Co­bram de­fies chal­lenge

The Cobram Courier - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Tansey

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.

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