Cobram remains poised on the ladder just outside the top six and in the hunt for finals action after securing a win against Congupna in the Murray Football League on Saturday.
After dominating the first term to be 26 points up at the initial break, Cobram could only manage 2.6 across the next two stanzas as Congupna worked its way back into the contest.
With The Road drawing to within three points of the home side in the final term, co-coach Josh Noonan was relieved his charges were able to respond well to take a 16-point win.
‘‘A win’s a win, I’m glad only two quarters of football were enough to get the job done,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘We were first to the ball and had plenty of clean usage in the first quarter, but after that it dropped off a bit.
‘‘There were moments in the middle of the game where we could have probably put the game away, but credit to them (Congupna), they fought hard.’’
Tyron Baden was again one of Cobram’s better players, along with Dan Fitzpatrick and Shaun Greenway, but it was a new addition to the team who caught the eye of many on his debut.
‘‘Jack Brooks played his first game for us and kicked five goals, he’s only 15 or 16, so that was really good,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘He got himself into the right positions and has been playing quite well in the under-17s, so it’s really pleasing.’’
Jordan Crestani (corked leg) and Josh Carkeek (shoulder) finished the game worse for wear, but with the league bye this week should not miss any games.
Barooga was not so successful travelling to face Mulwala on Saturday, with the Lions pouncing on the Hawks after they gave up a five-goal lead after the first quarter break.
With defenders hampering the efforts of Barooga ruck Brodie A’vard, many clearances went the way of Mulwala, who kicked eight goals in the second quarter to secure a 20-point lead at the main break.
It was a lead the Lions continued to extend, containing the Barooga forwards to just one goal in the final term and kicking five of their own.
For Barooga, Spiro Vourgaslis led the way in attack with four goals, while co-coaches James Hazelman and Tyrone Downie were among their side’s better performers.
Jake Russell, Ricky Thompson and Downie also booted two majors each.
Downie assessed Mulwala’s resurgence, where the Lions booted eight goals to one in the second term, as simply a change in momentum.
‘‘After quarter-time Mulwala just played better footy than us,’’ he said.
‘‘A few little things happened early in the second that changed the momentum and we weren’t able to wrestle it back after that.’’
Jake Russell impressed in his return to the side with two goals, while Jack O’Callaghan did a good job on Froud, despite conceding four majors.
Mulwala has leap-frogged Barooga on the ladder to move into third position, with the Hawks also hanging out for a week off.
‘‘I think as most clubs are, we’re looking forward to the bye,’’ Downie said.
‘‘It will definitely give us the opportunity to freshen a couple of guys up.’’
—with Tyler Maher