Blues take positives from defeat

By Brayden May

ON A WEEKLY basis, Tongala are learning how to strengthen their weaknesses.

Last week against Deniliquin it came in trying circumstances, as they suffered a 44-goal loss, and on Saturday it came in heartbreaking fashion, as they suffered a two-goal loss to Finley.

In the space of just a week, the Blues showed they are on the right path, after they took it up to a side who look set for a finals berth in 2019.

While they are no doubt disappointed with the result, Tongala would have taken plenty away on how to close out close games in future — especially against quality oppposition.

‘‘We had a lot of wins even though we didn’t get the four points,’’ coach Caddison Mulholland said.

‘‘The girls really stuck at the task for the entire game. It was great to see some of those finer details all coming together.

‘‘Now it’s about taking the next step to overcome the final hurdle.’’

If they do continue on this path, there is no doubting that an upset against some of the Murray League’s finals contenders could be on the cards prior to the end of the season.

Tongala now sit six points outside the top eight with a place in finals action looking extremely unlikely — but the win/loss record is not this group’s biggest focus.

While everyone wants to win when the final whistle sounds, it’s the little wins in a game that will do this team’s confidence a world of good.

They will get the chance to get their first in victory in five matches when they travel to take on Tungamah.