MFL

Moama chasing second Murray League premiership

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April 07, 2017

FAST FACTS

COACH: MARK LLOYD 

MFL PREMIERSHIPS: 2010 

2016 FINISH: THIRD (16–5) 

2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: JADE PUMPA 

2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: TYLER JONES (73) 

GROUND: MOAMA RECREATION RESERVE 

NICKNAME: MAGPIES 

Moama has endured its fair share of bad luck with injuries in past seasons. But with a new coach at the helm, hopefully this season things will swing in favour of the Magpies. 

Simon Maddox stepped down from the role after last season, but not before he saw the senior side through to the preliminary finals that year. 

Mark Lloyd has come on board from the Central Murray league, playing for Kerang, to hopefully bring about the club’s second Murray league premiership flag following its first in 2010. 

However, the club has failed to attract any big name recruits. Jordan Ives will be a handy addition to the side having played for Echuca in the Goulburn Valley league. 

Ives spent the off-season playing up in Darwin for the Waratahs in the Northern Territory league and will bring the experience he has gained to the field. 

Jake Hare has followed Lloyd from the Central Murray league, playing for Koondrook-Barham, and despite being overseas for the bulk of the pre-season he is sure to bring some reprieve to the forward line, which will be missing key goal-scorer Tyler Jones for the first part of the season. 

It was the club’s determination and capacity to win despite the odds that enticed Lloyd to the coaching role at Moama. 

“They made the grand final two years ago and preliminary final this year with a lot of senior guys going down with injury,” Lloyd said when he was first appointed. 

“To still make preliminary finals shows a lot of fight and spirit, which are two key ingredients in winning a premiership.” 

He hoped to follow the precedent set by the former coach in keeping a consistent strategy across all three teams.

IN: Jake Hare (Koondrook-Barham), Jordan Ives (Echuca), Lachlan Thorp (Northcote Park), Zac Cockayne (Echuca), Lochie Phillips (Kyabram), Dylan Russell (Echuca). 

OUT: Regan Williams (Cohuna), Adrian Dohnt (retired). 

GAME CHANGER: Rhys Archard Rhys Archard will be a powerful addition this year. The versatile midfielder has signed on for another season with the Magpies, despite talks of retirement after ending last year with a broken jaw. He won the 2015 O’Dwyer Medal and was instrumental in last year’s lead-up to finals before getting injured.


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