April 17, 2017

Moama players celebrate at the final siren.

Jordan Ives in full flight.

Zack Mihocek drives his team forward.

MOAMA Football Club has started 2017 with two big wins after its 26-point victory over Echuca United at the weekend.

Experience won the day at Moama Recreation Reserve during the Murray Football League’s Good Friday derby clash.

The Mowers have built a solid foundation of players who are continuing to improve under coach Mark Lloyd and it showed on Friday when they managed another win despite missing more than a few opportunities in front of goal.

‘‘We were getting a lot of the footy and some really good forward entries,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We didn’t convert on the scoreboard as much as we would have liked, but to the boys’ credit they kept their heads and didn’t panic.’’

The Eagles started strong to put the first major on the board, but the Mowers soon found their stride at the eight-minute mark with Cooper Barber kicking the first goal for the home-side.

Two goals late in the first quarter opened the game up for Moama who were 3.4 (22) to United’s 1.0 (6) at the break.

Moama then started to play the brand of footy fans had come to expect — working to spread the ball and get the opposition on the outside.

It opened more chances at goal, scoring 5.3 in the second to bring on the four-goal lead at half time.

Goals were then few and far between for the home-side who scored 1.8 in the third and by the end of the fourth finished with just 11 goals from 26 scoring shots.

Barber, not yet 18-years-old, went on to score four majors, with Lachlan Thorpe and Ben Welch both kicking two.

Daniel Thorpe, Luke Eldridge and Fraser Verhey rounded off the scoring team with one each.

‘‘We had 22 contributors out there and no injuries so selections will be hard again next week,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘Ben worked incredibly hard and added a lot of experience and forward-line pressure for his first game back.’’

Daniel Thorp was also dangerous through the mid-field and accumulated a lot of the footy as did Noah Wheeler who brought a lot of polish to the Mowers.

Jake Kilmartin was good off half-back and Jack Russell again showed a lot of class in his second senior game.

The Mowers rotated their forward line well to bring a level of unpredictability on the scoring front which will prove difficult for oppositions in weeks to come.

‘‘I was comfortable with how the game was flowing,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘We’re only just getting going and there’s still a lot we can improve on, but signs have been pleasing.

‘‘We still have three long-term injuries to return in Tyler Jones, Jade Pumpa and Jeremy Pain who will all add a lot when they come back.’’

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