YOU LITTLE BLOODY BEAUTY
Tocumwal finally scores first win in 2012 Murray League season
It was 15 weeks in the making and Tocumwal players and officials sung the song with gusto after overcoming Rumbalara for its first win of the Murray Football League season on Saturday.
Under pressure itself, Rumba made the trip across the border and was sent packing by a desperate and spirited Bloods outfit.
Led by playing coach Nathan Tresize, stand-in skipper Kieren Andrew and best-on-ground Ben Phelan, the home side successfully turned the game into the type that suited them - an oldfashioned scrap.
Final scores, Tocumwal 13.11 (89) to Rumbalara 12.7 (79).
‘‘Our contested footy has been good all year, it’s just our outside play and skills that let us down,’’ Tresize said.
‘‘Their finishing skills and pace are as good as anyone’s and we knew if we kept it in close they wouldn’t like it.
‘‘We did it in fits and spurts, but then we tried to get it to our outside runners like them and let them get on top.
‘‘We dragged it back to a contest after that, (with) ball ups and stoppages and we did enough.’’
Tresize said players were clapped off the ground by supporters and plenty of people stayed around the club after the game.
He admitted it had been a tough season, but the win was ‘‘just reward’’ for the players’ effort and he hoped their hard work would not go to waste.
‘‘The enthusiasm at training has dropped off in recent weeks, but a win pumps up the spirits to get through the last few games of the year,’’ he said.
‘‘A few of the boys haven’t had a win for the club, so that was good for them.
‘‘I want to make it known the guys here this year have put in the hard work and hopefully we get everyone back here next year.’’
Efficiency in front of goal helped the Bloods establish a 16-point lead by quartertime, with six goals straight to Rumba’s 3.2.
However, the visitors got their run going in the second term to grab the lead with five goals to one.
They clung onto the lead at three-quarter time, but the writing was on the wall, as the home side registered seven scoring shots to two, before snatching a 10-point win in the last.
Henry Sannen and Ken Chellew were also in Tocumwal’s best, while Caine Atkinson, Shannon Atkinson and Michael Clarke battled hard for Rumbalara.
Rumba president Paul Briggs said while the result was disappointing, no-one at the club could begrudge the Bloods their moment in the sun.
The results leaves Rumba in 12th place on the ladder, one win ahead of Tocumwal.