Tocumwal were unable to mark club legend Scott Baldwin’s 400th senior game with a home win against Rennie on Saturday in its round five match in the Picola Football League.
The Bloods again fielded a young side who put up a good fight for the occasion.
The home side got off to a flyer, booting two early goals while the Hoppers squandered some opportunities to register four behinds.
In an even first term the Bloods hung on to a four point lead.
Rennie began the second term with play bottled up in their forward 50m arc and finally got some reward for effort with two quick goals.
The Toc. boys were defending grimly with Zeke Flanagan holding the defence together.
The Bloods fell 20 points behind before Dylan Flanagan slotted a much needed major followed by a great skipper’s goal to bring the contest back to a seven point half time deficit.
The third term turned into a disaster when Rennie booted five goals in the first 10 minutes of the quarter to take a 40 point lead in the blink of an eye.
Toc. recovered to stem the tide but the damage had been done.
A couple of hard earned goals to Flanagan helped reduce the final term gap to 39 points.
The final term was Toc’s best quarter for the year with Troy Poynton kicking a beauty which seemed to inspire the boys who combined well to lock the ball in their forward half.
The Bloods were able to outscore the Hoppers 22 points to eight in an encouraging performance.
Among the best players were Tim Garlick, Jeremy Cardillo, Zeke Flanagan, Troy Poynton, Mitchell Reilly and Jake Jenkins.
Final score Tocumwal 9.11 (65) to Rennie 13.12 (90)
Assistant coach Dylan Flanagan said ten poor minutes of footy cost them the game.
‘‘It was those five goals in a ten minute spurt and we couldn’t recover.
‘‘It was a pretty tight game other than those ten minutes.
‘‘We played strong in the first quarter and although they came back a bit in the second we still held our nerve.
‘‘This is quite a young side but they’re playing really well and it just seems to be these quarters where we have a lapse in concentration.’’
The Bloods will travel to play undefeated Waaia this weekend and although the odds will be stacked against them Flanagan is expecting a strong performance.
‘‘We just need to have a crack but it will be very tough.
‘‘Waaia are undefeated and have beaten good sides.
‘‘Our plan will be to stick at it and battle hard all afternoon and hopefully we can give them a good nudge.’’
It was two wins on the trot for Toc’s reserves.
After a slow start which saw Rennie controlling much of the game, it was the usual names of Glyn Matters, Tim Brunskill and Paul Quick who were keeping the Bloods in the contest.
Luke Brooks was good up forward as well as in the midfield and Charles Kelly got into the game when he was switched to centre half back.
Rennie were running out of players in the second half and at one stage in the last quarter they were down to just the 16 men on the field.
Nathan Stoate made use of the extra free space as he booted three final term majors to finish with four goals for the day.
Aaron Fisher, Tom Gordon, Lachlan Barnes and Jordan Hicks were also well worthy of a mention on a successful day.
Final score, Tocumwal 11.4 (70) to Rennie 4.11 (35)
The thirds went down to Rennie due mainly to two costly quarters of footy.
Best Toc. players were Tom Barker, Zander Griffin, Mitchell Reilly, Lachie Gordon and Oliver Smith.
Congratulations to Aden Donnell playing his 50th game.
Final score Tocumwal 7.6 (48) to Rennie 8.6 (54) in a thriller.
The little Bloods had their first loss for the season by a better side on Saturday.
The positive of the game for Tocumwal is they have a lot of room to improve.
Final score, Tocumwal 1.5 (11) to Rennie 7.3 (45).
Well done to all the Under 11s who played on Saturday.
Both teams had good numbers and it made it hard to gain possession, but everyone had a go and are getting better every week.