Moama was able to stifle Nathalia’s run and carry on Saturday, providing a blueprint to other Murray Football League teams on how to take down the competition heavyweight.
Rhys Archard, Luke Dunham, Noah Wheeler, Josh Edgar, Cooper Barber and Paul Van Der Sluys led the way for the Magpies in the massively important win at Moama Recreation Reserve.
‘‘Full credit to them, they were certainly the better side on the day,’’ Nathalia coach Craig Kellow said.
‘‘They played that ground really well and certainly didn’t allow us to get going.
‘‘We just weren’t able to get our run and carry going which we rely on a bit, like most sides do.’’
Moama’s ability to play at its home ground magnificently does not bode well for Mulwala, with the elimination final clash between the two next week at the Magpies’ nest.
Lachie Collins, Wheeler and Tyler Jones each kicked three majors in the victory, where the Magpies held off a fast-finishing Nathalia side that found five last-quarter goals.
‘‘We were certainly below our best and she’s pretty tight at the top, so if you’re a bit off, sides will make you pay,’’ Kellow said.
‘‘But another game under the belt of some of our boys was great for our preparation.’’
Brodie Ross kicked four goals, with Liam Evans and Brett Vallender adding two each, while Ricky Barnes, Jason Limbrick, Jarrod Maskell, Matt Davies, Al Corry and Bowen Smith led the fightback.
Ahead of a second semi-final against Numurkah, Kellow’s charges will rest and reflect on what is needed from this point onwards — something the two-time reigning premier knows all too well.
‘‘We had a recovery session and spoke about what we didn’t do well and what we need to do now,’’ he said.
‘‘But it’s one thing to know what we need to do and another to execute it on the day.
‘‘The proof will be in the pudding in a couple of weeks’ time.’’