MFL | Gallery | Cobram wins top-two clash, Barooga falls

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On the move: Cobram’s Lewis Kennedy looks for a passing option. Photo by DANIEL WEBB

Cobram continued its scintillating Murray Football League form on Saturday afternoon, picking up another convincing win.

Breaking free: Mulwala's Bradley Wilson attempts to shrug off a tackle. Photo by DANIEL WEBB

The Tigers, who remain undefeated after 11 games, inflicted a 15.8 (98) to 3.9 (27) defeat to Mulwala at Scott Oval, with the home side simply too strong across the park.

Kicking boots: Cobram's Tyron Baden prepares to strike the ball. Photo by DANIEL WEBB

In the first quarter things were even, on the scoreboard and the field, with an arm wrestle taking place between the two sides.

While Cobram took a 2.1 (13) to 1.3 (9) lead into the quarter-time break, the game was well and truly in the balance.

Defensive duties: Mulwala’s Jack Sutherland under pressure from Cobram’s Brodey Rudd. Photo by DANIEL WEBB

Yet, in the second term the young Tigers kicked clear, with the running and pace of the home side having it kick out to a 30-point lead at half-time.

In the third it was more one-way traffic, with Mulwala unable to get any real service into the forward 50 and as the last quarter rolled around Cobram cruised to a 61-point win.

Speaking post game, Cobram coach John Brunskill said his side played well, with both sides having a number of outs.

Milestone: Saturday’s game marked Mulwala’s Dylan McNamara's 100th senior appearance for the Lions. Photo by DANIEL WEBB

“Our work-rate for each other, that’s what helps us, the boys are prepared to work for each other,” Brunskill said.

“We’re playing pretty good footy at the moment and we’ve just got to be able to keep it up and go from there.”

Getting set: Cobram’s Ben Ryan lines up for one of his three goals. Photo by DANIEL WEBB

Similar to recent weeks, Brunskill said it was hard to pick any best players.

He made note of Izac Artavilla, Adam De Cicco and Kyle Coates, while Brodey Rudd managed to keep Mulwala goal-kicking machine Jack Sutherland to zero majors for the game.

Golden hour: Cobram’s Tim Garlick kicks the ball under the afternoon sun. Photo by DANIEL WEBB

“We just had blokes that played all over the ground that did their job,” Brunskill said.

Lions coach Rohan Davies said while the result was not what his side was after, he was not “overly concerned” about the win-loss.

De Cicco mode: Cobram’s Adam De Cicco kicked four goals on the day. Photo by DANIEL WEBB

“We’ve done the work and banked 10 wins, we wanted to get a look at them (Cobram) and if they were to beat us see how they did it,” Davies said.

“They were pretty comprehensive, we couldn’t run with them, a few comments from our guys said it felt like there was 30 of them out there.”

Over in Tongala it was a difficult day out for Barooga, with the Hawks falling to the Blues by 104 points.

The 19.19 (133) to 4.5 (29) result was a disappointing loss for the visiting side, however with Jackson Trengove departing and Tongala looking to rejoin the winners list it was always going to be a difficult task.

Riley Gow was named best on for Barooga, while Kris Bextream and Cameron Johnston also performed well.

Next week Barooga will play host to Rumbalara at the Barooga Recreation Reserve in a very winnable game, while Cobram will face an away trip to Finley, both games are on Saturday at 2pm.