Moama turns important corner

By Andrew Johnston

MOAMA needed to respond.

After strong recruiting to a finals quality side, a lot of people thought they would be better this year.

So when the club went into the bye in round five with just the one win, there was a lot of confusion.

And a lot of answers needed.

The Magpies needed to come out of the week off with a win.

And that’s exactly what they did.

The result against Katandra was about as conclusive as it could be with the Pies handing out a 10-goal thrashing that will begin to bring some belief back.

Tyler Jones was best on ground with five, while Angus Grigg kicked three of his own.

What changed was Moama’s ability to be consistent across an entire four quarter performance.

Even in their opening round win against Echuca United there were lapses throughout the match.

It was a different team that came out for this game against Katandra. From the opening bounce the Magpies looked switched on, were able to move the ball well and, most critically, score.

The club has plenty of talented goal kickers, but has only been able to crack the 10-goal mark once in their first four games.

The ability to kick goals this week showed their plans were starting to work. And the successful execution of the game plan was a major confidence boost for the club.

Coach Mark Lloyd said the win was great for everyone.

‘‘It’s obviously fantastic for the group to be able to get that winning feeling back,’’ he said.

While the discussion outside had the side under achieving, the feeling inside the club was the priority for the club to fix.

‘‘We had a few guys who were feeling really down on themselves at this point.

‘‘It’s hard to keep everyone up when you are losing,’’ he said.

‘‘But we knew if we could find ourselves back on the winners list that would change.’’

Now Moama have to build on it.

The next game sees the Magpies hosting Rumbalara, showing strong form on 4-2 for the year.

It won’t be an easy win, but a victory would see the Pies on the verge of the eight.

For many, finishing any lower would be a failure.