Rarely has the saying ‘‘a week is a long time in football’’ rang truer than with Tongala’s start to the Murray Football League season.
After copping a 109-point hiding at the hands of Nathalia in round one, the Blues came out firing against Mulwala on Saturday to pull off a massive upset.
Tongala playing coach Jordan Souter knew his charges had what it took to compete with the more-fancied sides in the competition though, and was excited they could turn their form around in such a short time.
‘‘I’m definitely happy, the boys played really well,’’ Souter said.
‘‘Obviously Nathalia are going to be the benchmark again, so there were plenty of positives to take out of last week — we were just outclassed.
‘‘We knew we could match it with the better sides, we just had to put it all together for a whole game, which we did.’’
The Blues trailed marginally at quarter-time and led by five points at the main change before breaking the game wide open with six goals to one in the third term.
Mulwala came back hard in the last, but the Blues held on 18.4 (112) to 13.17 (95) for a stirring victory.
The fact his side was able to triumph with eight less scoring shots was not lost on Souter.
‘‘That’s probably what got us the win in the end, we converted most of our chances,’’ he said.
Souter could not split his troops when deciding who was best afield, highlighting the evenness of contribution from the Blues.
‘‘The 21 blokes that went out there all played a bloody good game,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s what it’s going to take for us to win matches this year, everyone pulling on the rope.’’
Even still, the performances of Souter himself, Mark Watson (five goals), Michael Pryde, Beau Joyce, Hamish Cohen and Charlie Lowe were outstanding, while Nick Woods (two), Matt Roberson (two), Tyler Vick (two) and Joel Regan (two) all chipped in up forward.
For the Lions, Ash Froud, Jackson Gash and Sean Johns all snared three majors, while Hamish Hosking, Dylan Robinson, Harrison Crossley (two goals) and Cameron Carling also stood out in the defeat.