Barooga is back on league winner’s list

May 11, 2017

Cobram's Sean Greenway breaks away with the ball.

Barooga continued its dominance in the Murray Football League on Saturday, easily accounting for Rumbalara by 94 points, bouncing back strongly from a disappointing two-point loss to Numurkah last week.

The Hawks are sitting second on the ladder, well clear of third-placed Numurkah thanks to their percentage of 340.38.

Co-coach James Hazelman posted a strong performance for the Hawks, named best on ground.

Star forwards Matt Demaio booted a total of nine majors and Will Gorman kicked six to seal Barooga’s victory at the final siren, 22.13(145) to Rumba’s 7.9(51).

Tyrone Downie, Riley Gow and Jake Russell also chipped in with two each.

Barooga kicked six majors in the first quarter and five in the second to take a 47-point lead into the main break.

Rumba held the Hawks to just three goals in the third term, before the Hawks ran away with the lead, kicking eight in the final quarter.

Shaun Robbins, Matt Demaio, Jack O’Callaghan, Tim Brooks and Brodie A’Vard also put in strong performances to be named among the best.

●Cobram struggled in its match-up against a rampaging Nathalia, which is sitting on the top of the ladder.

The Purples kept the Tigers scoreless in the final quarter and kicked 31 goals in total to run out emphatic winners, 31.14(200) to 6.2(38).

In best on ground performances, Tyron Baden, Sam Gemmill, Scott Spencer, Shaun Greenway, Alexander King and Ben Ryan fought hard to keep the Tigers in the match.

Baden booted half of the Tigers’ six-goal total.

Nathalia booted eight majors in the third quarter, before running away with the scoreline with another nine in the final term.

●Next round: Cobram players will be looking to put the loss behind them as they come up against fourth-placed Echuca United at home on May 20 after the interleague bye this weekend and Barooga will be looking to continue its dominance against fifth-placed Moama in Moama.

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