Moama poised for the charge to finals footy

By Andrew Johnston

THE DREAM remains alive.

Moama is not just a sniff of making the finals — they’re a serious threat.

The Magpies came away from the first Shepparton East road trip in their history with not only a 20-point win against the Eagles, but another four valuable premiership points.

It means the Magpies and cross-town rivals Echuca United remain dead-locked on seven wins in the battle for eighth spot in the Murray League with two games to play.

Moama coach Mark Lloyd said it was an incredibly important win for his football club.

‘‘It keeps the pressure on United and that is really important for us,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve just beaten Congupna in a tough match, they’re feeling the pressure of wanting to play finals as much as we are.’’

Lloyd said his side were doing exactly what he wanted from them on field.

‘‘We played a really exciting brand of football,’’ he said.

‘‘We probably took the foot off the pedal a little bit in the final quarter, but we were able to get the win and that’s what really matters.’’

Lloyd heaped praise on Ash Dewinne for his role in the side.

‘‘He’s holding down centre half-back, which is an incredibly difficult and important position to play, and doing it as a 17-year-old,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s been named in the bests this week, and that’s a great reward for all the work he is doing in that role.

‘‘We are really impressed by what he is doing and how he’s playing that role.’’

While the Magpies will be happy with their seventh win of the year, they don’t have time to dwell on it.

The next obstacle on the road to the finals comes in the form of a familiar foe — Cobram.

Cobram held Moama off in their round 11 meeting, claiming a hard fought 18-point win.

The Magpies will be desperate to reverse this result.

‘‘It’s a huge challenge for us,’’ he said.

‘‘These are sides we have to beat, not only because it keeps us in the hunt to play finals, but because they are the sides that we are going to have to get past if we do get into the finals and want to go deep into them.

‘‘We’ve gone close against Cobram in the past, and we have wins against Rumbalara and Numurkah this season to show that we can beat those kind of teams when we play our best football.’’