Best Battles - Continuing on through shutdown

By Cobram Courier

Barooga v Rumbalara

Round eight, 2011, at Mercury Dve

Rumbalara 18.15 (123) d Barooga 14.11 (95)

Rumbalara threw the bigger punches in an absolute slugfest with Barooga in 2011, grabbing a hard-earned 28-point triumph.

In an exhilarating display, Rumba had nine goals before the first quarter was over and it proved the backbone of its great win, the Hawks putting the brakes on a bit to keep it to that tally across the next three quarters.

But Barooga could not sufficiently eat into the 44-point quarter-time lead Rumba had built, eventually falling 28 points short after a strong fight.

Corey Wanganeen was a clear best-on-ground with six goals, while his leading teammates included Ben Cox, Des Morgan and Brayden Williams.

For the Hawks, Matt Hyde was best and kicked two goals, while Shaun Robbins kicked three.

Moama v Cobram

Round nine, 2017, at Moama Recreation Reserve

Moama 12.19 (91) d Cobram 10.13 (73)

One of the best players the region showed why he was still a star on this day, as Rhys Archard booted seven goals for the Magpies.

It could have been even bigger for the Magpies, who still kicked 19 behinds, but Archard took control and led his side to victory against the Tigers.

Cobram was able to stay in the game for most of the contest, but wasn’t able to match Moama's form.

Rennie v Katamatite

Semi-final, 2019, at Mathoura

Rennie 10.11 (71) d Katamatite 9.8 (62)

A five-goal lead at three-quarter time would have had Rennie and its supporters confident it was all but guaranteed a place in the final four last season.

But a rampaging Katamatite outfit almost produced one of its greatest comebacks to send the Grasshoppers packing.

In the end, Rennie managed to hang on to a nine-point victory.

‘‘It was a great win, we played a pretty good first three quarters,’’ Hoppers coach Craig Ednie said.

‘‘They came at us in the last quarter and having a bloke sent off didn’t help, but we were able to hang in there and win.

‘‘I think it came down to effort and everyone playing their role.”

Yarroweyah v Picola United

Round 11, 2014, at Picola

Picola United 12.15 (87) d Yarroweyah 11.8 (74)

Picola United and Yarroweyah endured difficult seasons in 2014 winning four games each.

But when the two sides met, both games were thrilling contests.

In the second meeting of the year, star forward Dylan Cunningham was the difference between the two sides.

While at the other end, Chase Saunders booted four.

Best for Picola were David Low, Sean Mortimer and Kodi Hicks.

Saunders was among the best-on-ground for Yarroweyah, helped along by Daniel Clarke, Reece Miller and Kane Hollister.