Tocumwal were unable to hold off a strong finishing Deni Rovers in round 17 of the Picola League, going down by seven points on Saturday.
Playing in Tocumwal, the Roos were up and about early with inaccurate kicking in front of goal keeping the Bloods in the game, kicking 4.5 (29) to 3.0 (18).
Tocumwal wrestled back the lead in the second stanza holding a four point buffer at the main break, with both sides kicking 2.2 in the third to set up a thrilling last term.
The final term was played on Deni’s terms, with the visitors taking the lead at the mid-way point of the fourth stanza.
Leading by six points with two minutes left, the Roos worked the ball forward with the Bloods forced to rush a behind to make it a two scoring shots game.
The siren sounded soon after for what was the Rovers’ first win against a top five side this season.
Leading the way for the Roos was forward Terry Lumbar, booting six goals for the match.
Brothers Addison and Taylor Milner were dominant in the middle of the ground with plenty of help from fellow onballers Tanner Robertson, Rhys McCulloch and Mark Lamborn.
Dane Maxwell was a strong performer for the Bloods with Zeke Flanagan, Pat O’Brien and playing coach Sean Logie all once again among the best.
Final score, Deni Rovers 11.10 (76) to Tocumwal 10.9 (69).
Rovers coach Nick Braybon said it was his side’s best win of the season.
‘‘Our first few minutes set the tone for the match and while it was close, we always felt like we were in control of the game,’’ he said.
‘‘We were winning the midfield battle and the pressure was always on Tocumwal.
‘‘It was quite pleasing for everyone involved and while we won’t be playing finals, everyone was quite upbeat following the win.’’
Tocumwal will now move on to face Mathoura in the final round of the season on Saturday.
The road trip will be a good opportunity for the Bloods to re-group before facing Berrigan in an elimination final in Yarroweyah the following week.