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ML | Mixed outlook for Cobram, Barooga as finals draw closer

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On top: Cobram and Tyron Baden are well and truly in the premiership conversation this season. Photo: Daniel Webb Photo by DANIEL WEBB

As the Murray Football Netball League finals draw ever closer the outlook for Cobram and Barooga’s senior sides could not be more different.

On the football side of things, the all-conquering Cobram is in the hunt for the premiership, while Barooga will be hoping its disappointing campaign can end on a high.

It is a similar equation in the A-grade netball, with neither Barooga or Cobram in the hunt for the title and both looking to build for next season.

With this in mind the Courier thought now was the perfect time to take a brief look at the run home.

Cobram

Football — First (12,0)

Netball — 11th (2,10)

The run home — Nathalia, Moama, Echuca United, Numurkah, Tongala, Deniliquin

Summary:

With the regular season drawing to closer to a conclusion the outlook could not be more different for Cobram’s football and netball sides.

On the football field, John Brunskill’s men remain undefeated and would be favourites for the premiership.

Re-building: Leah Nish and Cobram’s A-grade side has shown plenty of promise this year. Photo: Daniel Webb Photo by DANIEL WEBB

A young side filled with local talent playing an entertaining brand of football, the Tigers will face the tricky tests of Nathalia, Moama, Tongala and Deniliquin at home. However, with an eight-point buffer on top, first place is theirs to lose.

On the netball side of things it has been a rebuilding year for Fran Redman’s squad.

Redman explained in pre-season that the side was in a transition phase and that is what we have seen so far this season.

The run home will offer the Tigers a chance to finish strong, with winnable games against Echuca United and Numurkah coming up.

New beginnings: With Tony Tranter now at the helm, Barooga and star player Riley Gow will be looking towards next year. Photo: Megan Fisher Photo by Megan Fisher

Barooga

Football — Ninth (3,9)

Netball — 12th (3,9)

The run home — Numurkah, Finley, Mulwala, Deniliquin, Congupna, Echuca United

Summary:

It has been a difficult year for Barooga in both the football and netball competitions.

Football wise, the Hawks have shown signs of promise, however with former AFL star and Hawks coach Jackson Trengove departing the club, the re-build for next season has begun.

Positive finish: Barooga and midcourt option Claire Hibbert will be hoping for a strong end to the season. Photo: Megan Fisher Photo by Megan Fisher

The Hawks should finish the season strong, with a number of games against teams around them on the ladder.

In the netball Barooga faces a similar task, with some competitive games sure to end the season on a high.