Bloods let lead slip

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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.

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