Best Battles | Murray Football League and Picola District League

By Cobram Courier

Round 17, 2017, Barooga Recreation Reserve
Barooga 13.5 (83) d Moama 11.8 (74)

From the opening siren of this clash, the Hawks were too hard to catch.

An opening quarter rampage had Barooga take a 24-point lead in to the opening break and Moama would be behind all day.

Though they had the better of the clash for the remainder, the Magpies were never able to reel in the margin, especially with Lucas Olson kicking truly.

Olson booted five majors, while Thomas Wilkinson also kicked three and, while Moama was able to spread its goals better, no individual stepped up in front of the sticks.

Not even a Rhys Archard masterclass was enough for the Magpies, who made a late charge, but still fell nine points short.

Round eight, 2016, at Nathalia Recreation Reserve
Nathalia 22.10 (142) d Cobram 5.9 (39)

There was hardly any denying premier Nathalia on its way to the throne in 2016 and the Tigers were no exception in this 103-point rollicking.

While the Purples ran riot in the first half, Cobram was restricted to two behinds, but forced some resistance on the home side as the second half ticked by.

Brodie Ross, Jason Limbrick, and Ricky Barnes all looked sharp for Nathalia — but it was Alex Hicks who well and truly stole the show, collecting a lazy haul of five as the Purples made
it eight straight wins.

Round eight, 2019, at Katamatite
Katamatite 19.16 (130) d Yarroweyah 6.5 (41)

There was simply no stopping Tigers forward Brodie McDonald when the two sides faced off last season.

McDonald was in devastating form with seven majors on his way to 68 goals for the season.
Jayson Bigg, Mark Mills and Jedd Wright helped themselves to three each.

The Tigers only led by 24 points at half-time, but had far too much in the second half, booting 12 goals to two to blow the score right out.

For the Hoppers, Andy Jones led the way with three goals.

Semi-final, 2015, at Strathmerton
Tocumwal 19.9 (123) d Picola 14.11 (95)

Tocumwal was far too good for United when the two sides met for the third time in 2015, despite losing the first two outings.

Dylan Flanagan played a big role in ending United’s season with seven goals, while Michael O’Riordan was named among the better players.

Tocumwal also benefited from a wide contribution of goal-kickers with 10 different players hitting the scoreboard.

For Picola, Brad Walker, John Walker and Kodi Hicks all kicked three goals.

“We’ll reload and go around again,” United coach Jon Varcoe said after the match.

Grand final, 2019, at Berrigan
Strathmerton 12.15 (87) d Waaia 7.7 (49)

The Bulldogs would have been confident of beating Waaia in the big dance after they handed the minor premier its only loss earlier in the season.

Strathmerton, which finished the home and away season second on the ladder, led at every break to record an eventually comfortable 38-point win.

Lance Oswald was a star for the Bulldogs finishing the day with three medals — the AFL Victoria Country and Picola District Football League best-on-ground awards and a premiership medallion.

Oswald also kicked three goals with Connor Hargreaves adding two of his own.