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Tocumwal fi­nally scores first win in 2012 Mur­ray League sea­son

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

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.

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