Coleambally co-coach Tom Groves led the Blues superbly
A rushed behind in the dying stages of their round four encounter at The Rock has delivered Coleambally their first win of the season, and one of the club’s most enjoyable victories in some time.
After a horror first two games against North Wagga and Temora, the Blues returned from the bye and produced a dramatic boilover at Victoria Park, scraping home 10.6 (66) to 9.11 (65).
The result consigned The Rock-Yerong Creek to a third straight loss and could yet prove a particularly costly missed four points later in the year. But for the Blues, it was a result to inject hope into the season, and reward for resilience.
“It was one of the best wins I’ve been a part of in my time at Coly,” Coleambally co-coach Mitch Carroll said.
“It was pretty good. We had a couple of 100-point shellackings in the first two games so to come back and get the points today was good. The boys were ecstatic.
“It’s good to give the boys a bit of belief.”
The visitors stuck with the Magpies for the first half but were 10 points down at three-quarter-time and in danger of battling away to a brave loss. Carroll praised their intent, particularly when the Pies threatened to get away.
“Our tackling pressure was up in the third quarter. We ended up with 15 in the quarter and 50-odd tackles for the game,” he said.
And they threw key defender Tom Morton forward at times in the second half, intent on pursuing victory rather than noble defeat.
Hunger helped them outscore the Pies with four goals to two in the last term. And they were pressing for one more late to break the deadlock when that minor score did the job.
“She was a bit of a nail-biter. It was a nervous last 10 minutes,” Carroll said. “We kicked one and they got one and we were even. Then there was the point and we kept asking how long, and it went our way.”
Midfielders Tom Groves, Brayden Scarr and Joel Crowhurst led the way, working hard throughout and young forward Jack Cullen finished with three goals after being tied up with junior rep duties previously.
“We haven’t had a target up forward so it was good but we’re putting a lot of pressure on some young blokes, asking them to play key roles,” Carroll acknowledged.
“But our young blokes have been good. Like Tom Mannes in the back pocket, he’s been given a job there, and it’s been good having the blokes around and helping the young blokes.”
Matt Murray (four) and Derek Murray (three) dominated the Pies’ scoring options, although Matt had gone forward when a knee worry prevented him continuing in the middle.
Tom Yates, Daniel Steele and Fraser Yates were the pick of the Pies.