Mowers turns tables on Lions

August 01, 2017

Noah Wheeler. Source: Yarrawonga Chronicle

Luke Dunham, strong mark. Source: Yarrawonga Chronicle

HISTORY failed to repeat itself in the Murray Football League on Saturday much to the advantage of Moama Football Club.

The impressive run continued, Moama recording its seventh win in eight rounds after trouncing Mulwala by 11 points at Mulwala’s Lonsdale Reserve.

The Lions bested Moama by 12 points in round four when a poor start hurt its chances for a win.

But the tables were turned on Saturday as the Mowers got off to a flying five-goals to two first quarter.

Coach Mark Lloyd said it was a hotly contested game of footy as expected from two sides inside the top six.

‘‘It was certainly the most pressure we’ve come up against this year,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘The game had a real finals’ feel about it and to get the win away to Mulwala, who were third (on the ladder), coming in was great.

‘‘We can take a lot of confidence out of that and it’s given us a good grounding for finals.’’

The league’s leading goal kicker Ashley Froud was held captive by Moama young gun Logan Power and managed just two goals for the game after averaging six for most of the season.

Power was easily best on ground and playing with high confidence for a 17-year-old.

‘‘He relishes those challenges and has played some big roles for us against some pretty big names this season,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘He kept their forward extremely quiet and it’s great to see him progressing with his footy.’’

Moama chose to kick with the wind in the first quarter and although Mulwala got the early jump with two goals nine inside 50s the control was soon out of its hands.

The Mowers found their feet and used the wind to their advantage to get the next 11 straight forward entries.

They went into the first break 19 points ahead.

‘‘The guys kept their heads in the first quarter and stuck to what we were trying to achieve,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We dropped off in concentration a couple of times and let them back in the game, and when you’re up against a classy outfit like Mulwala any lapse in concentration they’ll make you pay for it on the scoreboard.

‘‘But we had a really good second and fourth quarter and that was the difference in the end.’’

Despite going against the wind, Moama benefited from an even team contribution to score five goals to one in the second.

The home side made up some ground to kick six goals to two and trailed by 10 points at the main break.

It was level pegging on the scoreboard for most of the second half, but Moama fended off numerous challenges to keep its noses in front.

Moama was outscored by two points in the third, 2.1 to 2.3, but capitalised on the fourth quarter to come away with the win, 15.4 (94) to 12.11 (83).

Lachlan Collins and Tyler Jones each kicked three goals and Luke Dunham and Rhys Archard again made it into the bests, kicking two each.

Cooper Barber was another young name to make the better players list, with Moama’s youth proving to be dangerous for the opposition.

‘‘It’s good to know we can enjoy a win like that even though we recognise there’s still parts of our game which need improvement,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘And we’ve still got a few more guys looking to come into senior selections next week which is exciting.’’

Lloyd said the finals’ series was wide open this year with all teams in the top six having beat one another at some point.

And while the top six was already pre-determined, Lloyd hoped to continue to move up in ladder position by the end of the home and away rounds.

‘‘Our sights are set on that final fortnight against Barooga and Nathalia,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll still go into this week’s game having a lot of respect for Deniliquin, which was fairly depleted the first time we played them and have since beaten Mulwala.

‘‘The focus is on Deniliquin and then hopefully keeping our minds on the job over the bye.’’

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