Moama falls short again

By Andrew Johnston

IF YOU were to sum up Moama's season in a word, it would likely be frustrating.

The Magpies remain on two wins for the year in the Murray Football League after Saturday's clash with Barooga, falling by nine points.

Like a lot of their games throughout the season, they were in the contest for the majority of the match, but a poor start and poor kicking were too much to overcome.

The Magpies kicked an astounding 19 behinds in the match, including six in the opening quarter without kicking a goal.

For coach Luke Eldridge, it was simply too much to overcome.

"It was a dark old day for us," he said.

"The difference in the opening quarter is huge. If we take our chances and make the best of our opportunities, we get in front and Barooga spend the day chasing us.

"We weren't able to do that, from very early in the game we were in the position of chasing them and the pressure got the better of us."

The result leaves Moama stuck at the bottom of the ladder with one match remaining for the season, despite showing a lot of positive signs during the year, and against the Hawks.

"What frustrates me most is I believe we had them covered," Eldridge said.

"We see it in a lot of our games, we play really well for most of the contest, but we have periods where we don't play our best football and it hurts us.

"We've come to a point in the season where we know what we're capable of. We know what our best looks like and we believe we can be successful when we play our best football.

"The win against Rumba meant we had the chance to go and get back-to-back victories, but we didn't take the opportunity. It's really disappointing."

The Magpies now turn their attention to the final contest of the season, as they take on fellow cellar dwellers Katandra.

The Kats are one game ahead of the Magpies on the ladder, but hold an inferior percentage, meaning a Moama win would spare them the wooden spoon.

"It's just about making sure we do things right," Eldridge said.

"If we get our preparation right in the lead up, and we start the game off well, we believe we have the class and the quality to get it done."