Bloods let early lead slip

By Southern Riverina News

Tocumwal were unable to make the most of a strong start in round 10 of the Picola & District League, suffering a 23 point loss against Mathoura on Saturday.

It was a great start for the Bloods, and although they kicked five straight points to start the game, they went on to kick three goals to hold a handy 16 point lead at quarter time.

Tocumwal picked up from where they left off in the second term and kicked the next two goals to jump out to a 28 point lead halfway through the quarter.

Trent Boglis was dominating in the middle of the ground, but a verbal spat with the umpire led to him being given a yellow card and heading to the bench.

The momentum shifted and the Timbercutters got on a roll kicking the next three goals to get the margin back to nine points at half time.

A goal after the half time siren saw the visitors go into the sheds with all the momentum.

Mathoura came out firing in the second half and started to dominate possession all over the ground.

That possession led to multiple shots on goal and at three quarter time Mathoura had a handy break of 13 points.

The Bloods’ defence was under extreme pressure and some good work from Zac Thomson and Glenn Braybon ensured that Mathoura did not blow them away.

Tocumwal were still in with a shot as the last term got underway, however back to back goals from Mathoura ensured that it was going to be a difficult task for the home side to get the win.

A four goal to two term by the visitors saw them take the points.

Best for Tocumwal were Jacob Hore, Trent Boglis, Kenny Chellew, Sam Jenkins, Sam Rennie and Troy Poynton.

For Mathoura, Beau Duggan-Hulands kicked three goals with Clint Atkinson and Callum Harding-Davies kicking two, while star performers included Jake Ellery, Zac Cockayne and John McGowan.

Final score, Mathoura 11.10 (76) to Tocumwal 7.11 (53).

The Bloods seconds enjoyed their biggest win of the season with a resounding victory over an undermanned Mathoura.

Tim Brunskill and Paul Quick both dominated kicking five goals each, with Charles Kelly, Alex Saraikin, Glyn Matters and Jay Buckley also playing well.

Final score, Tocumwal 12.10 (82) to Mathoura 1.2 (8).

The Tocumwal fourths played well as a unit with it resulting in nine players kicking majors in a 102 point win.

Blair and Mak Eddy controlled the middle of the ground while Hamish Smithers was solid in defence.

A quick change up forward gave Nick Noonan a chance to kick three goals in the last quarter.

Final score, Tocumwal 15.12 (102) to Mathoura no score.