Blues belt Bloods

July 19, 2017

Tocumwal onballer Chris Patten breaks away from the pack on Saturday. Photo courtesy Helen Barker.

Tocumwal suffered a massive 99 point loss to Picola League ladder leader Picola United on Saturday after a second half fade-out.

The Bloods, who sit fourth on the ladder, were taught a lesson by the reigning premier after half-time as United hit top form on their home ground.

After trailing by just 26 points at the main break, Tocumwal conceded 12 goals while only adding one to their tally in the second half.

In the heavy loss it was playing coach Sean Logie who battled manfully in the middle to be named best on ground, with Zeke Flanagan and Jacob Hore also performing well.

Dylan Flanagan kicked two goals despite little supply, big man Darren Atkinson played a strong game and veteran defender Scott Baldwin cut off multiple Blues attacks deep in defence.

Picola’s Marcus Walsh finished the game as best on ground with Adam Jorgensen, Tim Scadden, Clinton Barnes, Scott Miles and Thomas Byrnes also named in the best.

Miles and Jorgensen combined for eight goals (four each) while Scadden and Taylor Beard both kicked three.

Final score, Picola Utd 19.15 (129) to Tocumwal 4.6 (30).

Picola coach Jon Varcoe said Tocumwal came to play early in the game.

‘‘Tocumwal dominated the clearances early, especially in the first half, and were getting a fair bit of possession,’’ he said.

‘‘But from there it evened out and our fitness and ability to run the ball saw the game open up for us in the second half.’’

Despite having ascendancy in clearances the Bloods went into the first break trailing by two goals.

Picola continued to wear their opposition down in the second quarter, scoring 4.3 to Tocumwal’s 2.1.

The Blues were up by 26 points at half-time before hitting their straps to come home strongly.

‘‘We were a little fumbly early on and our skills were lacking,’’ Varcoe said.

‘‘But as the game wore on we started to play better and were able to link up a lot easier from one end to the other and move the ball well to create quite a few scoring opportunities.

‘‘Our tackling pressure improved which allowed us to win more contested balls and we went from there.

‘‘It was a pretty good team effort.’’

Tocumwal will have another tough test this weekend when they host Blighty on Saturday.

The last time these sides met the Redeyes were dominant, posting a 78 point win.

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