The Cootamundra Blues losing streak extended to three on Saturday as they were comfortably beaten by the Woden Blues.
Playing on a waterlogged EPC Solar Park in Canberra, inaccuracy in front of goal from their opponents kept Cootamundra within striking distance for the majority of the game, but the Blues fell away towards the end, going down 4.2.26 to 10.14.74.
The first quarter was a see-sawing affair with Woden kicking the opening goal of the game before Cootamundra could respond through coach Joe Scott.
Scott, despite battling a shoulder complaint, gave his side every ounce of effort he had.
Woden would steer home a second major before Ben Bungey added his name to the goal scorer’s sheet.
Bungey was unstoppable all day, dominating his wing and putting together yet another best on ground performance for his club.
With the middle of the ground being reduced to a swamp, Cootamundra’s on ballers found life difficult.
Ruckman Brad McNamara worked relentlessly all day to try and get his side rolling forward.
Aaron Basham and the returning Andy Merritt both had to work hard for their touches but relished the opportunity to get through the physical stuff.
In the absence of co-captain Phil Bird, Jacob Tiernan stepped up to lead the on-ball unit.
Tiernan was asked to play a number of different roles throughout the game and worked tirelessly from start to finish.
In difficult conditions for defenders, the Blues back six did their best to make life difficult for Woden.
Cody Jordan again led from the front and was among the Blues biggest contributors for the day.
James Ross continued his strong run of form with another classy display off the back flank as well as through the middle.
Ross was well supported by the ever-improving Will Holt who was a thorn in his opponents side all day.
Starved of footy, the Blues forwards were forced to work well over halfway to find the ball in an attempt to influence the game.
Harvey Holt played his best game of the year, providing a target across halfway.
Brother Nick Holt also had an influence despite limited opportunities, kicking a classy dribble goal from the pocket in the third quarter.
Angus Ross toiled hard and continually found himself with the football as a result.
Goals: Bungey 2, Scott 1, N.Holt 1. Best: Bungey, Pearson, Tiernan, McNamara, Jordan.
The loss has seen the Blues fall to sixth on the ladder, but the side are still within touching distance of a coveted top four spot.
Cootamundra has one last chance to turn their form around before the bye as they welcome the Ainslie Saints to Clarke Oval this weekend.
In their previous meeting, the Blues were able to run out 37-point winners.
The game will be the second of a double header at Clarke Oval, with the Yass Roos playing a ‘home’ game at Coota against Ainslie’s fourth grade side as a curtain raiser to the main game.
The fourth-grade clash will commence at 12pm with Cootamundra’s game beginning immediately after at 2pm.