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Bloods batter Roos in decider

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September 13, 2017

Tocumwal steamrolled their way to victory in the Picola League fourths grand final, dominating the Deni Rovers by 62 points at Blighty on Saturday.

A devastating six goal first quarter orchestrated by the Bloods saw the Roos caught behind early in the match.

Tocumwal added another five majors over the following two quarters, while the Rovers managed just the one.

With the game all but over the Roos didn’t drop their heads, winning the last quarter by one point, kicking 3.1 to 3.0.

Bloods ruckman Zander Griffin was declared the best on ground earning him the medal, while Baylee Morton was a focus up forward with seven majors.

For the Roos it was Raymond Murphy who was best with Tom Blake, Kaiden Joss, Haydn Mowat, Maisy Edwards and Pat Westcott all playing well.

Final score, Tocumwal 14.5 (89) to Deni Rovers 4.3 (27).

Tocumwal coach Bob Bourke said the win was the culmination of four years at the helm.

‘‘I’ve had a lot of these boys playing fourths for the past three or four years,’’ he said.

‘‘We have 10 players going up to thirds next year so it was good to send them off with a win.

‘‘Regardless of the result, we were most happy about the boys’ development as footy players.

‘‘They stuck to the game plan and worked hard for this win..’’

Bourke also agreed that Griffin was a deserved winner of the best on ground medal.

‘‘He’s very good at playing behind the kick,’’ he said.

‘‘He rebounded out of defence and has a big kick that proved crucial on Saturday.

‘‘I was a bit nervous heading into the game but the boys played well.

‘‘It was good to see them get on top early and for them to close out such a good season with a flag.’’

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