TONGALA equalled its total of wins for last season when it posted its third victory for the season with a 14-point triumph on the road against Deniliquin Rams in the fifth round of Murray League games on Saturday.
The Blues edged ahead after an even first quarter and held off the home side for the remainder of the game in a character-filled display.
Despite Deni being winless this season, Tongala coach Jordan Souter predicted his team would have to earn the win so he was happy with the result and the way his team went about it.
‘‘We didn’t play great and it was a scrappy affair,’’ he said. ‘‘It wasn’t our best win for the season but we are happy to get the four premiership points. We only won three games last season so we have equalled that now and we will try to build on that.’’
Riley Bacon returned to top form on the ball and was busy all day and he and the half-back line of Michael Pryde, Alex Williams and Mark Watson played significant roles in the win.
Pryde, in particular, has been a star all season.
Tongala had two active forwards in mature-aged recruit Matt Roberson and Joel Regan who were busy all day.
Roberson kicked five of Tongala’s goals and Regan was the only other multiple goalkicker with two.
Tongala hosts Congupna in another winnable game this Saturday, but Souter warned his players would need to be at their best — or close to it — to win.
‘‘They (Congupna) are starting to put it together and it won’t be easy but hopefully we can get there,’’ he said.
■Tongala reserves had a convincing win to keep on finals pace.
The Blues didn’t let a score through from their rivals on the day while putting on 18.12.
James Tyler, Tom Nevill and Tom Harris set the example and Logan Church, Jackson Hicks and Lachy Hipwell also got a lot of the Sherrin in what was a good team effort.
■Tongala thirds went down fighting against the ladder leader.
In a grimly fought battle Deni Rams prevailed by 17 points.
Players who stood out for Tongala were Riley Souter, Noah Densley, Sam Cipriani and Cohen Betts.
■Tongala’s Under 14s also found the hosts a bit too good, suffering a 10-goal loss.
Zai Davies and Harley Reid were good for the young Blues and got support from Tristan Watson and Jesse Jackman.