Blues go into finals 16-0

Kerang accounted for Tooleybuc/Manangatang on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

The Blues were decisive after a slow start, claiming their 16th straight home-and-away win over Tooleybuc/Manangatang at Tooleybuc.



The Saints had the better of play initially, with Kallen Heslop booting the opening goal of the game for the home side.



And with Jaden McGrath, Ryan Gillingham and Travis Matheson all registering points before the Blues could score a major, the Saints looked full of running early.



But when McGrath and Gillingham combined out of defence to find Troy Thamm in the goal square for a six-pointer, the visitors hit the front and would not be headed again.



In the absence of fellow big man Andrew McDonald, Thamm stood up to provide the visitors with a strong target in the first half, finishing the game with six.



The Blues were again well served by Gillingham and McGrath, with midfielders Troy Coates and David Spriggs also putting in important performances and assistant coach Travis Matheson impressing in defence.



For the under-manned Saints, coach Jack O’Rourke was a four-quarter performer, while Craig Morris and Ryan Standen impressed.



Young player Frankie Robinson was again good in difficult circumstances.



The 21-point quarter-time margin might have been greater but for some inaccuracy in front of goal, with the Blues registering nine behinds from 14 scoring shots.



The Blues steadied in the second term, however, and after coach Paul Grayling kicked the quarter’s first goal, Thamm, Greg Dickson and David Spriggs were all in on the action, keeping the scorers busy.



Kerang flexed its muscle with a decisive eight-goals-to-one quarter, taking a match-winning 76-point lead into the main change.



And while the departure by stretcher of Thomas Brownbridge had Blues supporters worried, the young star was reportedly traveling okay after tests in Swan Hill.



For the Saints, Matthew Hooker provided some highlights to be the standout on the scoring sheet with two goals, while Ben Arentz also chipped in for a major.



But with just four goals for the day for the Saints, the final margin was always going to be decisive.



And the Saints could not match Kerang’s 15-goal second half, with the home side’s two third-quarter goals being their last for the day.



Thamm chipped in again for a goal in the last term – one of seven for the Blues in the quarter – rounding off his six for the day.



Kerang will now have the week off before semi-final weekend, with Tooleybuc/Manangatang’s season finishing in 10th spot with five wins.

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