TONGALA seniors couldn’t recover from a poor start against Rumbalara on Saturday, leaving itself too much to do after quarter time and eventually going down by 45 points.
Rumbalara got the jump from the start, piling mountains of pressure on the Tongala defence with repeated forward 50 entries.
Tongala did its best to hold on, but if it wasn’t for some inaccurate kicking from the opposition the Blues may have been out of the match.
As the quarter-time siren rang, the Blues found themselves down 3.6 (26) to no score. It was a long way back.
From there the Blues prime movers in young Bailey Waasdorp and Bryce Denham started to get going.
Mark Watson managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over with three majors, but it was a case of too little too late. Youngster Sam Cipriani was called up from the thirds and did a great job, named in his side’s best players.
■TONGALA reserves will also rue a slow start as they were edged out by nine points by a determined Rumbalara.
The Blues didn’t kick a goal until the third term, but managed eight second-half goals to close the gap.
A faster start next game will hold them in better stead.
Tommie Matthews was the star of the show for Tongala, booting five of the eight second-half goals.
Adam Nunn helped himself to two and had a great game, while Tom Nevill, Nicholas Woods and Logan Church also impressed.
■TONGALA thirds bucked the trend on the weekend and started with a bang, kicking four first-quarter goals and winning the match by 62 points.
Sam Cipriani kicked five goals before stepping up and playing seniors, Mackenzie Cowley booted three, while Riley Souter and Brayden Nevett kicked two each.
Talbot Varcoe played a great game, as did the consistent Elijah Gillie.
■TONGALA under 14s had a tough day at the office, going down to Rumbalara by 41 points.
Hudson Kellett and Harley Reid both kicked goals for the Blues and played well.
Bailey Marsh, Kade Northausen, Finn Brennan and Joshua Murray all played well.
Tongala will face Tungamah next week.