TONGALA found Barooga far too strong in their Murray League clash at Tongala on Saturday but coach Jordan Souter was far from critical of his young team’s effort.
The visitors blew Tongala away in a nine goals to two first quarter and the outcome of the clash had been decided by quarter time.
The young Blues however stuck to it and kicked nine goals to Barooga’s 12 for the final three quarters in suffering a 72-point loss.
‘‘I was happy with our effort,’’ Souter said. ‘‘They are a pretty slick side and had bigger bodies, but I was happy the way we kept at it, particularly after the first quarter.
‘‘Early their midfield was dominant, which set up their first quarter, but we battled it out well after that.’’
The Blues best two players were defender Michael Pryde and veteran recruit Matt Roberson.
Pryde was dashing again in defence and has been one of the team’s most consistent performers so far this season.
He received a lot of support from co-defenders Bryce Denham and Luke Woolan.
Roberson, who had been a target up forward in earlier games, played in the ruck and midfield and got a lot of the ball again.
Tyler Vick and Joel Regan were active up forward and booted two and four goals respectively.
Up-and-comer Ryley Cowley continued his fine form on a wing and was among Tongala’s best players.
Tongala has a road trip to meet the win-less Deniliquin this Saturday but Souter is taking nothing for granted.
‘‘They are always hard to beat up there and we will have to be ready for them,’’ he said.
■Tongala reserves found Barooga a little too strong in a dour struggle.
The Blues were kept goalless in the first half but kicked four second-half goals in a 41-point loss.
Tom Pyke, Jesse Robilliard, James Watson were Tongala players who gave their all in the game but didn’t get enough support.
■Tongala’s classy Under 17 side had another good win against a good rival, getting home by two straight goals.
The Blues kept their rivals to one goal in the first half, which held them in good stead when Barooga lifted in the second half.
Elijah Gillie, Rhys Shay, Casey Watson and Talbot Varcoe were good players for the Blues, with a lot of support from Noah Densley and Mackenzie Cowley.
■Tongala’s Under 14s were also triumphant, working hard for a 20-point win in a grim struggle.
Harley Reid and Riley Gallivan each kicked three goals in top games, while Dylan Scoble, Luke Smith, Tristan Watson and Hudson Kellett did well.