Sport

Hard slog in tough conditions for Magpie teams

By Riverine Herald

Netball

U11s

Moama netballers came up against Cobram in some hard conditions on Saturday.

With rain and cold, the girls came out ready and rearing to go.

The first half we played our game and it was a pretty even game, but Cobram ran away in the second half.

Everyone continued to try their hardest and I couldn’t have asked for more.

Awards: Emily and Miller.

U13B

Good game in the wet conditions.

Emma’s defence and intercepts assisted in creating important turnovers which resulted in goals.

Good work in the goal circle ensured all players contributed to a solid win.

Charlotte was excellent in WA and GS.

Awards: Emma, Charlotte and Liv.

U13A — Moama 33 def. Cobram 2

What a day for netball in the wet weather.

The girls worked with their skills in the weather adapting to bring home a good win 33-2.

Awards: Zayah James, Aisha Shebani and Tayah Accurso.

U15s — Moama 34 def. Cobram 30

After being down at quarter time and half time we drew level in the third break.

Ultimately coming out as winners.

Great defending against some tall goalers and excellent shooting by our girls.

Awards: Georgia McLean and Abbey Champion.

U17s — Moama 50 def. Cobram 18.

Wet conditions meant for a tough game.

The girls triumphed each quarter leading comfortably after each whistle.

Awards: Alannah Gilmore and Liv Vredenburg.

C Reserve — Moama 62 def. Cobram 18

Despite the wet weather and difficult conditions, the girls moved the ball with great passages of play.

Great team work in all areas of the court saw the girls come away with a win.

Awards: Katie Powell, Stacey Hope.

C Grade — Moama 25 lost to Cobram 47

Unfortunately, it wasn’t our week.

The wind and rain proving to make a difficult game more difficult.

We made a solid start but their scoreboard pressure got the best of us in the end.

B Grade — Moama 45 drew Cobram 45

Exciting match this week, we were down at every turn, coming back in the fourth to draw in the dying minutes of the game.

Excellent work across the whole court and some great passages of play saw us make up the difference for the draw.

Football

U12 — Moama Black

A wintry Sunday greeted us for our contest against Runnymede.

A strong wind and some muddy conditions made ball handling difficult but our midfielders kept pumping the ball forward into attacking positions, but a very congested forward 50 greatly restricted our scoring opportunities.

Into the wind in the second quarter we worked the ball well early and were able to capitalise with a couple of goals, but to their credit Runnymede held us at bay and they thwarted many forward thrusts.

The third quarter was similar to the first two quarters where we managed two goals but could have been many more if we held our positions and not blocked our space up forward.

The boys were asked to work hard and be disciplined in the last, and that they were, our best by far with us adding two more goals into a very strong chilly wind.

Still a lot to work on at training.

Goals: Levi Griffiths 3, Sam Noonan 1, Oscar Richards 1, Jobe Shannahan 1, Rhys Drennan 1.

Awards: Henry Dye, Jesse Bringans, Mitch Bell, Tom Naujok, Xavier Mallick, Sam Noonan.

U14s — Moama v Cobram

Today, Cobram came for a visit in trying conditions.

The boys pressure was good early on, but with little impact on the score board.

Ours heads dropped in the second and third quarters.

With Cobram attacking the score board and the footy, our boys buckled under the pressure.

That opened the door for our younger players to stand up. Keep doing the one percenters and let’s show everyone we can bounce back and play the Moama way.

Bring on Nathalia.

Bests: Ben Paterson and Brodie Smolenaars.

Moama v St Augustine’s

It was a cold and damp day in Merrigum on Sunday and the ground was soft.

Moama started off slow with many of the players looking sleepy out on the ground.

St Augustine’s were dominating the play and first to the ball and this showed on the scoreboard.

Moama still had a handful of players showing some spark and when Brodie Marriott kicked a goal in the second Moama still had a chance.

Archie Connors was having the game of his life with many possessions, a few sensational marks and coming out on top of some fierce ground level battles against much bigger opponents.

When Moama lost Matthew Simms late in the second quarter it was a sign that it was not going to be Moama’s day.

It was a day for the smaller players as the wind was playing havoc with the ball in the air and making it difficult to judge.

Baxter Anderson, Ryan Simmons, Arj Whelan, Kingsley Bambling, and Maddick Fleming all working hard at the bottom of the packs to gain control of the ball and move it forward but to no avail.

Our taller players in Jake Cardilini and Matthew Cartwright worked tirelessly in the air and in the packs but it was St Augustine’s winning comfortably in the end.

Bests: Archie Connors, Baxter Anderson, Ryan Simmons, Matthew Cartwright, Brodie Marriott, Jake Cardilini, Arj Whelan, Kingsley Bambling, and Maddick Flemming.