An eight-goal first quarter laid the platform for Coolamon’s 46-point win over Narrandera on Saturday.
Matt McGowan kicked six goals as the Hoppers kept the finals hopes alive with a big win, 17.10 (112) to 9.12 (66) at Kindra Park.
Coolamon could do little wrong early as they opened up a 37-point lead by quarter time. They did not stop there but the Eagles were much more competitive after the first break.
Coolamon coach Connor Neyland was pleased to come away with such a strong victory.
“We started really good but after that Narrandera definitely lifted,” Neyland said.
“It’s probably a game we could have won by a lot more but that’s how those games go. I’ve got to give them credit, they kept having a crack.”
Coolamon went into the game with four 16-year-olds and three 17-year-olds and was happy with what they brought to the table.
“The young boys did their job and that’s all I can ask for,” he said.
“We started really well, everyone was up and about before the game, you could tell, there was a real good feeling.”
McGowan was hard to top as Coolamon’s best with his six-goal haul. Max Hillier was also very impressive on-ball, 16-year-old BJ Glyde kicked four goals and Tom Stubbs was good down back.
Most importantly, Coolamon got through unscathed on the injury front.
Jarred Lane was again Narrandera’s best, continuing his fine season. Cooper Irons and Matt Dillon tried hard throughout the day.
Coolamon will now travel to Griffith next week, hoping for a better effort than their earlier meeting at Kindra Park this year, that resulted in a 104-point defeat.
“We’ve got a bit of momentum this time,” he said.