Change of league a winning formula

Tocumwal coach Danny Kirchen.
Tocumwal coach Danny Kirchen.

TOCUMWAL’S move to the Picola and District league has paid immediate dividends with the Bloods defeating Blighty by 15 points in Saturday’s opening-round at Blighty.

After going through last year in the Murray league without tasting victory, Danny Kirchen’s charges proved they will be competitive by leading at every change.

Kirchen said it was a reasonable first-up performance.

“It was good for the club to have a win,” Kirchen said.

“It’s been a while and not many of the boys knew the song.

“We had control of play in the first half and probably didn’t put on enough scoreboard pressure.

“It ebbed and flowed a bit after that.”

Defender Eli Boyer was a fine contributor for Tocumwal across half-back while Michael O’Riordan had his moments across half-forward and Nathan Tresize was damaging in defence and on the ball.

Drew Plattfuss and Tristan Wilson were good players for Blighty.

Jerilderie looked ominous in thrashing Mathoura by 105 points.

With David Gregory and Aaron Purcell bagging six goals each, the Demons did as they pleased with Jarrod and Casey Hillary in the thick of the action.

Berrigan opened its season with a comfortable win against Picola United.

Kyle Russell was best on ground with four majors while Brock Gray and Chris Patten also made strong contributions.

Yarroweyah proved too strong for Deniliquin Rovers.

Strathmerton had the bye.