STRAIGHT kicking Tongala stunned Mulwala with a positive brand of hard running football in their Murray League clash at Tongala on Saturday.
Bouncing back from a towelling by reigning premier Nathalia in the opening round, the Blues kicked with remarkable accuracy to post 18.4 (112) to the visitors 13.17 (95) to run out winners by 17 points.
‘‘They probably cost themselves the win with their kicking for goal as they missed some easy shots,’’ a naturally happy Tongala coach Jordan Souter said when summing up the win.
‘‘But I was really rapt in our effort with every player doing his bit. We cut them up a bit through the centre and set up our shots on goal really well.’’
Souter led his charges magnificently with a best on ground effort on the ball but he had plenty of willing helpers.
Elusive Mark Watson followed up his fine opening round game with a five-goal effort drifting around the forward line.
Beau Joyce also won praise for keeping dangerous Mulwala forward Ashley Froud to three goals while Michael Pryde played another fine attacking game in defence.
Recruit ruckman Hamish Cohen again gave away a lot of weight to his opponent but wore him down to be one of the keys in the win along with lively winger Charlie Lowe.
The Blues are now looking to its clash with unbeaten Finley at Finley this Saturday with the co-captain Dylan Nexhip and Ryley Cowley, who missed Saturday’s clash through injury, to come back into the side.
Reserves battled hard but were well beaten.
The Blues had good players in Ryan Kay, Jayden Vick, Tim Neville and Tim Strapp but these players didn’t get the support needed to keep pace with the visitors.
Thirds were very impressive again, belting Mulwala by 99 points.
Mackenzie Cowley turned in a blinder with six goals and a best on ground performance while the Blues had other key play makers in Cohen Betts, Talbot Varcoe, James Crow and Dylan Waasdorp.
Under 14s also had a big win with the gifted Harley Reid the star again.
Reid finished with eight goals to cap off the good work of Mayson Philippe, Kade Northausen and Hudson Kellett in particular while Dylan Scoble and Bailey Marsh also did a lot of telling work in the 15.8 (98) to 4.2 (26) win.