Bloods let lead slip
It was a four-goal final term that saw Deni Rovers steal a win from visiting Tocumwal in slippery conditions at Memorial Park on Saturday.
The Rovers were 21 points down at the final break but were kicking with a strong breeze in the last term to forge a stunning comeback.
Final score, Deniliquin Rovers 8.8 (56) to Tocumwal 8.6 (54).
The Bloods went into the game without injured cocoach Sean Logie, which was a massive out for the visitors.
The first term was evenly matched, with both sides moving the ball well in the muddy conditions. They went goal for goal, with Deni’s Brayden Jones opening the scoring, marking on the goal-line all by himself.
Dylan Flanagan then struck back for the Bloods kicking his first, before Scott Cuffe marked 20m straight in front, kicking truly for the Roos.
The Bloods replied late in the first through Max Brooks to even the ledger at 2.2 apiece.
The breeze picked up in the second term and it was Toc which made the most of its opportunities by kicking 4.1 for the quarter to take a nine-point lead into the break.
Flanagan was in great form grabbing the ball like it was a dry day and Ste- phen Patten found plenty of it through the middle for the visitors.
The Bloods had the wind in the third quarter and dominated play around the ground for a 21-point lead at the final break.
A couple of attempts at goal that would have put the Rovers under pressure were missed early in the term, with kicks dropping short into the wind.
It was Jones with his second major that got the ball rolling for the Rovers, and then the May brothers — Andrew and Dylan — both scored in quick succession, before young gun Nick Hay kicked the sealer.
Toc managed to move the ball forward in the final few minutes but only managed two behinds.
The Bloods were best served by Scott Baldwin and Matt Peterson, with Brooks, Patten, Jack Fogarty and Keith Baron also solid contributors.
Tocumwal’s Scott Baldwin wraps up Terry Lumbar in a tackle.