After an excruciatingly slow start, Barooga finally showed its determination to take the points in its game at Rumbalara on Saturday.
Coming back from behind was definitely not the plan and the team had to slip into top gear to regain control of the match after a surprise performance from the home team in the first quarter.
Barooga co-coach James Hazelman went into the match knowing the dangers of a relaxed attitude when facing a lower-ranked side.
‘‘It took us probably a half to shake them off,’’ Hazelman said.
‘‘It was pretty even up until half-time and we didn’t start as well as we would have liked — they kicked the first few goals of the game,’’ he said.
‘‘So to get back to level pegging at quarter-time was quite positive.
‘‘In the second quarter they came at us again, but we stuck to doing what we’ve been doing the last five or six weeks, that have eventually turned games our way.’’
Hazelman admitted the team expected a game that was going to be a lot easier than it turned out to be, with a determined Rumbalara unwilling to lie down.
He reckoned Barooga’s fitness base was superior and that helped the team to move ahead in the second half.
With Rumbalara’s record of just two wins for the season, it was easier for those lads to drop their heads.
‘‘We ran the game out a little bit better,’’ Hazelman said.
‘‘We were confident and we stuck to what we have been doing.’’
Tyrone Downie led the goal scoring with four, followed by Tom Wilkinson with three and Tim Brooks with two.
Young Riley Gow put in a super performance after his earlier outing with the under-17 side, booting two goals for the seniors after his earlier goal feast.
Gow will be a player to watch in the future and he is a great asset for the Hawks.
‘‘Moama is going to be a very tough game — I think they’ve improved a fair bit and we will have to be at our best this weekend to get the win,’’ Hazelman said.
‘‘Playing at home will be a big advantage for us.
‘‘I think the last six or seven weeks we have started to build a bit of momentum, so it’s pretty important we keep carrying that into the finals.’’
●This weekend Cobram will travel to play Echuca United.
- Grahame Whyte