Moama and Echuca prevail in close contests

By Tyler Maher

The race for the final Murray Football League post-season berth is down to two.

Moama and Echuca United survived strong challenges from their respective opponents on Saturday, but eventually prevailed to secure crucial victories.

It leaves the pair locked together on seven wins and straddling the line between an early finish to the season and playing football in September.

The Magpies led at every change against Shepparton East in a 13.11 (89) to 9.15 (69) win, but had to withstand a strong, but ultimately inaccurate, onslaught from the Eagles in the final term where they booted 2.8 to 1.1.

Angus Grigg (four goals), Jordan Ives and Ash Dewinne led the way for Moama, while Matt Rendina (four goals), Jamie Spencer and Ryan Pfeiffer stood tall for the Eagles.

Meanwhile, Echuca United just held on against Congupna, 15.5 (95) to 14.8 (92).

The Road did not let their finals chances slip away quietly, keeping up with the Eagles for the entire contest, but falling at the final hurdle.

Peter Quanchi, Rob Kirby and Paul Kirby kicked three goals apiece for the Eagles, while Jack Egan (five), Daniel Schaper (four) and Sam Ferguson (three) kept Congupna in the match.

●Rumbalara has stormed into third spot on the table with a 21.12 (138) to 8.8 (56) win against Deniliquin.

Rumba boosted its percentage with an eight-goal final term and looks most likely out of the four teams vying for third and fourth to snare a double chance.

Jamie Atkinson (seven goals) and Vaasili Tuifao (six) snared 13 goals between them, with Nathan Terlich and Clayton McCartney also influential.

For the Rams, Ash Morris, Sid Pearn and Ben Irwin battled hard.

●Katandra celebrated Nathan White’s 200th senior game in style with an 8.15 (63) to 3.12 (30) win against Tongala.

The Kats straightened up in front of goal after kicking six behinds in the first term, with Will Jeffery slotting two majors for the day.

Gregor Teague, Russell Eden and Ryleigh Shannon were also great for the Kats, while Jordan Souter, Michael Pryde and Luke Woolan held their heads high for the Blues.

●Cobram needed a huge final term to put Tungamah away on Saturday.

The Tigers kicked nine goals to four in the last stanza to secure an important 15.4 (94) to 8.6 (54) victory against the Bears.

Tyron Baden (four goals), Cadeyn Williams (three) and Darcy McCormack (three) did all the damage for Cobram in attack, while Izac Artavilla and Daniel Clarke’s performances were also crucial.

Duane Haebich booted four goals for Tungamah, with Travis Hayes, Bodhi Butts and Nick Irvine the side’s better contributors.

●Nathalia secured yet another victory on Saturday, defeating Mulwala 13.8 (86) to 7.7 (49).

Liam Evans and Brodie Ross booted three goals apiece for the Purples, while Ned Nihill, Ryan Butler, Tom Nihill and Bowen Smith were also influential in the triumph.

For the Lions, Dylan McNamara, Josh Hammond, Jackson Gash and Beau Clarke worked hard all day.