Blues play a better tune at Tongala

April 09, 2018

All mine: Tongala's Steven Phillips prepares to take possession of the football.

IF YOU are only as good as your last game, Tongala suddenly got a whole lot better at the weekend.

After being shelled by 109 points by reigning premier Nathalia in the opening round of the Murray Football League, the Blues bounced back on their home ground at the weekend with a 17-point victory over Mulwala.

Coach Jordan Souter said despite the first-game loss he and his players came away with some positives on their side of the ledger.

‘‘I thought our effort throughout the day against Nathalia was good. If we can keep that up, we will be a good side.’’

And his belief certainly paid off and he was ecstatic.

‘‘I’m incredibly happy with how our team performed in that game,’’ Souter said.

‘‘After the Nathalia game I told the boys their effort was fantastic and if they kept that level up we would see results. We kept drumming that message into them on the track all week — effort was our key.

‘‘We produced that effort again for the Mulwala game and it showed that when we produce at our best, we have the ability to be a very good side.

‘‘We really enjoyed the game. It’s something we are really focused on for the season; being able to just enjoy our footy.’’

Souter said the best part of his club’s performance was how well spread the effort was.

‘‘There wasn’t a player who you can single out on the park as the guy who won us the game,’’ Souter said.

‘‘We put together a real team effort, everyone out on the field played their role exactly how we needed them to.

In comparison to last week, Souter said the side locked in early.

‘‘We didn’t have those lapses that we had last week. We were pretty average in the first five or so minutes, but after that we were switched on for the rest of the match.’’

Souter held high praise for the team’s shots on goal, particularly five from Mark Watson.

‘‘He kicked almost perfectly as well,’’ Souter said.

‘‘To kick five is a great effort and as a team we kicked 18 for only four behinds. Kicking that accurately is something we can really be happy with.’’

But Souter was sheepish on his own performance — despite being named in the best players.

‘‘I don’t read anything into that,’’ he laughed.

‘‘I see it as I’m the coach of this club, I want to lead. If that means I have a good game in a win that’s great, but it isn’t about me trying to be in the best players.’’

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