The sum of Barooga’s parts proved greater than that of Moama’s stars yesterday to catapult it into a preliminary final showdown with Nathalia.
Despite Tyler Jones (six goals) and Rhys Archard again dominating for the Magpies, not enough help was found in the clutch moments of the match.
Nine Hawks were able to hit the scoreboard, with Tom Wilkinson, Jake Russell and Shaun Robbins (three goals each) the standouts.
Moama led early at the Numurkah Showgrounds before Barooga piled on seven majors to one in the second term to take control of the game.
The Magpies bounced back to draw within nine points at the final change, but another massive stanza from the higher-ranked Hawks sealed a resounding victory.
Russell was clearly the best player on the ground, while Cam Sandral, Jack O’Callaghan and co-coaches James Hazelman and Tyrone Downie were also among the more influential stars.
Ruckman Brodie A’Vard was his usual monstrous self, feeding his Hawks with first use of the ball time and again.
For Moama, Luke Eldridge, Jordan Ives, Logan Power and Jake Hare tried hard to curb the influence of Barooga’s stars, but to no avail.
The Magpies had an injury-plagued start to the season, but had built up a strong head of steam heading into this clash.
Barooga’s momentum — now with eight victories in a row — simply proved too hard to overcome.
The Hawks will take on Nathalia with plenty of confidence, while Numurkah will look on with interest as its possible challengers go head-to-head in what is sure to be a taxing battle.