A second-half fightback from Moama was not enough to reel back in Cobram's lead in the Murray Football League match on Saturday.By Luke McManus
Spurred on by the improved health of club member Daniel McIntyre, Cobram romped to a 55-point victory against Moama on Saturday.
McIntyre suffered a near-fatal heart attack at training earlier in the month but, due to the quick thinking of club trainers who were schooled in CPR, the 24-year-old was revived.
Saturday was McIntyre’s first appearance at the club since the incident.
Buoyed by their teammate’s return, the Tigers kept the Magpies goalless for the entire first half on their way to a 15.11
Cobram enjoyed a 50-point lead at the main change, courtesy of eight goals to the Pies’ five behinds.
A fightback by Moama in the third and fourth quarters offered coach Simon Maddox some reprieve, but it was not enough to peg back the sizeable margin as Cobram went goal-for-goal and ran the game out strongly.
A lack of scoreboard pressure in the opening half spelled the end of Moama’s chances, according to Maddox.
‘‘The scoreline was deceiving and didn’t reflect the state of play around the ground,’’ Maddox said.
‘‘We had enough the ball and matched it with Cobram for most of the day, but it was that last link in the chain going forward that let us down.
‘‘Cobram are an offensive side, so they made us pay when we turned it over.
‘‘Our skill level wasn’t where it needed to be and they brought a finals standard of footy which we had no answers for.’’
Jake Kilmartin was the Magpies most lively forward, booting four goals, while David Ismail and Ben Welch proved their worth down back, limiting the Tigers’ potency around goal particularly in the second half.
Daniel Thorp provided plenty of run and carry through the midfield just as Moama started clawing its way back into the game.
In the context of the season, Maddox said his players should be proud of their never-say-die attitude.
‘‘They looked like they were going to run away with it and win by over 100 points,’’ Maddox said.
‘‘To the boys’ credit we were more than competitive in the second half, which was a pleasing note to finish on.
‘‘Without taking anything away from them, I thought we were better in that second half in terms of ball use.
‘‘But again, it was our ability to put it on the scoreboard which lacked.
‘‘We spoke about finishing the season well and I thought we achieved that by the end of the game.’’
Moama’s seniors may be finished, but the job is not done for the many under 17s players, who have helped fill the void in its injury-ridden senior side this season.
Moama’s reserves face an elimination final on the weekend against Numurkah, while its strong under 17s outfit have a well-earned rest before the semi-final against Mulwala on September 7.
In just his seventh game for the season, Paul Nevill starred while Andrew McIntosh and Glen Paterson combined to kick nine goals for the Magpies.
After a tight tussle in the opening term, Moama was able to break away to a 21-point lead at half-time.
A goalless third term made it extremely difficult for Cobram to mount any potential comeback, as the Pies were able to kick away — eight goals to two — in the second half, toward the 6.2
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