Hoppers take down reigning premiers

PHYSICAL BATTLE: Jaimon McGeehan and Ben Bell compete for the football. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

MOYHU has kept alive its top four chances, leading from start to finish against reigning premier North Wangaratta on Saturday.

The Hoppers had a brilliant first half, outscoring the Hawks eight goals to four to take a decisive 26-point lead into the long break.

Coming into the game sitting eighth on the ladder, Moyhu coach Joel Fisher said it was a game the Hoppers simply had to win.

“Things are so close at the moment, with only two and a half games between first and eighth,” Fisher said.

“So you just have to win these games, especially against the sides above you.”

The Hoppers have been terribly inconsistent this season, beating Whorouly and Tarrawingee comfortably but getting belted by Glenrowan, Milawa and King Valley, and Fisher put it down to the mental side of the game.

“It’s just mindset,” he said.

“There have been games where we just haven’t been switched on, so that’s something we’ve tried to work on at training.

“The feeling before the game was good this week, but it’s felt like that before and we haven’t continued with it, so it was good to see us go on with it this time and really play out all four quarters.”

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