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Showed Purple pride

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June 12, 2017

Limb-ering up: Nathalia star Jason Limbrick slices through the pack on Saturday

Nathalia's Ryan Butler was awarded a free kick for this impressive tackle on Tyrone Downie.

Nathalia cast aside yet another Murray Football League challenger on Saturday.

The Purples remain undefeated this season after snaring victory in a see-sawing contest against Barooga.

Nathalia flew out of the blocks, leading by 21 points at the first change, but the Hawks hit straight back to kick five goals to one in the second stanza and take the advantage.

From there Craig Whyte’s men began to reel in their opponents, eventually running over the top of Barooga by 17 points.

‘‘It was a great, physical and tough game of footy,’’ Whyte said.

‘‘We were quite pleased with our output, the game was won over four quarters and we provided a consistent effort.’’

With success the norm at Nathalia Recreation Reserve, the Purples players could have been forgiven for easing the foot off of the pedal in the bruising affair.

That they did not and instead fought back from as much as three goals down in the third term, showing a lot about Whyte’s playing group.

‘‘The fightback showed a reasonable amount of heart and belief, which we really pride ourselves on,’’ Whyte said.

‘‘It was a very pleasing win.’’

Backman Ryan Butler went down hurt early in the contest for the home side, but Whyte thought the middle of the ground was where the battle was fought and won.

‘‘Hopefully it’s nothing serious,’’ he said.

‘‘I thought the ruck duel was critical, Jason Limbrick was really, really good around the ground up against Brodie A’Vard.

‘‘Definitely as the game wore on as well our fitness levels started to shine.’’

Brodie Ross (four goals) and Hawk Spiro Vourgaslis (three) provided strong targets for their respective sides, while Limbrick and Callum Leighton-Daly (Barooga) were named the best players on the field.

The victory means Nathalia is in the box seat for the minor premiership after nine rounds, while the Hawks have lost to the top two teams (Nathalia and Numurkah) after leading late in both games.

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