TONGALA was unable to snap its losing streak in the Murray league on Saturday, falling by 26 points to Cobram at Scott Oval.
The Blues led early in the game but couldn’t match their opponent for scoring power, a 35-14 count of scoring shots an indicator of what control Cobram had on the contest as well as their wastefulness in front of goal.
Coach Travis Edwards couldn’t have been much more disappointed with his side than he was.
‘‘We gave ourselves a realistic chance this week,’’ he said.
‘‘Unfortunately we delivered our worst performance and got convincingly beaten all over the ground.’’
He was scathing in his critique of his young side.
‘‘Our attack was average, our mids were beaten and the defensive side of our game was non existent,’’ Edwards said.
‘‘(It was) a really average display, which we can only improve on, and I am confident we will.’’
Tongala took the lead early in the game and could have entered quarter-time feeling confident on the back of an 18-9 scoreline.
But Edwards said the score flattered his side.
‘‘We led on the scoreboard, but only through their inaccuracy,’’ he said.
‘‘In essence we were convincingly beaten from the start.’’
The woeful efficiency in front of goal from Cobram continued with 3.18 at half-time, but the Tigers were able to wrestle the lead from the Blues to sit ahead by four points at the break.
The third quarter was a decisive battle, and Cobram showed its class to take the quarter five goals to three and was well poised at three-quarter time with a 17-point lead.
Tongala fought on but couldn’t do enough to get the victory, and went down 10.4 (64) to 11.24 (90).
Without Cobram’s poor kicking in front of goal, the margin could have been far worse for the Blues.
‘‘They managed a lot of shots on goal, those they missed certainly can’t be attributed to our pressure,’’ Edwards said.
‘‘They just miskicked some, which I am sure they’ll improve on next week.’’
Corey Nexhip returned from a two-game absence to be best afield for the Blues, and along with captain Jordan Souter led the Tongala goalkicking with two goals.
‘‘Corey Nexhip was a welcome return and took some really good contested marks,’’ Edwards said.
‘‘Nathan Torney and Bailey Waasdorp continued to deliver consistently good performances, a result of their attitude to training, the game plan, their team mates and game day.’’
Edwards said the long list of injuries meant the club would give further opportunities to develop the club’s young talents.
‘‘We have been really struck with injuries, a lot of long term ones,’’ Edwards said.
‘‘More opportunities now present for player development as we continue to strive for future improvement and success as a football and netball club.’’
The Blues slip to an 0-4 record but would be confident they can beat Congupna when the sides meet next weekend at Tongala Recreation Reserve.