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Bag of 18 real Froud puller

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July 17, 2017

Unstoppable: Mulwala's Ash Froud kicked a remarkable bag of 18 goals on Saturday. The superstar is pictured here tapping the ball to teammate Nathan Parker.

Long ball: Lachlan Baldwin (Congupna) tries to send the ball forward for his side.

Under pressure: Congupna's Sam Brodie feels the heat against Mulwala.

Ash Froud’s aura continues to grow in the Murray Football League.

The Mulwala superstar continued his scintillating form in front of goals this season to haul in a huge bag of 18 majors against Congupna.

Froud, 35, has 87 goals in just 13 matches — which includes eight games of five or more — and is showing no signs of slowing down.

‘‘He really turned it on,’’ Lions coach Michael Tout said.

‘‘For someone who’s 35, he’s still got plenty of toe.

‘‘He might have lost his leap a bit, but he’s still got super pace.’’

With his attacking weapon notoriously wayward in front of goal, Tout was just excited Froud had managed to kick only four behinds for the day.

‘‘He has those days where he kicks 2.8 like against Deniliquin and other days he can really turn it on,’’ he said.

‘‘He only kicked four points and gave a few away as well, so he had a good day.’’

Froud has only been at the Lions since the start of the year, but remarkably has the club’s two best individual goal-kicking feats after initially breaking the record (previously 17 goals) in round seven against Finley with 19 goals.

‘‘After he kicked his eighth I said to our head trainer Peter Boyd, who previously held the record, that he might beat him again,’’ Tout said.

‘‘I was joking a bit, but then it actually happened so it was great for Froudy, not so much for Peter.’’

Congupna tried all it could to shut down Froud’s influence, but with 11 other Lions hitting the scoreboard as well it was always going to be a tough task.

‘‘They obviously tried a couple of things,’’ Tout said.

‘‘But we’ve learnt how to deal with sides dropping blokes in front of him and he’s very hard to match up on one-on-one.’’

The Road were kept scoreless in the first term as Mulwala ran rampant, and only managed four goals for the match.

‘‘We just took off in the first quarter and didn’t really look back,’’ Tout said.

‘‘It was a good game for us to have after a break, you’re never sure how the boys will come out.

‘‘Our percentage isn’t great, so we needed to take advantage of being in that position and we went on with the game well.’’

Joe Dwyer and Daniel Schaper tried hard all day for the home side, while Angus Shand, Tom Dow and Sean Johns impressed for the Lions alongside Froud.

Congupna hosts Echuca United next week, while Mulwala will make the trip to Cobram in an attempt to keep third spot on the ladder.

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