Purple still reigns over Murray Football League

April 10, 2018

THEY started the year with a win in the local derby.

Yesterday, it all came crashing back to earth.

Reigning premiers Nathalia thumped Moama by a staggering 137 points as the Purples sang the same old song — catch us if you can.

Moama led at the first change, but were never in the game from that point.

Angus Grigg kicked the first two goals of the game for Moama — taking his season tally to six.

But in the end they would be Moama’s only goals of the day.

Instead, the side could only manage six behinds for the rest of the match while Nathalia kicked 23 goals in the next three quarters — Liam Evans kicked nine of those.

It was a day to forget for the Mowers.

Coach Mark Lloyd said his side was incredibly poor after quarter time.

‘‘It was really disappointing. Embarrassing actually,’’ Lloyd said of the loss.

‘‘We were taught a lesson by a side that is at the peak of their powers right now. They flexed their muscles on us yesterday and after we had a pretty good opening quarter, they really blew us off the park.’’

Lloyd said the Purples’ ability to capitalise on Moama’s mistakes was the big difference — ‘‘We were pretty scratchy throughout a lot of the game, we made a lot of turnovers and Nathalia being the side that they are, they were able to capitalise and punish us for what we were doing.

‘‘They moved the ball really well in those instances and were able to put pressure on through the scoreboard. It’s the kind of football that we all aspire to play and we saw it first hand.’’

Lloyd said the club failed to capitalise on the few opportunities they had.

‘‘We kicked two goals in the first quarter, we probably could have kicked more,’’ he said.

‘‘We didn’t take those opportunities when they were presented to us and when opportunities were drying up later in the day, we really needed to kick those goals.

‘‘When we got inside 50 they were able to roll their players back and hold us up, then their midfield could control and move the footy away from us. We went into our shells and they ran on top of us.’’

Lloyd said the team would need to move on quickly.

‘‘I think a few people would have tossed and turned in bed last night, it’s pretty stressful. We have to put this one behind us and have a mindset that this game was a speed hump that we need to move on from.’’

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