With five goals on debut, 15-year-old Marrar forward Nathanael Mooney won’t forget his first senior game in a hurry.
The teenage sensation justified his selection in an unbeaten Bombers side, playing a big role in their 24.18 (162) to 2.3 (15) victory at Coleambally on Saturday.
“He presented really well all game and if he didn’t clunk them, his second and third efforts were really good, so he played very well,” acting Marrar coach, Cal Gardner said.
Between them, Mooney and brother Rhys finished with eight goals between them.
Marrar didn’t take any risks on the road, putting the game away by quarter-time with a stunning 9.7 to 0.0 first term.
Coleambally limited the damage in the second quarter but the visitors added 13 goals after halftime, with John Hoey also finishing with five.
Zac Walgers up forward and ruckman Nick Molkentin were Marrar’s standouts while Tyler Cunningham had a role closing down Blues co-coach Tom Groves.
The Bombers finished without a bench as Gardner (hamstring), Jesse Margosis (ankle) and backman Jeremy Graetz (elbow) all picked up injury concerns.
Gardner was pleased with the performance.
“I was pretty happy with it. Our effort and attitude was there right from the start, which is what I asked for,” he said. “I knew it was there from the first ball-up, with the way we attacked it, so that was pleasing.”
The result brought the Blues back down to earth after their upset at The Rock last week. Groves, Dillan McGillivray and Brayden Scarr were their best.