Scott Baldwin has celebrated his record-breaking 386th game for Tocumwal with a thrilling two-point win over rival Deniliquin in Picola District Football League’s north-west division.
Despite trailing by three goals at quarter-time, the Bloods swung the ascendancy in their favour kicking five straight goals to lead at the main break before clinching a vital four points, winning 11.3-69 to 9.13-67.
Nick Braybon’s charges will be left to rue their missed opportunities, having had eight more scoring shots as they went on to lose the game.
Brody Lumbar (Rovers), Dylan Flanagan and Sam Boake (Bloods) all kicked three majors for their respective sides, while Baldwin became the visitors’ most decorated senior footballer.
Baldwin, who surpassed Rob Crow’s long-standing senior games record, now holds the honour of playing the most senior games at the Bloods after 22 decorated years in defence.
Meanwhile, Lumbar was named best for the Rovers, as Zeke Flanagan tore it up for the eventual winners.
●Strathmerton flexed its muscles on Saturday to defeat Berrigan by 51 points, winning 11.4-80 to 4.5-29.
Crestani, who was his usual productive self, booted four goals at the weekend to take his seasonal tally to 15, while Daniel Ellis also chipped in with two of his own.
Isaac Bunge and Matt Shannon were also dominant for the Bulldogs, as was Mark McQualter who fought a gallant contest for the Saints.
The hosts jumped out to a five-goal lead at quarter-time on Saturday before stretching the margin at every break as they went on to hold the Saints goalless in the final term.
The result also sees Tim Bramich and Michael Laidlaw’s side jump the Saints into third position, while the visitors now slip into fourth position.
●It was all one-way traffic in Yarroweyah, although unfortunately for the host it was Picola that was doing all the running.
The reigning premier proved far too strong for the Hoppers, running out a comfortable 147-point winner.
The final score read 5.0-30 to 25.17-167, with United kicking eight of its 25 goals in a rampaging first quarter.
Scott Miles (5), Blake Jorensen (3) and Thomas Byrnes (3) kicked a majority of United’s goals, although, in what would be a pleasing sign for coach Jon Varcoe, the visitors had 13 individual goal kickers, the most all season.
The victory sees United now establish a stranglehold on top spot, with Varcoe’s men sitting one game and 40 percentage points better than their closest rivals.
Miles was awarded best-on-ground for United, with Ashley Weldon and Desmond Morgan also featuring prominently.
Paul Massingham is still yet to claim his first win as senior coach after eight games, while Geoffrey Benson (2), Daniel Rushby (2) and Andrew Jones tried to ensure victory last weekend, but their goals proved to be nothing but a consolation for the cellar-dwellers.