Lo­gie on cloud nine

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Tocumwal play­ing coach Sean Lo­gie has sin­gle hand­edly steered his side to a 31 point win over Jer­ilderie fol­low­ing a nine goal haul on Satur­day.

In what was a close bat­tle through­out the day at Tocumwal Recre­ation Re­serve, the Demons had no an­swer for Lo­gie, with the on­baller play­ing as a deep for­ward for the ma­jor­ity of the game.

The win sees the fourth placed Bloods sit­ting two wins clear of fifth placed Ber­ri­gan on the Pi­cola League lad­der.

For the Demons their loss saw them drop to eighth spot, with Mathoura claim­ing their sec­ond win of the sea­son to leapfrog them.

Ja­cob Hore was one of Toc’s best along with Ol­lie Ren­nie, Dy­lan Mark, Pa­trick O'Brien and Troy Poyn­ton.

Jer­ilderie on­baller James Gil­li­gan used his pace to carry the ball for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to be named his side’s best with fel­low on­baller Chris Mar­shall throw­ing him­self at ev­ery con­test.

Blair Hen­ery ran tire­lessly all day for the Dees and Tom Bryce put in a gritty per­for­mance in the ruck.

James Brown­ing (two goals) took plenty of strong marks, even slot­ting a goal deep in the pocket on the run, while Bobby Arnold was com­mended for his de­fen­sive ef­forts.

Fi­nal score, Tocumwal 16.10 (106) to Jer­ilderie 11.9 (75).

Com­ing off a strong show­ing against Ber­ri­gan, the Demons were con­fi­dent of per­form­ing well against Tocumwal.

Some last minute with­drawals put some ex­tra pres­sure on Jer­ilderie, but the team re­sponded with a good ef­fort in the first quar­ter.

Marc Shaw used his pace up for­ward to takes some great marks for the Dees to keep them within seven points at quar­ter time.

The sec­ond term saw the Bloods con­vert their scor­ing shots bet­ter than the vis­i­tors lead­ing to a 28 point deficit at the main break.

Signs of im­prove­ment from Jer­ilderie be­came ap­par­ent though as they re­grouped in the third quar­ter to outscore Tocumwal.

The Demons went into the last term 20 points down and fought hard with Brad Parker (three goals) a strong fo­cal point up for­ward, but it was the Bloods who pulled away for the win.

Jer­ilderie coach Josh Hil­lary was im­pressed by his charges de­spite the loss.

‘‘Our main goal for the re­main­der of the year is to keep show­ing signs of im­prove­ment and we did that on the week­end,’’ he said.

‘‘There were some pretty one sided re­sults against us in the first half of the year so to get a bit closer to the other sides is pleas­ing.

‘‘As long as we can con­tinue clos­ing that gap then we should build up to be in the mix again in the com­ing sea­sons.

‘‘I have to give a spe­cial men­tion to Chris Mar­shall, James Gil­li­gan, Blair Hen­ery and Tom Bryce.

‘‘They play on­ball ev­ery week with ba­si­cally no ro­ta­tions and step up to the chal­lenge.

‘‘We’ve also made a few in­roads with some qual­ity play­ers in the thirds, so if we can keep them around a few more wins will be just around the cor­ner.’’

It will be a tough day for Jer­ilderie on Satur­day as they host lad­der leader Pi­cola United for round 13 of the Pi­cola League.

The last time they met the Demons were com­pletely dis­man­tled, only man­ag­ing two be­hinds for the game in a 184 point loss.

Hil­lary is hope­ful of a bet­ter show­ing from his charges this time around.

‘‘I’d like to think they can show up and be a bit com­pla­cent so hope­fully we can be com­pet­i­tive,’’ he said.

‘‘It’ll be a real test for us to see how much we have im­proved since that game.’’

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