Mulwala has been dealt a severe reality check, losing to Deniliquin by two goals.
After the celebrations from beating ladder leaders Nathalia last week, Mulwala put in a horrible performance with wayward kicking and poor decision making leading to a devastating loss.
It was hard to find the positives after the game with Mulwala’s leaders well beaten and many of the younger players struggling to put in a consistent effort.
Credit must go to a Deniliquin team whose game plan of playing two loose behind the ball was effective at limiting super star Ash Froud.
Froud certainly had his moments of class but was also part of the conversion disease that inflicted the team as they kicked four goals and 16 behinds.
Sean Johns played his role in the centre and stepped his game up a level in the last quarter in an effort to lift his team.
His ability to find space and use the ball was something that stood out in the disappointing loss. Beau Clarke was another who could hold his head high with several strong marks, competing against two opponents at times.
Cam Carling’s tackling and attack on the ball was also a feature, especially after missing several weeks with a concussion.
Down back Connor Sanderson was brave and put his body on the line with Nathan McNair also competing well in his first senior game for the year.
Some soul searching will be needed before focusing on the challenge ahead, with Barooga awaiting Mulwala at home this coming week.
With key players Jackson Gash and Nathan Parker due to return, Mulwala will be looking to bounce back in a big way.
Mulwala has thrashed Deniliquin winning by 20 goals in a dominant display.
After a relatively slow start Mulwala found goals through Jason Sanderson and Jarryd Wood and looked to be in complete control before Deniliquin hit back with two quick goals.
With all the play Mulwala soon responded and goals to Tom Beams and Ruben Butts pushed the lead out to a comfortable 24 points at quarter time.
The second quarter almost replicated the first with Mulwala on top but conceding two easy goals to keep Deni in the game.
Craig Frauenfelder used his experience to continually create the play while James Wilson put his stamp on the game with contested possessions and hard ball gets.
Undersized ruckman Jayke Nicholson was also superb and put in another quality effort.
Jake Savy was on fire in the third quarter and threatened to kick a bag before being banished to the backline for dropping a mark.
His partner in crime Jarryd Wood had presented well all day but also found himself moved to full back in an effort to open up the forward line.
Once again Tom Beams and Jason Sanderson hit the score board to open up a match winning lead for Mulwala.
Dave Nero and Ruben Butts provided the grunt work and led the way with their physicality and hardness.
Issac Bond and Nayte Houghton benefited most from the board shuffle at three quarter time and repaid the coach with a goal apiece.
Cooper Chung had put on a running clinic all game and continued the form into the last term.
After his 30th bounce for the game he dished one off nicely for the formidable Josh Canty who slotted one from 40.
With 14 goals in the second half Mulwala waltzed to the finish line with players lining up to kick the goals.
Jason Sanderson kicked four with Bailey Scott kicking three of his own - Bailey’s banana from the boundary line was certainly goal of the day.
Mulwala was well beaten this week after two consecutive wins.
With star Cody Howard once again playing in the seniors, Cooper Chung and Ricky Walker did their best to lift their team with Dylan Leadingham also fighting hard for possessions.
Big Beau Nixon was forced into the backline to stem the bleeding and he and Lachy Wood certainly played their part and stopped many attacks.
Robert Wilson has been the big improver this year and once again put into a determined effort and had a lot of the footy.
Mulwala went down swinging in the fourths and did themselves proud, fighting out the game until the end.
Sam Davis was electrifying on the big ground and used his pace to create the play.
Daniel and Addison Psaltiras also enjoyed the wide expanses at Deni and were still running machines deep into the last quarter.
Daniel Roberts played his best game for the season and continues to improve while Connor Phibbs looked in complete control every time he touched the ball and kicked a beautiful goal.
Jack Tout and Sam Davis also hit the scoreboard but were outdone by Flynn Fletcher who kicked three, including one from 50.