Magpies show they’ve got it, now to deliver four quarters

By Andrew Johnston

IT IS becoming a regular story for the Moama Football Club.

Week after week the effort is there, the developing players are showing flashes of what they will eventually offer, and the Magpies are taking it up to their opposition.

But as has happened every game this season, it has ended the same way, with the Magpies run of losses now extending to 11 games.

Against a Cobram side who on paper were miles ahead of the Magpies, Moama showed a lot of promise, particularly in the first half, including leading the game for much of the first half after kicking six straight to half time.

But eventually the class of the Tigers was too much, with four unanswered last quarter goals blowing the margin out to 40 points at the final siren.

For Moama coach Luke Eldridge, there was again a lot to like about his side.

“I think our first three quarters of play were great,” he said.

“We were 14 points down at the final change against a really high quality team, so there was a lot to like about our performance.

“But we are finding the issue is sticking to our game plan. When we play the game in the way we want to play we can score and we can hold sides from scoring, it’s exactly the way we want to see things go.

“Unfortunately we are still having moments in the match where we go away from the plan. When it happens, opposition sides are able to score pretty well and get away from us. We obviously need to keep working to get it right.”

Jack Harland and Luke Dunham continued their runs of strong form by once again appearing in the bests for the side, while Fraser Buchanan and Corey Farrell both kicked two goals.

The Magpies will this week come up against a side who are a real chance of being their first victory of the season when they host Tungamah.

With the exception of a poor performance against Rumbalara, the Magpies have produced some pretty good football, and if they can continue to do so for an entire match, they will be a real shot at finally breaking through for the victory.