TONGALA found out on Saturday why Numurkah is occupying third place on the Murray League ladder.
Last year’s grand finalists proved too good for the travelling Tongala, winning by 73 points.
The Blues were never really in the contest after the home side kicked 7.3 to Tongala’s two goals in the first quarter.
Numurkah gradually built on this lead as the game progressed in a show of dominance.
But the efforts of some of Tongala’s emerging players pleased coach Jordan Souter.
Young guns Ryley Cowley and Bailey Waasdorp were both prominent for the Blues while Mark Watson with three goals was arguably Tongala’s best player on the day.
Michael Pyde hasn’t played a poor game all season for the Blues and did well again while Jesse Robilliard held his good form.
Tongala faces another tough day at the office this Saturday against another side finals bound, Cobram.
■Reserves had a ding-dong struggle, eventually emerging triumphant by 18 points.
The Blues were just a goal in front at the last change but dug deep in the last term to notch their fifth win for the season.
Damien Watson, Logan Church and Daniel Cox were the players to show the way home for Tongala and received a lot of support from James Tyler and Tim Densley in a top team effort.
■Under 17s had a good win to stay right in the race for a top-three finish.
In a dour struggle in which defences dominated only a kick or two separated the sides at the three changes but Tongala had its nose in front by 11 points at the finish for a well deserved win.
Sam Cipriani was again a star for the Blues with plenty of support from Rhys Shay, Angus Smith and Mackenzie Cowley.
Elijah Gillie, Kadeyn Cox and Dylan Waasdorp also stood up to be counted when needed.
■Under 14s slipped a game off the top six with a heavy loss.
Numurkah controlled the play for most of the game to run out winners by 80 points.
Harley Reid was again the star for the young Blues, kicking two of the team’s only three goals for the game and winning a lot of possessions.
Harley got most support from Kade Northausen, Jesse Jackman and Hudson Kellett while Noah Stevens and Luke Smith also tried hard.