TONGALA Football Club went down by 29 points to Congupna on Saturday in a hard-fought clash at Memorial Park.
Both teams have struggled this year and already out of the finals race in the Murray Football League went into the game looking to finish their seasons well.
The Blues got off to strong start, leading by eight points at the initial break, however fell away shortly after and couldn’t get the game back on their terms until late in the fourth quarter.
They had four changes going into the game with Tom Neville and Beau Joyce both coming into the side.
It was anticipated as the first of three possible wins to come for the Blues, having defeated the Road in round five, but instead became their ninth straight loss in another backwards step this season.
They were overrun one goal to five in the second quarter and the lead soon changed to give Congupna a 15-point margin at half-time.
Congupna forward Tyson McKenzie continually found space to get hands on everything and caused havoc for the Blues’ backline, ending the day with nine goals and a best on ground performance.
He continued to pop up and kick goals in the third, the home side scoring 5.2 for the term.
Tongala struggled in moving the ball forward and couldn’t seem to hit its targets in the forward line to score just 2.2.
The margin had more than doubled by three-quarter-time with the Blues trailing by 33 points.
Like in the game against Cobram, Tongala still felt it had the chance to win.
It found more form in the final term and managed to outscore the home side by kicking four straight goals.
But Congupna wasn’t about to give the game away and kicked three goals in rounding out their third win of the year, 14.5 (89) to 9.6 (60).
Corey Nexhip and Layton McCann finished the game with two goals each and were both named in the bests.
The Blues’ youth continued to step up and lead the way, Jack Monigatti (best on ground), Bailey Waasdorp and Jesse Robilliard just three of their younger players to produce brilliant games on Saturday.
They had the bye this week before taking on Finley at Tongala and would be desperate for a victory against the win-less Cats.