Tigers in touch of sweet spot

By Cobram Courier

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 equal-fourth 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.