Blues cruise

By Andrew Johnston

MOMENTUM is key in football — start the match well, you’re well on the road to a strong outcome.

And a near perfect start from Tongala on Saturday set the Blues up for a demolition job on Finley.

The Blues kicked five in the opening quarter — what would end up their lowest total for the day — beginning one of their strongest showings of the Jordan Souter era.

Led by six goal hauls from Coby McCarthy and Jack Hammond, the Blues booted 25 majors en route to a 98 point thrashing of the Cats.

For club president Darren Maloney, it was one of the best performances he had seen from his club in recent times.

‘‘They were fantastic on Saturday,’’ Maloney said.

‘‘You could tell from very early on in the match that they were going to be really good. They had an outstanding opening quarter to set their day up, and the way they came home in the final stages of the match and put the Cats away is something I’m really proud of.’’

While McCarthy and Hammond gained the most attention on the day, it was the performance of the full team that caught the eye of Maloney.

‘‘It’s awesome how the boys have come together,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re still a relatively new group, but there is a really good game plan in place and our whole club is buying into it.

‘‘The attitude of our group is fantastic, the belief within the group is sky high, and we still have a number of really high quality players yet to come back into the side who will be pushing for selection when they are ready to go.

‘‘It’s a fantastic position for us to be in as a football club, and it is not only impacting the senior group, it’s in the reserves and right the way through the entire club.’’

The victory puts Tongala in sixth spot, which has the side only a win and percentage off being in the top four of the competition.

After winning three of four in what had been identified by Souter as being an incredibly important month of football, the Blues are getting closer and closer to their pre season goal of making the finals.

The Blues take on tenth placed Tungamah on Saturday.