Picola too strong

By Southern Riverina News

Tocumwal were no match for reigning premier Picola United, who dispatched the Bloods by 100 points in the Picola & District League on Saturday.

On a beautiful winter’s day in Tocumwal, the Bloods began well, where it took until the 15 minute mark for Picola to register the first major.

The Bloods immediately struck back and continued to work hard but the Blues managed to score four goals in the last six minutes to take a 25 point lead into the first break.

After a couple of early Picola goals in the second term, the Bloods fought back to hold the opposition goalless for the rest of the term with the visitors in front by 35 points at half time.

In the second half a very disciplined Picola team poured on the pressure and the Bloods were no match, the Blues kicking 11 goals to one over the third and fourth stanzas.

Better players for Tocumwal were playing coach Tim Garlick, Oliver Rennie, Sam Rennie, Mitch Bell, Charles Kelly and Dylan Mark.

Final score, Picola Utd 19.15 (129) to Tocumwal 4.5 (29).

The Bloods reserves struggled against third placed Picola Utd, going down by 93 points.

Despite this it was great to see Dave Farrell back in for another game, with his strength and leadership giving great confidence to the younger players.

Kenny Chellew started slowly but as the game rolled on he sparked up for two goals.

The super reliable guard of Paul Quick and Glyn Matters in the middle made sure Tocumwal were well represented at the contests while Andy Arthur moved into the midfield with great effect.

Michael Roberts did a good job in a key post at full back and Jordy Hicks, Luke Fuller and Kurt Chouffot were also well worthy of a mention.

Final score, Picola Utd 16.11 (107) to Tocumwal 2.2 (14).

Tocumwal’s thirds overcame a slow start to record an impressive 82 point win over the Blues.

Kicking 1.4 in the first term, the Bloods came charging out in the second with six majors added to build a strong lead, before adding five in the second half to blow the margin out further.

Best players for Tocumwal were Lachie Gordon (five goals), Jock Hatty, Harvey White and Tyler Beauchamp-Macumber.

Final score, Tocumwal 12.14 (86) to Picola Utd 0.4 (4).

It was one way traffic in the fourths with the Bloods cruising to an 85 point win.

The game showed what country football is all about, however, with six Tocumwal players helping out the undermanned Picola team to make up the numbers in their side.

It was a great team effort from the Bloods where all players worked together to achieve the result.

Best for Tocumwal were Blair Eddy, Patrick Bennett (one goal), Hamish Smithers, Chase Hardwidge (five), Hayden Davis and Maksym Eddy (one).

Final score, Tocumwal 12.13 (85) to Picola Utd no score.