Moama trounces Tocumwal to stay in mathematical touch with sixth-placed Deniliquin going into the final round.By Luke McManus
While unlikely, Moama has given itself every chance of a finals berth after it dismantled Tocumwal by 99 points, 20.17 (137) to 5.8 (38) on Saturday.
There is still a small possibility the Magpies can pinch a spot in the final six when it takes on Cobram on the weekend.
Moama will need to beat the fourth-placed Tigers by a hefty margin and then hang its hopes on Tocumwal upsetting Deniliquin Rams.
Taking into account Tocumwal’s winless season so far and the Rams’ 91-point thumping of the Bloods last time the sides met, Magpies coach Simon Maddox will not be holding his breath.
‘‘It would take a miracle,’’ Maddox said.
‘‘We won’t be talking about finals next week that’s for sure.
‘‘We want to get as much out of this season as possible and finish on a good note.
‘‘It starts and ends in Cobram this weekend.’’
Despite the headache of a cross breeze towards the cemetery end at Moama Recreation Reserve, four goals to one in the opening term gave the Magpies full control from the outset.
A lacklustre second quarter, where only three goals were kicked for the term, did not worry the home side as Tocumwal failed to throw any significant punches in return.
Following the half-time break, Moama made use of the wind beautifully.
If the Pies’ five goals to one in the third quarter did not put the game beyond doubt then the nine goals to two in the last quarter certainly did.
Despite the comprehensive win, there were still plenty of concerns for Maddox.
‘‘I’m frustrated we didn’t play the type of footy we wanted to until later in the day,’’ Maddox said.
‘‘We didn’t spread and use the ball as well as we would have liked and it took two or three quarters for us to do that.
‘‘When the game did open up for us, we were able to spread, carry the ball a lot better and our skill execution improved as well.
‘‘The most pleasing aspect was we had five under 17 debutantes, as well as another four already in the side.
‘‘To have a couple of injuries and have that many young blokes playing and still win by 99 points was good to see.’’
Missing its frontline ruckmen in Michael Sage and Paul Nevill, Moama called on Blake Thompson to carry most of the stoppage work.
In just his third game, the smaller-framed Thompson earned the praise of Maddox.
‘‘How far he’s come from the beginning of the year to now play three games of senior footy is a credit to him.
‘‘To ruck all day for us was a superb effort.
‘‘I thought Daniel Thorp really stood up from a physical standpoint.
‘‘Everyone knows his knack of finding the footy, so he was targeted a bit.
‘‘He led the way for the younger guys.’’
In injury news, Moama’s Kyle Phipps (hamstring) and Jake Morgan (foot) will face fitness tests during the week ahead of the Cobram hitout.
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