Tocumwal’s pursuit of a fourth consecutive premiership started much the same way as its last campaign finished — in dominant fashion.
The Bloods were far too good for Berrigan on Good Friday, scoring with ease on their way to a 61-goal triumph.
It was their 23rd straight win and a potential sign of things to come, but this year will be a different challenge for them moving from the north-west division to the unified Picola District Netball League.
In a show of strength, Tocumwal allowed just 10 goals for the game, with the defensive end of Leah Pate and Leisa Desailly shutting the Berrigan goalers out.
The Saints were down 22-2 at quarter-time and a defensive tweak — Jodi Hawes into goal defence replacing Stacy Danielsen-Jensen — did little to stop the goals in the second.
The flow was partially stopped in the third as the Bloods would only find 13 goals to three, but Tocumwal saved one final punch for the last, piling on 18 goals to two.
Sabrina Finch’s side will have plenty to work on before their round two clash on April 14, when they host the Deniliquin Rovers.
For Millie Ferguson’s Tocumwal, it is the first of potentially many wins for a side that has gone from strength to strength in the past few seasons.
May 12 will certainly be circled in the Bloods’ calendar — their first opportunity to face reigning south-east premier Waaia.
Results from other grades were as followed:
B-grade: Tocumwal 46 def. Berrigan 40; C-grade: Berrigan 48 def. Tocumwal 40; C-Reserve: Tocumwal 28 def. Berrigan 22; Under-17: Tocumwal 38 def. Berrigan 31; Under-15: Tocumwal 28 def. Berrigan 21; Under-13: Tocumwal 35 def. Berrigan 2.