Nine big Macs, well fed

August 07, 2017

Congupna ensured this season would be its best since 2014 with an uplifting victory against Tongala on Saturday.

Congupna ensured this season would be its best since 2014 with an uplifting victory against Tongala on Saturday.

Playing coach Tyson McKenzie lit up Memorial Park with an outstanding individual performance, slotting nine majors to drag his charges across the line.

However, the forward heaped praise on his teammates for feeding him plenty of quality football.

‘‘I had a pretty good match-up down there, but it was the best the boys have ever delivered the ball to me,’’ McKenzie said.

‘‘We played four quarters of football finally, everyone contributed and we had no passengers.’’

After a tough first term, where both sides managed just five scoring shots between them, The Road took control of the contest and never looked back to reach three wins for the first time in three years (Congupna won four matches in 2014, two in 2015 and none last year).

‘‘The first quarter was just about getting used to the conditions, it wasn’t raining, but it was still a bit windy and slippery underfoot,’’ McKenzie said.

‘‘We just adjusted better after that.’’

Tate Mifka and Callum Whitehead each kicked two goals in the win, with Alex Overs and Ryan Barassi also important.

After a bye, The Road finishes the season with fixtures against Nathalia and Barooga, and McKenzie hoped his charges could use the clashes as a springboard into next year.

‘‘We’re happy with three wins at this stage, but it could have been more, three of our losses have been by 16 points and under,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s not an ideal way to finish the year, but it will be a good challenge to see whether we stand up and be counted or roll over and be content.

‘‘We have the opportunity to send a message to the league and say that we’re serious about improving.’’

For Tongala, an eight-point quarter-time lead evaporated quickly to hand the side its ninth loss in a row.

A positive for the Blues to take out of the defeat was an increase in attacking output, with a total of 9.6 (60) their highest score since round nine, where they booted 10.4 (64) against Mulwala.

Layton McCann and Corey Nexhip each kicked two goals, while Jack Monigatti, Jesse Robilliard and Bailey Waasdorp were standouts.

The Blues remain likely to keep ninth spot on the ladder with games against Finley and Rumbalara left in this campaign.

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