Kyabram Free Press

Tonny one win away from unbeaten ML season

- By Gus Underwood

Tongala footballer­s scored a workmanlik­e 29-point win over a determined Numurkah at Tongala on Saturday and now has Moama at its final hurdle in a bid to complete an unbeaten Murray League season.

Tongala was stretched by the visitors but always had its nose in front and was on top of most things when challenged.

Showing the way for the victors was Northern Territory legend Cam Ilett who was the only member of the Darwinbase­d Tongala trio who made the trip south for the game.

Ilett got a lot of support from Dylan Joyce who was lively up forward with two goals while ruckman Kyle Fitzgerald and another onballer in Coby Mccarthy produced top games to play leading roles in the win.

Corey Nexhip again led the defence in fine fashion while Caleb Smith also played his part in the win.

COVID-19 conditions pending, unbeaten Tongala travels to Moama on Saturday for the final home-and-away round and will be looking to tune up for its much anticipate­d finals campaign as premiershi­p favourite.

Moama shored up its spot in the top eight with its narrow win over Deni Rams and Tongala’s victory.

But the Magpies could still lose its spot in the finals to Numurkah who are at home to Barooga so will be desperate to try and upset the visitors.

■ An accurate Tongala reserves side was in a ruthless mood, restrictin­g Numurkah to one point while booting 30.12.

Andrew Hummerston bagged 10 goals and Bryce Joyce and Mark Watson four each to reap the dividends from the dominance of Dom Watt, Nic Woods and Cohen Betts who kept feeding the ball forward all day. f■ Tongala’s under 17 side found Numurkah a bit too good but didn’t shirk any issues.

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Jackman and Kane Tyler led the spirited Blues challenge and got most support from Hudson Kellett, Bailey Marsh and Max Carroll.

■ Tongala’s under 14s swept Numurkah aside with a 161-point win to hold second place on the ladder.

Tyler Norman was the standout for the winners with 12 goals while Curtis Bower, Max Carroll, Hayden Kellett, Jessie Johnstone and Clayton Rossboroug­h also got plenty of the ball for the impressive young Blues.

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