Tigers in touch of sweet spot

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Tyler Ma­her

Co­bram has kept pace with the Mur­ray Foot­ball League’s top ech­e­lon af­ter se­cur­ing an­other cor­ner­stone vic­tory on Satur­day.

The Tigers kept Moama at bay for much of the round 11 con­test, lead­ing at ev­ery change be­fore even­tu­ally run­ning out 18-point win­ners in the cru­cial clash.

It has been an out­stand­ing fort­night for the young Co­bram unit, bounc­ing back from a close loss to Rum­balara with tri­umphs against Mul­wala and the Mag­pies to re­main equal­fourth on the ta­ble.

‘‘I guess we’ve just been build­ing on the work of the past cou­ple of weeks,’’ Co­bram coach Josh Noo­nan said.

‘‘We’re start­ing to bridge that gap be­tween our best and our worst and build­ing that con­sis­tency up, which is good.

‘‘Look­ing ahead, Rumba and Mul­wala play each other next week, so that will be big, but we’ve just got to keep win­ning and stay­ing in touch with those top sides.

‘‘I think we’re good enough to be in that fourth spot, but it will de­pend on our con­sis­tency.’’

It was an­other team ef­fort from the Tigers at Moama Recre­ation Re­serve, but Daniel Clarke and Tom Scott stood out above the rest on a tough day for foot­ball.

‘‘Dan Clarke in the ruck and Tommy Scott in the cen­tre bat­tled hard all day in dewy and slip­pery con­di­tions,’’ Noo­nan said.

‘‘We got off to a great start, but we prob­a­bly went back into our shells in that se­cond quar­ter.

‘‘They (Moama) were one down in the se­cond quar­ter and we had the op­por­tu­nity to take ad­van­tage of it, but we didn’t.

‘‘It was good to run away with it in the end though.’’

Tyler Jones was the Mag­pie who was shown the yel­low card, but his team­mates lifted to win the term by two goals.

From there, though, Co­bram man­aged to kick 7.9 to 5.5 to claim vic­tory, with Ty­ron Baden, Ben Ryan (four goals), Nathan Hart­ley and Nick Dore im­pres­sive through­out.

‘‘It’s just great to see the club as a whole im­prov­ing,’’ Noo­nan said. ‘‘It’s not just the se­niors, but the net­ball is also do­ing well and the ju­niors have al­ways been strong, so it’s good to be around the club at the mo­ment.’’

For Moama, An­gus Grigg (four goals) and Rhys Ar­chard (three) were again standouts. Jor­dan Ives, Jeremy Pain, Tom Campbell and Paul Van Der Sluys also bat­tled hard in the de­feat, which has the Mag­pies still in 10th spot on the ta­ble and a game out­side the eight.

More pho­tos, page 25

Caught on the run: Co­bram’s Ty­ron Baden is tack­led by Mag­pie Ay­den Walton. Pic­ture: Luke He­mer

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