IT IS obvious in the short time he has been coach of Tongala that Jordan Souter is not into excuses when his side is beaten.
As it was against the visiting Congupna on Saturday.
Congupna came to play and got home by 15 points on Tongala’s home patch.
The visitors grabbed a winning break in the second quarter when they kicked seven goals with the breeze at their backs to the home team’s one.
Tongala had failed to utilise the breeze in the opening term and when only seven points up at quarter-time it was obviously in a spot of bother.
The Blues again failed to make any inroads on the scoreboard in the third term but much to their credit kept at it and bagged five goals to the non-scoring end while holding their rivals goalless in the last term to bridge the final margin to less than three straight kicks.
Tongala struggled to kick goals and Corey Nexhip with three was its only multiple goalkicker.
The Blues’ best players again were defenders Alex Williams and Michael Pryde, who have both been in stellar form.
Lachy Hipwell and Tyler Vick had key tagging roles for the Blues, which they carried out admirably.
Vick picked up ball magnet BJ Squire and Souter was particularly happy with his effort on such a classy player.
‘‘We blew it in the first half but I was really pleased how we stuck at it and finished off the game. That was the most pleasing part of our effort,’’ Souter said.
Tongala has another tough assignment in its next game, travelling to meet the surging Echuca United.
ONE poor quarter — the third — put Tongala reserves out of business.
The Blues were just two goals down at half-time, but Congupna slotted five goals while keeping the home side scoreless in the third term, which set up a 26-point win.
Logan Church, Tom Harris and Darcy Maloney showed the way for the Blues, with support from Tom Pyke, Sam Riedell and Tim Densley.
IN THE Under 17s the Blues bounced back from a loss the previous week to win well.
Players to show out were Elijah Gillie, Talbot Varcoe and Cohen Betts while Rhys Shay, Clayton Watson, and Mitch Heywood all did some telling work for their side.
Tongala’s Under 14s were also winners on the day with the classy Harley Reid stepping up again with six goals.
Zai Davies and Dylan Scoble were prominent while Kade Northausen, Jacob Smith and Jackson King also were good players for the Tongala cause.