Road back on level footing

May 14, 2018

Congupna has squared its ledger after six Murray Football League matches, replacing Tongala in eighth spot after holding on for a stirring victory at the weekend.

Congupna has squared its ledger after six Murray Football League matches, replacing Tongala in eighth spot after holding on for a stirring victory at the weekend.

The Road ripped the tight contest apart in the second term by booting 7.7 to Tongala’s solitary major, but nearly kicked themselves out of the game in the final stanza.

The away side managed just six behinds in the last quarter at Tongala Recreation Reserve to give the Blues a sniff of a comeback, but eventually held on for an 11.16 (82) to 9.13 (67) triumph.

Josh Chapman, Jack Threlfall and Pat Jacobson all snared two goals for the visitors, while Corey Nexhip (three goals) was Tongala’s most potent scorer.

●Tungamah was left to rue missed opportunities in a loss to Echuca United on Saturday.

The Bears had nine scoring shots to three in the first term at Tungamah Recreation Reserve, but unlike the Eagles — who slotted the trio of chances — the home side could only manage a score of 4.5 at the first break.

Echuca United certainly made them pay, reeling in the Bears by the third stanza before holding on for a 12.7 (79) to 11.8 (74) success.

Jordan Florance (four goals), James Curnow and Zac Mihocek were the best Eagles throughout the day, while Bodhi Butts, Jarrod O’Shea and Ash Saunders (four goals) battled hard for the Bears.

●Shepparton East could not find the middle of the big sticks on Saturday.

The Eagles held most of the running in the second half of their clash against Barooga, but could not exact full toll on their opponent, kicking 1.11 after the main break.

The Hawks themselves only managed 1.1 in the second half of the 7.9 (51) to 3.15 (33) victory, and would be unhappy that they left the door ajar for the Eagles.

Billy Andrew, Ricky Thomson and Cam Sandral were Barooga’s best on the day, while for the Eagles it was Ryan Pfeiffer, Matt Rendina and Duane Hueston who led the way.

●Cobram’s stellar start to the season has continued with a 13.16 (94) to 8.6 (54) win over Katandra.

The Tigers led at every change throughout the victory, gapping the Kats in the second and final terms with hauls of five and four goals respectively.

Ben Ryan lit up Scott Oval with four majors, while Darcy Lane, Tom Scott and Cadeyn Williams were also among Cobram’s highest contributors.

Corey Hickford (three goals) was again Katandra’s most dangerous forward, with Will Jeffery, Luke Minogue and coach Ramadan Yze also impressive.

●Mulwala had plenty of time to mull over a triple-figure defeat at the hands of Numurkah after drawing the bye last week.

Finley was the unfortunate outfit on the end of the Lions’ collective search for redemption on Saturday, falling to a 4.11 (35) to 13.10 (88) defeat.

Angus McMillan and Beau Clarke snared three goals each for Mulwala, with Brad Wilson, Nathan McNair and Josh Hammond the best players on the ground.

For the Cats, Paul Massingham continued his great start to the year along with Nick Robertson and Zec Cuppens.

●Mercy is certainly not a word which rates highly in Nathalia’s vocabulary.

The Purples were ruthless when hosting winless Deniliquin on Saturday, slamming home 26.7 (163) to the Rams’ 6.6 (42) in a massive victory.

Liam Evans (seven goals), Brodie Ross (six), Michael Croxford (three), Jason Limbrick and Tom Nihill (both two) all booted multiple majors for the home side, with Bowen Smith, Rhys Shannon and Adam Jorgensen also impressive.

For the Rams — who now slip to 0-7 for the season — Adrian Pappin (three goals), Sam Willoughby and Jayden Pitts fought hard all day.

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