Tocumwal is one step closer to securing a Picola League finals berth after downing Berrigan by 31 points in Berrigan on Saturday.
This win saw the Bloods move to fourth spot on the ladder, one game clear of the Saints, who moved down to fifth.
It was a strong start from Tocumwal that saw them get over the line after three late goals in the first quarter gave the Bloods a match winning 28 point lead at quarter time.
The second quarter was littered with turnovers due to the pressure applied by both teams, with the Saints winning the quarter by two points.
After half time the Bloods struck early with Ollie Rennie slotting a set shot from 50m out and the Bloods surged to a 36 point lead at the final break.
The battle continued on in the last term with neither side gaining ascendancy over the other with the Bloods hanging on to a crucial win.
Tocumwal’s Dane Maxwell continued his brilliant form with another best on ground performance, with Jacob Hore, Zeke Flanagan and Darren Atkinson also significant contributors.
Veteran defenders Jeremy Cardillo and David Farrell also had fantastic games, playing important roles in the Bloods’ win.
For Berrigan it was Jarren Osborne taking on Toc’s forwards to earn himself a best on ground honour with Andrew Hawkins showing improvement as one of the best ruckmen in the competition.
Defenders Kyle Hawker and Trent Osborne also contributed well while Kyle McQualter and Jake Way were also strong for the Saints.
Final score, Tocumwal 11.11 (77) to Berrigan 7.4 (46).
Tocumwal playing coach Sean Logie recognised the importance of the win.
‘‘We had a look at the ladder after the win and saw just how close it is for the final two spots in finals,’’ he said.
‘‘This win over Berrigan and the win over Deni earlier this year have proved to be a huge difference for us this year.
‘‘Last year we were dropping close games and now we’re on the opposite end of it.
‘‘It was also Chris Patten’s 150th club game so it was fantastic to get the win for him.’’
Logie said that he and his charges felt they were in control of the game with their fantastic start.
‘‘When you get a lead of almost five goals by quarter time the confidence is definitely up,’’ he said.
‘‘We had a couple of blokes go down with injury in the second quarter but we knew we were still in a good position to win.
‘‘I know Berrigan were missing a few as well and that forced them to change their structure a bit but we still think they had a pretty decent side on the park.
‘‘Now we change our focus to Jerilderie who we can’t afford to underestimate. They started strongly against us earlier this year and gave Berrigan a huge scare the other week.’’
The match between the Bloods and the Demons will be played at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Berrigan will have the unenviable task of travelling to face reigning premier Picola United on Saturday.
With the Blues suffering their first loss of the season against Strathmerton, the Saints can expect a fired up opponent looking to bounce back.