Tongala was overrun in the second half of its match against Mulwala on Saturday, going down by 70 points.By Geordie Cowan
Tongala stuck to its task against Mulwala for one half, but the high-flying Lions proved too strong thereafter as they ran away to a 19.17
The Blues’ game plan of defensive pressure proved relatively successful early in the game with the margin just five points at the long break, before Mulwala kicked six goals in each of the last two terms to secure the 70-point result.
Tongala coach David Newman said the first-half performance from his team showed how much it had developed throughout the year.
‘‘We need to be up there for the year,’’ he said.
‘‘Mulwala is one of the better sides we’ve played.
‘‘Even from where we came from at the start of the year, but we’ve still got lots to learn.’’
The Blues were able to keep Mulwala under some sort of control in the first half due to many factors before its forwards came to the fore, Newman said.
‘‘We were good for two quarters and then we just dropped right off,’’ he said.
‘‘We couldn’t match it with Mulwala’s forward line and couldn’t quite contain them for the duration of the game.
‘‘Liam Brennan was winning a lot of the ruck contests and getting the ball to our midfielders, while we were nullifying Mulwala’s run at stoppages.
‘‘We weren’t allowing them to set up and go and our pressure and tackling was good in the first half.’’
Newman said midfielder Jordan Souter had a dominant game, laying 12 tackles for the day, while Tom Donnell was back to his best after a few quiet weeks.
Adam Lovison also played well on Kyle Archibald for most of the game, while thirds player Connor Cowley displayed some silky skills.
Newman also praised Stephen Townsend, who had a pretty good game on Chase Strawhorn despite the forward finishing with seven goals.
Matt Andrews kicked three goals for the Blues, with James Nanopoulous and Luke McGill chipping in with two each, while Adam Nunn strained a hamstring during the game.
Tongala now plays Numurkah in the final match of the season, with the team looking to ‘‘finish off on a high’’.
Ultimately, similar to the seniors, Mulwala proved too good as it ran out 11.13
The Lions only led by three points at the first break but held the Blues goalless for the next two quarters as they established a match-winning lead, eventually winning all four quarters.
Jarrad Denham, Brad Canny and Corey Nexhip were the best players for the visitors, with Damien Brennan the only multiple goal-kicker.
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