AN UP and about Echuca United outfit sent Cobram packing with a 10-point victory to celebrate its last home game for season 2017 in the Murray Football League.
The Eagles took their time getting into gear, going goalless in the first quarter and conceding four in blustery conditions at the Echuca South Recreation Reserve.
Coach Guy Campbell urged his team to make the most of the wind heading into the second quarter.
Star forward Farren Priest hit the scoreboard 12 minutes into the second stanza to give his side a slight edge before Cobram tied up the scoreboard going into the main break.
Ruckman James Coppock was a presence in the middle all day, deservedly named best on ground.
“To stay with no change and to compete against three separate rucks is difficult and he did a tremendous job. He finished as strong as he started,” Campbell said.
Jamie Ferguson kicked his way to seventh overall on United’s goal kicking list with his major coming via a free kick on the siren, turning a two-point lead into an eight-point three-quarter-time advantage.
“After his knock early on, he (Ferguson) came back on and had a real influence,” Campbell added.
Star midfielder Lance Oswald made his return from a foot complaint, easing his way into the contest before seemingly finding his groove in the crucial final quarter.
“It’s great to have Lance back because he’s an experienced onballer and also helps straighten up our mids too,” Campbell said.
Defender Jack Hajro continued his good form in the backline while fellow defender Tom McMinn upped the ante in his second game back from an ugly off-the-ball incident.
This pair was well supported in the defensive 50 by Daniel Cavallaro, Marcus Roberts, Hamish Cohen and Clayton Zanella, who also made his long-awaited return from injury.
“The defence worked well, there are always areas of improvement, but together they were strong as usual,” Campbell said.
Priest kicked half his side’s goals to end the day with five, Zac Mihocek the team’s other multiple goalscorer with two.
With his team now sitting pretty in fourth on the ladder, Campbell predicted a difficult end to the home and away season with a clash against top-of-the-table Numurkah.
‘‘It’ll be our toughest challenge yet, they’re in finals form and we’re still building up,’’ he said.
If ladder positions stay the same, Campbell’s men would find themselves facing arch-rival Moama in the first round of Murray league finals action.