Poor start costs young Bloods

By Southern Riverina News

Tocumwal was unable to make it two wins in a row, going down to Katamatite in round four of the Picola & District Football League on Saturday.

On a perfect afternoon for footy the Bloods ran out fielding a young side at Katamatite.

Both teams settled into an arm wrestle with the ball flying from one end to the other freely.

The Tigers were first to goal after both teams missed with early shots.

Toc. were able to generate opportunities but missed some crucial shots.

On the other hand the Tigers kicked accurately from 40m out to pile on scoreboard pressure to the tune of a 23 point lead at the first break.

Katamatite began the second quarter as they finished the opening term, kicking three consecutive goals to put pressure on the Bloods.

Toc. were able to steady and went goal for goal for the rest of the quarter but were down by 43 points at the main break.

The third quarter was a highlight for the boys outscoring the Tigers by four points with Tom Whytcross and assistant coach Dylan Flanagan the main goalkickers.

The last quarter produced only one goal as the Tigers claimed a 48 point win.

Jake Jenkins was courageous all day with Mitchell Reilly, Tim Garlick, Oliver Rennie, Zeke Flanagan and Sam Rennie all being solid contributors for the visitors.

There were good signs for Tocumwal who never gave up and were a few points from winning the last half.

Final score, Katamatite 15.14 (104) to Tocumwal 8.8 (56).

Flanagan said a quick start from the Tigers made it too difficult for the young Bloods side.

‘‘It wasn’t the result we were after,’’ he said.

‘‘They went forward early and were able to capitalise, particularly when they had a few more options going forward.

‘‘The Tigers were able to get their bigger bodies to the contest and set their run really well off half back.

The Bloods will host Rennie this week and will be inspired to play at their best when veteran star Scott Baldwin runs out for his 400th senior game.

‘‘The younger guys look up to Scott and it’s not often they’ll play alongside a bloke that’s played 400 games so hopefully we can get a win for him,’’ Flanagan said.

‘‘We need to be at our best. Rennie are at about the same level as us so we must put in a strong effort.’’

In a tightly fought reserves contest the Bloods were able to scrap away to their first victory of the season.

Glyn Matters and Paul Quick were at every contest giving the Bloods first use.

Jesse Barker, Jeremy Rush and Sam Bromiley provided the pace and dash to gain plenty of metres for the side, while Tom Gordon, Tim Brunskill and Luke Fuller were steady and brave down back.

In the last term Tim Brunskill moved into the centre with great effect. The co-coach led the way with his massive attack on the contest.

Dylan Mark was also moved into the ruck to great effect.

In the end the boys were able to record a 10 point win which led to a rousing rendition of the club song.

Final score, Tocumwal 10.5 (65) to Katamatite 8.7 (55).

An exciting game by all the Tocumwal thirds players led to a fantastic 56 point win.

Combining the second and third efforts with a strong defensive game gave the Bloods their fourth win for the season.

Outstanding efforts from Connor Paganoni, Tyler Beauchamp Macumber, Jock Hatty and Bailey Mason.

There was eight goal kickers for the game which showed their depth and support within the team.

Final score, Tocumwal 12.17 (89) to Katamatite 5.3 (33).

A great game by the fourths saw a solid 107 point win and consistent effort from all players.

The Bloods were strong in defence, keeping the Tigers scoreless in the contest.

With some tough games coming up Toc. will get the opportunity to test their ability to work as one unit.

Better players were Hayden Davis, Chase Hardwidge, Pat Bennett, Mak Eddy, Blair Eddy, Ethan Jeffress.