Cohuna Kangas went down in Saturday's Central Murray Football League grand final, losing to Kerang by 15 points.By Geordie Cowan
Cohuna came within three points of upsetting Kerang in the Central Murray Football League grand final at Swan Hill on Saturday.
The Kangas trailed by five goals at the last change before mounting a surging run in the final quarter, before the Blues steadied to kick the last two goals to win 13.11
Coach Shannon Keam said Kerang always had an advantage over his team, but that he felt they were not far from coming out winners.
‘‘I reckon if we had kicked the next one, we would’ve got up,’’ he said.
‘‘There was always a bit of a gap.
‘‘We’d get within a couple of goals and then they would shoot back out to a 30-point lead.’’
Keam said he was proud of the way his team played throughout the decider.
‘‘I was absolutely stoked with the way we fought out the game and played right to the end,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s about earning respect.
‘‘You’ve got to play to the end, win, lose or draw.
‘‘Unfortunately we were at the wrong end of the result at the end of the day, but the team is heading in the right direction.’’
The Moama resident said the club could use this result as a platform to build on for future years.
‘‘I used the analogy from Moama when we lost in ’09 by six points and came back the following year and won the grand final,’’ Keam said.
‘‘It’s not beyond you, you’ve just got to turn around, work harder and live and learn.’’
Josh Bray, Luke Cotchett and Brandon Hayes were the best for the winners, with Cotchett and Luke Livingston kicking three goals each.
Angus Grigg and the returning Brett Collins also booted three majors, while the team was led by Clayton Holmes, Jade Keam, Jake Vandongen, Luke Dunham, Grigg and Christian Bock.
‘‘The support we had (Saturday) night and (yesterday) was phenomenal,’’ Keam said.
‘‘The amount of people around the club is awesome.’’
Keam said he would coach the Kangas for at least another year, but he was not sure who would be staying at the club.
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