see when we’re limited with our rotations we have players who can step up and perform,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘Tyler Jones has been training well and we’re hoping to get him back in the next few weeks which is exciting for the club.

‘‘We’re also hoping to get back Jack McHale, Cooper Barber and Logan Power next week.’’

The percentage boost has created a buffer between them and seventh spot on the ladder and rounded off a clean sweep for the footballers.

The game showed there’s still a long way for some teams to go in order to compete against the top six sides.

‘‘You could see the brand of footy that Congupna was trying to play but they just lacked a few of those better players,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We’ve got a big game coming up this weekend against Cobram to really set us apart from the bottom six.

‘‘We were competitive against Nathalia and had a good result (on Saturday) and we’ll be looking to get another win under our belt.’’

Cobram is breathing down their necks only four points behind and will be the team’s main focus ahead of Numurkah the following round.

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