Moama's under 14 football side won its third straight Murray Football League premiership on Saturday, defeating Cobram.By Geordie Cowan
Moama’s terrific run in the under 14s football competition continued on Saturday with a third successive premiership.
The Magpies overcame a mid-game fightback from Cobram to ultimately run away with the game to win 12.5
‘‘To win three in a row is pretty amazing stuff really,’’ coach Greg Elliott said.
The coach, who will step down from the position for next year, said the key to the team’s success was the work ethic of the players.
‘‘I think the boys work hard,’’ he said.
‘‘At this age I just try to get them to play a brand of footy which is about the basics.
‘‘The result then usually looks after itself.’’
The prospect of the young Magpies going on to continue their run was also strong, Elliott said.
‘‘The core of our kids are bottom-age,’’ he said.
‘‘Our on-ballers, Todd Murphy, Noah Wheeler — who didn’t play today — they’re all bottom-age.’’
Moama started in superb fashion to kick four goals while keeping the Tigers scoreless during the first term, before Cobram came back with three goals to one in the second quarter.
The Tigers kept coming in the third term with the Magpies defenders taking a few good marks, but the team then broke up the other end and Todd Murphy finished with a vital goal, pushing the score to 45-23 at the final break,
Jeremy Pain kicked the first goal of the last term before a Cobram reply, before putting the game beyond doubt.
The league best and fairest winner and best on ground in the grand final took on two Tigers, outpacing them before slotting his fourth goal.
Murphy also kicked the last two goals of the game to finish with a haul of seven majors.
Elliott also rated the games of Max Ogilvie, Jobee Warde, Parker Phelan, Fraser Verhey and back pocket Dylan Wright.
‘‘But you’ve got to have all of them contribute and they all contributed at some stage,’’ he said.
Captain Darcy Elliott said it was a good way to finish the season.
‘‘We’ve done all this hard work and it’s a bit of a relief now,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone’s worked hard and we stood up when we needed to.’’
Pain agreed the whole team put in a big effort.
‘‘The boys played really well,’’ he said.
‘‘We put in a lot of work at training and that’s why we won.
‘‘Today we just played well, pushed hard and never gave up.’’
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