Reign­ing premier on a power trip to next flag

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By An­drew John­ston

ON FORM, Moama would be de­lighted its only con­nec­tion to Rum­balara this week is its play­ing on the lat­ter’s court.

Rumba, the one team which seemed like it would be able to chal­lenge the Mag­pies, will be spend­ing this week watch­ing on in­stead of play­ing off for a grand fi­nal berth.

And sud­denly, it seems like noth­ing will be stand­ing in the way of a Moama preliminary fi­nal win and most likely a premier­ship next week as well.

The Mow­ers could all but lock in that post premier­ship party now, as they in­stead take on Ba­rooga this week­end in MNL ac­tion.

These two teams have met each other on just the one oc­ca­sion in the 2018 sea­son.

And, as is so of­ten the pat­tern with these Mag­pies, it wasn’t even close.

A 29-goal smash­ing was the re­sult on the day as Moama re­claimed top spot.

What is scary for the com­pe­ti­tion is that not only are the Mag­pies a bet­ter side this sea­son than they were in 2017, but their sec­ond half of the year has been in­cred­i­ble.

Re­cently, 30-goal mar­gins have been a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence.

The team looks to be quicker and fit­ter than ever, and move the ball so well.

It’s al­most un­fair at this point of the sea­son.

Add on a week’s rest and that makes Moama even scarier.

Ba­rooga has had a great fi­nals se­ries.

Get­ting to this stage of the sea­son the hard way is some­thing the Hawks can be in­cred­i­bly proud of.

But the run is go­ing to end here.

Moama will win, it will do it eas­ily and it will do the same next week.

Pre­dic­tion: Moama by 30 goals.

Photo: Luke He­mer.

ON TOP: Moama’s Ange Slat­tery, pic­tured leap­ing over Nu­murkah’s An­drea Holmes, is part of a pow­er­ful Mag­pie unit surg­ing to­wards an­other MNL A grade netball premier­ship.

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