In Cobram’s big win over Congupna, one man stood above the rest.
Darcy McCormack was a menace in attack for the Tigers and a thorn in the side of the Roaders, helping himself to a big bag of seven goals — his biggest haul in a senior game.
What makes the 22-year-old’s feats all the more impressive is the fact he did not play in the forward line until halfway through last season.
‘‘I asked (coach) Josh Noonan if I could have a crack in the forward line and he eventually decided to throw me forward and I ended up going okay and I’m still playing there now,’’ McCormack said.
With the Tigers struggling in attack last season, McCormack’s positional change helped breathe new life into their potency and he finished with 30 goals in just half a season, a very handy return for a player who could have been wasted at half-back.
If you watch the small forward play, he is danger personified. Every time the ball comes in his area you expect something good to happen and he reads the play quicker than most.
On top of his footy smarts, he has a lethal left foot and is capable of kicking big-time goals, such as the one he produced deep in the last quarter from the boundary line in Cobram’s memorable round one win over Barooga.
While seven is the most he has kicked in a senior game, it is not the most he has ever bagged.
Playing against Tocumwal in the thirds, McCormack went on a rampage to kick 10 goals in the first half.
Sadly, the chance to finish with 20 was destroyed when he tore his quadriceps off the bone on his kicking leg.
McCormack is currently in the second year of his apprenticeship at Avery Cabinets.
He moved to Cobram at age 10 from Carngham-Linton after formerly coming to the Murray River during holiday season.
He had a visit from then-fourths coach Shane Weeks, who invited him to play for the Tigers.
The rest is history and for now his immediate aim is to help the Tigers play finals for the first time in a few seasons.
‘‘It’s easily the best team I’ve played in since I’ve been playing seniors here,’’ McCormack said.
‘‘It’s helped that a lot of the good local kids are back and playing well.’’
With 21 goals already on the board, McCormack is well on track to smash his previous best of 30 in his first full season playing in attack.