On life support

By Andrew Johnston

THAT ONE is going to hurt.

Moama were always going to be up against it to make the finals this year.

With limited games remaining this season, they needed to take every advantage if they were going to lock down a final position in the highly contested battle for eighth spot.

So Saturday’s seven point loss to Tungamah could prove to be a fatal blow for the Magpies.

And they are well aware of the impact it is going to have.

‘‘It’s a heartbreaker really,’’ Moama coach Mark Lloyd said.

‘‘It really hurts our chances of playing in the finals this season, there is a bit of a log jam on the same number of points as us in trying to sneak into eighth spot on the ladder.

‘‘It’s interesting for the league, but we would have liked to get another win on the board and gotten closer to that chance of making finals.’’

The result came on a strong day for the Magpies on field, with star forward Angus Grigg booting seven goals.

‘‘It was probably the most open that our forward line has been all year,’’ Lloyd said.

‘‘Angus was able to play the way he does and was able to get reward for effort that he probably hasn’t gotten this season so far, so we are really happy with that.

‘‘Our forwards produced really well throughout the game, Tyler Jones was able to kick three, Rhys Archard was able to kick two despite playing most of the game on one leg, so we were happy with the forward line.’’

But the performance across the rest of the ground played a role in the Magpies downfall.

‘‘Angus was our best player, Tyler was second best and after that, well it really was a bit of a lottery for us,’’ Lloyd said. ‘‘Tungamah had a lot of good performers on the day, they played a lot of good football and that really hurt us.’’

Despite the strong performance of Grigg and Jones, the Magpies will be left to rue their 10 missed shots on goal. Moama will likely have to win every game on the stretch home to stay in the hunt for eighth position, which will be no mean feat with matches against Numurkah and Cobram in the mix.