Purples to clash with young Tigers side

April 14, 2018

Nathalia has continued to improve as a footballing unit.

It is hard to believe, but Nathalia continues to improve as a footballing unit.

The Purples demolished Tongala by 109 points in round one, but proved they were simply warming up, following it with a 137-point drubbing of Moama last weekend.

The Magpies booted the first two goals of the contest, but did not kick another for the day as Nathalia ran rampant.

Purples coach Craig Kellow did not see the clash as being as one-sided as the scoreboard showed, but was still impressed with the efforts of his troops.

‘‘The first quarter was a pretty tough encounter,’’ Kellow said.

‘‘But I suppose after that we played some reasonably good footy and were able to win the ball out of the middle which was pretty crucial.

‘‘I feel our forward line functioned very well on the small ground (Moama Recreation Reserve), which was pleasing.

‘‘We stuck at it and once we were able to get on top things just went our way.’’

Nathalia will be hoping things go its way again today against Cobram, but Kellow is wary of the young Tigers, who are also undefeated.

‘‘We look forward to the challenge of Cobram,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re a young side and I think they’ll play our big ground really well.’’

Liam Evans bobbed up with nine goals against the Magpies last week after Brodie Ross bagged seven in the first match of the season and Kellow hopes the unpredictability of his attack will continue to perplex opposition teams.

‘‘It’s important that guys realise if it’s not their day sometimes you have to sacrifice your game for the benefit of the team,’’ Kellow said.

‘‘Liam actually played most of the first half in the backline and then he kicked about five in a row in the third quarter.’’

Nathalia’s depth is also ominous for the rest of the Murray Football League, with up to seven senior premiership players trotting out for the reserves on Saturday.

A returning favourite in Ash Quinn will run out for the 200th time for Nathalia today, joining his grandfather Kevin Pell and brother Luke Quin as 200-game players and life members of the club.

It will add another level of importance to the contest, which should be of a high-quality standard.

Cadeyn Williams, Tyron Baden, Sam Gemmill and Daniel Clarke will be important to the Tigers’ chances of knocking off the Purples.

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