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September 25, 2017

Give me four: Moama has now won the past four under-17 Murray Football League flags.

Noah Wheeler joined an illustrious club on Saturday.

It is a group of players each defined by just two words — premiership hero.

Wheeler led Moama’s under-17 side to a rare four-peat (the past three of which he has been involved in) with a best-on-ground performance against a previously undefeated Cobram.

It was clear to all in attendance that Wheeler had senior experience (28 games in fact), and Magpies coach Adrian Daly used his superstar expertly, keeping him at the scoring end for almost the entirety of the pulsating clash.

Wheeler booted three goals when his side had the wind in the second term and scuppered numerous Tigers forward forays while at full-back.

But it was in the middle where the rising star was most crucial.

With five minutes remaining in the final term — and his side just one point behind — Daly threw his ace into the coalface to get the job done.

Wheeler delivered in spades, sending a long centre clearance deep into attack where Zak McGregor was gratefully waiting to seal the deal for Moama.

Cobram had earlier taken a 14-point lead in the opening minutes of the second term before Wheeler’s dominance had Moama as much as 11 points in front.

Jack Brooks (two goals) led a Tigers resurgence, with the favourites again getting out to a strong position (11 points in front).

But in the end it was not enough, with the Magpies eventually winning 6.5 (41) to 5.5 (35).

‘‘I couldn’t be any prouder, when the crunch was on we worked hard for each other and played smart footy,’’ Daly said.

‘‘The boys all thoroughly deserve it, they’re a great bunch of young men and their parents and the club should be very proud.’’

Jake Kneebone, Corey Farrell, Ash Dewinne, Fraser Verhey and McGregor all joined Wheeler in Moama’s best, while for the Tigers it was Max Mackay, Alexander King, Lewis Kennedy, James Raco, Brodey Rudd and Ryan Taylor who did all they could for their side.

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