Cobram defies challenge
For two quarters everything was going perfectly to script for Cobram in its MFL match against Katandra.
But then, seemingly out of nowhere, the game’s complexion was drastically altered.
From a position of dominance to a position of vulnerability, Cobram was forced to answer the challenge thrown down by Katandra after a third term blitz that saw the MFL new boys kick five goals to Cobram’s one to take full advantage of the strong breeze.
With just 15 points separating the two teams at the final change, the last quarter had the potential to be a tense affair, but Cobram ultimately showed its class.
Thankfully for the Tigers’ faithful there was to be no repeat of the Tungamah performance from the previous round. Instead Cobram dug deep to win by 40 points in challenging conditions.
This might have been a match Cobram would have lost in years gone by, but this youthful Tigers outfit has shown it is made of the right stuff.
In a promising sign for the future, Cobram blooded two more young guns with Harry Beasley and Izac Artavilla both coming into the line-up to join Luca Allan, who made his debut against Tungamah.
Cobram coach Josh Noonan said his side’s performance fluctuated throughout the match, which could be partly put down to the howling wind and partly due to mindset.
‘‘In patches we played really well and in patches we didn’t really play football at all,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘I am really glad we got the win, but there are still a few things we need to work on.
‘‘Being a very young team like we were on the weekend, it is a learning curve for the players in trying to get the game on our terms instead of playing into the hands of the opposition.’’
Eyes on the prize: Tiger Sam Beasley hunts the footy. Pictures: Leonie Bourke
Pressure coming: Cobram’s Sam Gemmill prepares to kick.
Pacy: Darcy Lane kicks while Izac Artavilla lets him know he is in the clear.
Young cub: Cobram first-gamer Harry Beasley dives in to try to win the footy against Katandra.