Tocumwal playing coach Sean Logie has single handedly steered his side to a 31 point win over Jerilderie following a nine goal haul on Saturday.
In what was a close battle throughout the day at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve, the Demons had no answer for Logie, with the onballer playing as a deep forward for the majority of the game.
The win sees the fourth placed Bloods sitting two wins clear of fifth placed Berrigan on the Picola League ladder.
For the Demons their loss saw them drop to eighth spot, with Mathoura claiming their second win of the season to leapfrog them.
Jacob Hore was one of Toc’s best along with Ollie Rennie, Dylan Mark, Patrick O’Brien and Troy Poynton.
Jerilderie onballer James Gilligan used his pace to carry the ball forward at every opportunity to be named his side’s best with fellow onballer Chris Marshall throwing himself at every contest.
Blair Henery ran tirelessly all day for the Dees and Tom Bryce put in a gritty performance in the ruck.
James Browning (two goals) took plenty of strong marks, even slotting a goal deep in the pocket on the run, while Bobby Arnold was commended for his defensive efforts.
Final score, Tocumwal 16.10 (106) to Jerilderie 11.9 (75).
Coming off a strong showing against Berrigan, the Demons were confident of performing well against Tocumwal.
Some last minute withdrawals put some extra pressure on Jerilderie, but the team responded with a good effort in the first quarter.
Marc Shaw used his pace up forward to takes some great marks for the Dees to keep them within seven points at quarter time.
The second term saw the Bloods convert their scoring shots better than the visitors leading to a 28 point deficit at the main break.
Signs of improvement from Jerilderie became apparent though as they regrouped in the third quarter to outscore Tocumwal.
The Demons went into the last term 20 points down and fought hard with Brad Parker (three goals) a strong focal point up forward, but it was the Bloods who pulled away for the win.
Jerilderie coach Josh Hillary was impressed by his charges despite the loss.
‘‘Our main goal for the remainder of the year is to keep showing signs of improvement and we did that on the weekend,’’ he said.
‘‘There were some pretty one sided results against us in the first half of the year so to get a bit closer to the other sides is pleasing.
‘‘As long as we can continue closing that gap then we should build up to be in the mix again in the coming seasons.
‘‘I have to give a special mention to Chris Marshall, James Gilligan, Blair Henery and Tom Bryce.
‘‘They play onball every week with basically no rotations and step up to the challenge.
‘‘We’ve also made a few inroads with some quality players in the thirds, so if we can keep them around a few more wins will be just around the corner.’’
It will be a tough day for Jerilderie on Saturday as they host ladder leader Picola United for round 13 of the Picola League.
The last time they met the Demons were completely dismantled, only managing two behinds for the game in a 184 point loss.
Hillary is hopeful of a better showing from his charges this time around.
‘‘I’d like to think they can show up and be a bit complacent so hopefully we can be competitive,’’ he said.
‘‘It’ll be a real test for us to see how much we have improved since that game.’’