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Barooga defeats Cobram in Easter rivalry match

murrflWeekly Times |BAROOGA demolished Murray River neighbour ­Cobram by 59 points to conclude the Murray league’s Easter rivalry round yesterday.

Led by co-coach and interleague co-captain Tyrone Downie (six goals), the Hawks won 13.15 (93) to 5.4 (34).

The Tigers booted the first goal of the match, but did not score again until the nine minutes into the second term.

After trailing by 19 points at the main break, they were 50 points behind at the last break after a goalless third term.

The Hawks were thrilled with the performance of ruckman Brodie A’Vard, while Spiro Vourgaslis and Will Gorman kicked two goals apiece.

Downie rated 60 per cent of the game as “really well” but said Barooga was still chasing reigning premier Nathalia.

There was a silver lining for Cobram — this was the closest margin since the Tigers’ last won the derby in 2013.

Barooga won last year’s games by 101 and 100 points and the average in the six games from 2014-16 was 110.5.

Cobram co-coach Josh Noonan said yesterday was a test to see how far his group had come.

“We’ve focused more on getting the locals back to the club,” he said.

“I’m happy with the boys’ effort (yesterday), but there is a lot of lessons to be learned from that effort.”

Barooga captain Jake Russell was reported in the first quarter for carelessly striking Cobram’s Brent Downie, who did not ­return to the field.

● NEWBRIDGE defeated Inglewood by 41 points in Round 3 of the Loddon Valley league.

Sam Kennedy and Jordan Gilboy kicked three goals each in standout performances as the Maroons banked their second win for the season.

Pyramid Hill defeated Marong by 29 points and Bridgewater won the grand final rematch against Mitiamo by two points.

● SOUTH Rovers recovered from a slow start to overrun Timboon Demons in the Warrnambool and District league.

The Rovers trailed by four goals at quarter-time and went into the main break 13 points down, but led at the final change and won 12.10 (82) to 9.13 (67).

Allansford defeated East Warrnambool by 11 points.

● FORMER Geelong champion Corey Enright pulled the boots on again yesterday.

Enright lined up for Barwon Heads in Round 3 of the Bellarine league as the Seagulls ­toppled three-time reigning premier Geelong Amateur by 25 points.

Tim Wight, Jason Kerby and Dylan Holland (three goals) were instrumental in the win.

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