Muwala Reserves 37th straight win resulted in an impressive back to back Murray League premiership in front of a large crowd at Tocumwal on Saturday.
The stage was set for a massive clash in the Reserves with the Tocumwal Recreating Reserve in immaculate condition.
Tongala had been Mulwala’s main rival for the year in what was billed as a high class clash.
Tongala began the game with a bit more composure than Mulwala and were able to kick an early goal off their forward 50 entry.
It took Mulwala until mid way through the term to generate some clear runs which resulted in their opening goal.
Dougie Beams and Chris O’Neill were in the action early, creating options for the forwards.
Jason Sanderson was using his experience to advantage to settle things down.
In a very entertaining first term both teams were playing fast pressure football.
The second term began well for Mulwala with Brad Wilson, Michael O’Riordan, Jackson Cooper and Lee Howroyd really lifting their work rate.
Both teams were keeping the tackling pressure up and going goal for goal on the scoreboard.
Mulwala had a series of scoring chances but Tongala were defending hard to keep in touch.
Jason Sanderson continued to generate the players through the midfield and his efforts ended up with a much needed goal just before the long break.
The tight battle continued in the premiership quarter with no player giving an inch and Tongala managing the first goal to draw within a kick.
Ely was working overtime across half back, hitting the contest hard and hitting his targets when going forward.
Mulwala had the ball locked in their forward 50 with multiple ball ups absorbing the clock but the scoring was very difficult.
It took something special from Brad Wilson to create a goal.
This was followed up quickly by one from Dan Clarke from 50 to create a handy break.
Marcus Larkin was defending brilliantly with great support coming from Tom Van De Merwe and Chris Burgess.
Jackson Cooper was putting pressure on deep in the forward 50 which created a three goal break for Mulwala.
Tongala were starting to struggle in the heat and their late hits were creating opportunities for Mulwala.
The Mulwala boys entered the last term full of confidence and full of run.
Doughie Beams had made a huge contribution in the first three terms and he kicked the first two goals of the final term to make Tongala’s job very difficult.
Dougie had too much class for his opponent in the air and on the ground.
Mulwala’s ‘in and under’ players were winning the hard ball in the packs and running away from their opponents around the ground.
Michael O’Riordan’s determination to run to get to the next contest resulted in a match sealing goal.
It was party time for the Mulwala boys with the game well under control.
Corey Parish epitomised the team’s performance with his disciplined efforts across half back, ensuring a great result for the Mulwala boys.
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Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
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Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
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Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
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Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
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The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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