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Congupna climbing Murray Football League ladder

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June 04, 2018

Dusty Daniels: Moama's Alex Daniels attempts to fend off Congupna's Hayden Durston.

In love with the Schaper of you: Congupna's Daniel Schaper snares Moama's Jordan Ives.

Ritchie rich: Moama's Liam Ritchie gets his handball off.

Congupna has taken the next step in its quest to climb the Murray Football League ladder.

The Road secured their first major scalp in a number of years after convincingly defeating perennial premiership contender Moama on Saturday.

Congupna coach David Gee — who has been involved at the club for more than a decade — pegged the win as the first time he can recall the seniors coming home from Moama with all four points.

‘‘The focus was to play four quarters of football, which we haven’t done all year, and we definitely put it all together,’’ Gee said.

‘‘I don’t remember being involved in a winning side at Moama and I’ve been at the club for about 15 years.’’

The Road did not use a strong breeze to their advantage in the first term — heading into the initial break three points down — meaning they had to work twice as hard in the second quarter to remain in the contest.

‘‘We knew to stay in the game we needed to be even or in front at half-time,’’ Gee said. ‘‘We had to stick to our game plan and take it on, and we did.’’

Congupna managed four goals to one for the stanza before ramming home its advantage with six goals to three in the third term to set up the stirring victory.

‘‘I don’t want to be honourable losers every week,’’ Gee said. ‘‘The important thing for us was to be able to take a big scalp like Moama, who have been a yardstick for years and are still a great side.

‘‘So I was very, very happy. It’s good reward for a fair bit of hard work over the pre-season and it’s good to beat someone above or even with us on the ladder.’’

Sam Ferguson (four goals), BJ Squire and Josh Chapman stood out for the away side among a host of solid performances.

‘‘We had a lot of even contributors and our bottom five were really consistent all day too, which helps,’’ Gee said.

‘‘It was the best we’ve moved the ball all year as well, but our second, third and fourth efforts were great all day too and we probably had up near 100 tackles.’’

The message Gee wants to get across to his group is to remain above this newly set benchmark.

‘‘We need to make sure that this isn’t a one-off win,’’ Gee said.

‘‘It’s a really exciting time to be around the club, for the first time in a long time the seconds are knocking on the door and the thirds are doing really well.

‘‘We have to keep it going from here.’’

Rhys Archard and Angus Grigg each snared three majors for the Magpies, while Paul Van Der Sluys, Will Jackson and Callum Doyle worked hard all day.

Moama’s record has slipped to 3-5, while Congupna has reached parity (4-4) and is only outside the eight on percentage.

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