By Sam Watson

IN NORMAL circumstances, Foster would’ve pencilled in a percentage boosting win against Boolarra on Saturday.

But the yellow and black flag fancy were dealt a big blow when it was decided play would resume without Melbourne players on Saturday.

The travelling Tigers had to forfeit their reserves side due to a lack of numbers, so it was clear they’d be up against it in the seniors.

Foster was able to put one goal on the board in the first quarter, while keeping Boolarra, who were fighting to avoid a wooden spoon, to just two points.

Tom Littore was playing well down back for the Tigers and Josh Toner was finding plenty of the footy in his move into the midfield.

Playing his first senior game of 2021, veteran Tod Holman was also getting his hands on the Sherrin quite often.

In the second quarter, Foster were able to add two more goals with young gun Zane Duursma hitting the scoreboard but Boolarra also kicked two goals to head into half-time five points down.

The Demons came out roaring in the third quarter, booting four unanswered goals to get a 21-point lead.

Oliver Callcott and Brad Coates tried to fight back hard for the Tigers, but they could only manage two points for the quarter.

Foster was still in the game in the last term, but Boolarra were able to hang on, adding one goal to seal a 20-point victory and make sure they didn’t finish on the bottom of the ladder.

Foster coach Sam Davies said: “It was a character-building day; you can only laugh.”

The loss sees the Tigers drop beneath Fish Creek into fourth position and they’ll be against the odds again, when they take on Toora without their Melbourne players this week.