While Cobram did not deliver an impressive performance on Saturday, the Tigers did all they needed to do to remain in the hunt for finals action.
After dominating the first term to be 26 points up at the initial break, Cobram could only manage 2.6 across the next two stanzas as Congupna worked its way back into the contest.
With The Road drawing to within three points of the home side in the final term, co-coach Josh Noonan was relieved his charges were able to respond well to take a 16-point win.
‘‘A win’s a win, I’m glad only two quarters of football were enough to get the job done,’’ he said.‘‘We w
ere first to the ball and had plenty of clean usage in the first quarter, but after that it dropped off a bit.
‘‘There were moments in the middle of the game where we could have probably put the game away, but credit to them (Congupna), they fought hard.’’
Tyron Baden was again one of Cobram’s better players, along with Dan Fitzpatrick and Shaun Greenway, but it was a new addition to the team who caught the eye of many on his debut.
‘‘Jack Brooks played his first game for us and kicked five goals, he’s only 15 or 16, so that was really good,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘He got himself into the right positions and has been playing quite well in the under-17s, so it’s really pleasing.’’
Jordan Crestani (corked leg) and Josh Carkeek (shoulder) finished the game worse for wear, but with the league bye this week should not miss any games.
Meanwhile, Congupna coach Tyson McKenzie was happy with his side’s improved efforts after losing the first meeting between these two teams by 90 points.
‘‘It was a good battle all day, at no point was either team truly on top,’’ he said.
‘‘Obviously it’s disappointing to lose, but it’s definitely a massive improvement, which is good.’’
Alex Desmond, Daniel Schaper and Joe Dwyer worked well for Congupna across their respective lines, while young talents Jordan Gee, Mason Pedretti and James Boyer also impressed.
McKenzie was also happy with an increase in efficiency from his forward line and hoped his side could continue to perform well after the break.
‘‘Our goal-kicking was definitely better, we didn’t have as many opportunities as previous weeks but when we got them we kicked better,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re hoping to finish the season well, the bye couldn’t have come at a better time, we’ve got a few sore boys.’’