It’s ugly but effective

By Andrew Johnston

IT’S something the better teams have to do – learn to win ugly.

Not every game is going to go perfectly for you every week.

On Saturday, Tongala took another step in their development by doing exactly that.

After starting the season 1-3, the Blues won their sixth straight match with a 19-point victory against Tungamah, putting Tonny two games clear inside the top eight.

Coach Jordan Souter said it was good to see his side do what was required of them.

“It was a pretty ugly game of football,” he said.

“We weren’t always at our best throughout the match, so it was great to get over the line and get the win.”

But while it wasn’t their strongest performance according to Souter, the win was built on his whole team performing as required.

“We played on a smaller ground than we are used to, it meant the game plan had to be slightly different as it didn’t always suit the way we want to play as a team, so we were presented with a different set of challenges.

“We didn’t do anything extra in the way we played, we probably had one or two guys who really stood out in their performances, but outside of them it was more of a case of everyone doing what was required of them.”

Anthony Dennis and Coby McCarthy both kicked two majors, with nine players getting in the goals on the day for the side.

After Souter identified the importance of producing the team’s best possible form post bye, his charges have not put a foot wrong.

And it’s building his side towards their ultimate goal.

“We are getting ourselves into a fantastic position,” he said.

“We identified in the pre-season that our goal would be to play finals football, we still have a lot of football ahead of us to earn the spot, but we are giving ourselves the best possible opportunity we can to get into the eight at the end of the season.”

The Blues face their biggest post bye test on Saturday as they take on fifth placed Mulwala.

For Souter, not a lot will change in his side’s preparation.

“We’ve had a really solid month on the track and we expect to continue to do so,” he said.

“There will be a bit of work about our intensity around the football, but we will look to continue to build on the improvements we have already made.