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Barooga into the preliminary final

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September 13, 2017

Co-coach James Hazelman said the team was now in a very exciting position.

Barooga seniors surged to a comfortable win in their semi-final against Moama on the weekend.

Moama set out to claim the Numurkah ground as their own but the the Hawks were having none of that and fought back strongly to reassert their superiority, winning 114 to 66.

Co-coach James Hazelman said the team was now in a very exciting position.

‘‘The opportunity awaits us,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘Mentally we were able to find a way on the weekend — although we didn’t start very well,’’ he said.

‘‘They took their chances early and we missed a couple, so at quarter time we shifted things around a bit.’’

Those team changes obviously paid off, with Barooga hammering home a barrage of goals in the second term while the Magpies struggled to score and only managed a single major for the whole term.

‘‘That’s a big strength of ours, being able to shift players around into different positions,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘It was very pleasing to finish the way we did — it was a very good game of football,’’ he said.

‘‘Brodie A’Vard in the ruck has been crucial — he has played so well in these finals and given our boys first use which goes a long way towards winning the game.

‘‘I thought we were pretty dominant with our onballers and Brodie.’’

Hazelman is already contemplating the next game, against Nathalia in the preliminary final.

‘‘I think they are the hardest side to beat,’’ he said.

‘‘We are going to have our work cut out — there’s no doubt about that.

‘‘The group’s full of confidence at the moment but no doubt it’s going to be very tough.’’

Hazelman said the Purples had a few players the Hawks would need to contain in order to control the play.

He said Nathalia had been the best side over the past decade or so and should not be underestimated.

‘‘They’re a really hard club to beat — and a very proud club, too.’’

● The MFL preliminary final will see Barooga and Nathalia go head-on at Scott Recreation Reserve in Cobram from 2.10pm on Saturday.

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