TONGALA’S Murray League season continued in a downward spiral on Saturday with the Blues being downed by fellow battler Congupna (the Road) at Congupna.
Tongala was in front at the first change and were still well in contention at half-time. But eight second half goals to Tongala’s six gave the home side a winning 29-point margin at the final siren.
Five goals in both the second and third quarters to Tongala’s four in the same period was the difference between the sides in the wash-up.
The Blues again battled for their goals with Layton McCann and Corey Nexhip the only multiple goalkickers with two each.
Ruckman Jack Monigatti stood up again for the Blues along with Jesse Robilliard while young gun Bailey Waasdorp again had his silky skills on display.
Brayden Nevett, backing up from the thirds game also did some good work for the Blues to show he is a player to watch in the future.
Tongala has two sides — Finley and Rumbalara — to meet in the final two rounds after resting this week due to the split round so there is still a chance to finish a disappointing season on a positive note after a promising start.
■Tongala’s reserves are right back in the fight to play finals courtesy of a win on Saturday against Congupna and the upset defeat of sixth placed Nathalia by Cobram.
The Blues have moved level on premiership points with Nathalia and with winnable games against Finley and Rumbalara after this week’s rest and with Nathalia taking on third placed Moama in the final home-and-away round Tongala will probably get its chance to play finals.
Experienced hands in Liam Brennan, Adam Nunn and Matt Ohlsen with plenty of support from Aaron Hatch, Tyson Wayland and Tim Cipriani got Tongala over the line despite a second half fade out.
The Blues kicked six of their goals in the second term.
■Tongala Under 17s were never quite out of their battle with finalists Congupna although never quite in it by the same token.
It was a hard slog in a low scoring game with the Blues going down by 19-points.
Danny Foley, Brayden Nevett and Brent and Darcy Maloney tried hard for the Blues along with Casey Watson and Sam Cipriani.
■Tongala’s Under 14s booked their spot in the finals with a 119-point win, keeping their rivals goalless.
Ryan Hatch and Blake Ohara with six and four goals respectively showed the way for the Blues with Harley Reid, Jesse Jackman and Mayson Philippe also prominent in the runaway win.
The win leaves Tongala in sixth place, two games and decisive percentage clear of seventh placed Barooga.