Aiming to raise bar
Cobram Roar ended their season knowing they had done everything possible to turn the tide against a far superior Myrtleford.
Minor premier Myrtleford put on a clinic against the eighth-placed Roar, ruthlessly putting away six chances to Cobram’s nil.
English talisman Tom Youngs was man-marked throughout the match, but still managed to bag a brace, while Patrick Sibomana nabbed one, as did Jake Miles, Matt Park and defender Angus Kelly.
Cobram’s initial plan was to keep Myrtleford goalless for as long as possible before taking chances at a late stage.
But at 2-0 down after 10 minutes, the plan had to be changed.
‘‘We were excited and optimistic after last week but when it mattered they showed their strength and took their chances. We were 3-0 down at half-time and decided to go for it,’’ Cobram coach Bill Puckett said.
‘‘We changed the formation and introduced Shaun Willis and had chances, but it just didn’t go our way. That’s the difference between the teams, they proved they are the best team in the league.’’
With the loss of key players Adam Gatcum and Bill Marshall to other clubs in recent times, it was always going to be a tough ask for Cobram to make an impact in the league this year.
Just making the top eight is an impressive effort for the Roar — and one Puckett is proud of.
‘‘You never want to go out of finals and not in the fashion we did. I can’t fault the boys’ commitment or effort, but we need to put up our hands and say they were the better side on the day,’’ he said.
‘‘As far as I know everyone is staying on for next year. I’m hoping we can go again next year and be a stronger side from this game.’’
From here the side has a long spell on the sidelines awaiting the 2019 preseason.
Puckett said he would be looking to strengthen the side and go one further next time.
‘‘I want to be a top-six side next year, and I want it to be easier for us to go deeper in finals,’’ he said.
Tango: Cobram Roar youngster Tarkyn Hyde tangles with Myrtleford superstar Tom Youngs.
Composed: on the ball. Cobram Roar’s Marius Williams looks calm
Attack: ball. Roar coach Bill Puckett charges forward with the