Bacchus Marsh did enough to get across the line against local rival Darley on Saturday in the Ballarat Football League.
Neither team went away from the game pleased with their overall performance, but it was the Cobras that came away with the points.
After trailing early on, the Cobras ran away with it in the second half, winning 10.14 (74)-8.3 (51).
Cobras coach Peter Davey said they were happy to come away with the win.
“We didn’t play great football, but we did enough,” he said.
“Our first quarter was terrible and we played away from our game plan.
“We had plans in place for Darley and we weren’t sticking to them either.
“We worked our way back in the second half of the second quarter.
“The third and fourth quarters were really solid.”
Davey said the difference after quarter-time was making sure they stuck to the game plan.
As they had seen in recent weeks, if they were able to do that they were more than likely to come away with the win.
Davey said plans to keep the corridor congested in the Devils forward line had also worked after quarter-time.
Jacob Chisari kicked four goals for the Cobras.
Jake Owen was the Cobras’ best in his best game of the year.
“He drew two defenders a lot of the day and was a great target in the air and then competed on the ground as well,” Davey said.
Davey also paid tribute to Quade Butt, who decided to play, after his father passed away during the week.
For the Devils, Jake Edwards kicked four goals and was named their best. Davey said Edwards was getting goals from really hard positions.
The win is the Cobras third in a row and brings them back to 3-3.
Davey said the difference in the past three rounds has been the development of the group together.
“It’s about getting the new game plan together,” he said.
“It’s a bit of change. The first three weeks there were some teething problems.
“We’re starting to play our brand of football for longer in games.
“There’s still a few gears to go.”
While the rivalry was as fierce as ever between the two sides on the field, they joined forces to raise money for Fight MND.
The clubs had their own Big Freeze, with people from both sides getting involved.
“We raised close to $50,000,” said Davey, who was one of the sliders.
“The whole community was on board which was really nice.
“The sliders reached out to their networks to get donations. Some players donated their match payments to the cause.
“There’s where we are at as a community.”
In other results, Melton ended Redan’s winning start to the season.
The Bloods were too strong in the 15.12 (102)-9.7 (61) win.
Billy Crofts had his best game of the season to be named the Bloods best.
It was a day to forget for Melton South.
Coming off their best performance of the season, the Panthers were smashed by Sebastopol, 17.12 (114)-3.7 (25).
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