In most cases, a 43-point win would suggest a comfortable day at the office, but for certain periods it was anything but for Cobram in its MFL clash with a vastly improved Congupna side.
After enjoying the previous week off because of the interleague bye, Tigers’ coach Josh Noonan would have been wary of his side starting slowly. Instead, Cobram came out with all guns blazing to open up a handy five-goal lead at the first change.
That early blitz did not dampen Congupna’s spirit levels as they responded with a fightback of their own to kick four goals with the advantage of a slight breeze.
But Cobram was able to stem the flow by kicking three goals of its own.
In what was a fairly fierce contest for most of the day, Cobram always seemed to have the answers when challenged and its ability to halt the Roaders’ momentum at crucial stages is what ultimately proved the difference in the game.
When Congupna gained the ascendancy at the beginning of the last quarter, a few nerves would have begun building in the Tigers’ coaching box, but Cobram extinguished any hope the Roaders had with a flurry of late goals to add some gloss to a fighting performance.
Up forward Darcy McCormack was in sensational touch for the Tigers, booting seven majors in a vintage small forward’s game, while big name recruit Cadeyn Williams played one of his best games for the season, clunking virtually everything that came his way to provide a great link between the midfield and forward line.
Big-bodied midfielder Tom Scott was tremendous in the clinches and found plenty of the ball as well making numerous tackles, while the two Lane boys, Darcy and Noah, excelled in defence and provided plenty of rebound and bounce.
The only sour note for Cobram was an injury to young gun Alex King, who had only just returned to action after splitting the webbing in his hand a few weeks ago.