Barooga have completed a 117-point rout against Cobram in the Murray Football League's cross-river derby.ROB HENSON April 23, 2014 3:23am
Top marks: Barooga's Jake Russell rises for another successful mark, taking seven goals for the match.
The Hawks have defended their Barooga nest with a crushing win over Cobram on Good Friday.
In front of a massive home crowd Barooga piled on the points, leading at every change in a dominant display that boosts it to the top of the Murray Football League ladder.
About $7000 was estimated to have been made on the gate, as a large crowd developed throughout the day for the local derby.
Barooga coach Leigh Ramsdale said, despite the 117-point win, the seniors game was a genuine battle early on, with accuracy costing the home side on the scoreboard.
‘‘We didn’t get the scoreboard pressure in the first half, then we kicked on in the third and last quarter,’’ he said.
‘‘But we’ll take any win at this stage of the year.’’
Cobram posted three majors before half-time, keeping Barooga’s lead to 42 points. But then Barooga found an extra gear, kicking 13 goals to Cobram’s one, throughout the third and fourth stanzas.
Ramsdale said it was good to see more spectators at home games, with many hanging around for post-match celebrations.
‘‘Every club needs that, to have some supporters and crowd around the club.
‘‘It hasn’t been there the last few years, and the last couple of years people have been slowly coming out of the woodwork.
‘‘I suppose people want to see quality players playing quality footy. With the added interest around the club we want as many people to jump on as possible.’’
The coach named Jake Russell, who kicked seven goals on Friday, Matthew Demaio and Riley Brooks, in his first game out of the twos, as star performers.
‘‘They look like they can turn in top Murray league performances and possibly aim even higher.’’
Among the Tigers, Jack Doyle was named best on ground, while Dylan Ryan and Nicholas Hoban were also voted as among Cobram’s best on the day.
Ramsdale said he was pleased the Hawks had completed their pre-season aim to get wins on the board early in the season.
‘‘It looks like quite a tight comp this year. Our goal was to win the first three matches of the season.’’
Barooga heads into round three playing away against Congupna this Saturday.
‘‘I had a look (at Congupna) on Saturday, they’re not too bad, a few talls, good midfielders. We’ll definitely have to be at our best to beat those guys.’’
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