Mowers knocked off by Rumbalara

By Andrew Johnston

AFTER a draw with Echuca United, most expected Moama to bounce back strongly.

Even against a top side in Rumbalara, the Mowers had those on the outside expecting a master class.

And to half time, they provided exactly that.

Then it all fell apart.

After leading by near 10 goals at the main break, the Mowers were on the wrong end of a 20-goal turnaround, losing the match by 11 goals.

Co-coach Alex Daly, playing her 200th game for Moama, said the club wasn’t impressed with their performance.

‘‘It’s really disappointing,’’ she said.

‘‘To get into the position we were in only to let them back into the match is not what we want as a side.’’

As a result, the reigning premiers find themselves not in top spot on the ladder for what feels like the first time in years, as the charging Rumbalara take over.

Though Moama were in no way surprised by the quality of the opponent.

‘‘We have the utmost respect for what Rumbalara have to offer,’’ she said.

‘‘They’re a fantastic side, they play a really high-quality game and when the match was there for them, they came harder then we did and it got them the win.’’

While Moama have handed back top spot, there is still a lot likely to happen in the remaining rounds of the season.

‘‘I think the draw last week and the loss this week is likely to light a bit of a fire in the belly of this side,’’ she said.

‘‘We still have a few of our starting line-up to come back into the team, and we know we don’t need any more losses for the rest of the season as we approach the finals.

‘‘There is still a lot of work to do for this team, but we will put in the work that is required for the remainder of the season.’’

Moama will immediately get to prove how much they have learned from the past two matches on Saturday, as they take on fifth-placed Cobram in round 11 action.