Cobram has claimed bragging rights over rival Barooga for the first time since round 14, 2013.
The Tigers broke their eight-game losing streak against the Hawks in style on Good Friday, breaking free from a first-half arm wrestle to kick away to victory.
‘‘I was confident in what we could do coming into the game, it was just whether we could put it all together on game day,’’ Cobram coach Josh Noonan said.
‘‘So it was pretty pleasing to get the win, and I suppose it made it all the more sweeter that it was against Barooga.
‘‘That was our first aim for the year, to get a win over them in round one, so we were really rapt.’’
After trailing by four points at the first break at Barooga Recreation Reserve, the visitors forced a deadlock at the main change before taking control of the contest.
‘‘We knew if we could be in the game at half-time, we would give ourselves a chance to run over the top of them,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘In the end they were probably a bit more top-heavy than us, and our run from half-back and through the midfield was great.’’
Sam Gemmill, Adam Decicco and Tyron Baden were crucial for Cobram as it booted seven goals to four in the second half to secure the ascendancy and an eventual 10.13 (73) to 7.10 (52) triumph.
Decicco seems to be fitting into the Cobram sporting scene well after dominating for Cobram Cricket Club during summer.
‘‘I guess the game was played over two halves,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘He (Decicco) took a little bit to adjust to the game, but once it opened up in the second half he really came into his own.’’
Darcy McCormack, Cadeyn Williams and Tom Scott booted two goals apiece for the Tigers in the win.
‘‘It’s a good base, but we don’t really want to rest on our laurels,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘We want to get better and keep playing that top level of footy, which we showed we’re capable of (on Friday).’’
Barooga’s best players were co-coach James Hazelman, Jake Russell, Brodie A’Vard, Callum Leighton-Daly, Ricky Thomson and Jack O’Callaghan, but no Hawk could manage to hit the scoreboard more than once in the defeat.
Those players who did manage to boot a major were Wade Demasi, Leighton-Daly, Russell, Brent Downie, A’Vard, Lucas Olson and Matt Demaio.