Campaspe News - - SPORT - By AN­DREW JOHNSTON

THREE quar­ters of strong foot­ball. Then a fade-out. It’s the story of Rochester’s match against Kyabram in the Goul­burn Val­ley League on Sun­day.

While the Tigers trailed at ev­ery change, by three-quar­ter-time the deficit was only 26 points.

If the Tigers played their best foot­ball, they could maybe do the im­pos­si­ble and bring the mighty Kyabram Foot­ball Club to its knees.

In­stead, the Bombers blew them out of the wa­ter.

They kicked 8.6 to just the sin­gle be­hind in the fi­nal quar­ter and the Tigers hopes were gone.

“They’re Kyabram,” Tigers coach James Flaherty said.

“You can give it your all in a game like that, but if you aren’t per­fect, they will get you.

‘‘We faded late, which was ob­vi­ously pretty dis­ap­point­ing, so they got over the top of us af­ter that and we were done.”

Flaherty said while the end­ing of the game was dis­ap­point­ing, there was no need to over­re­act to the fi­nal quar­ter fade­out.

“This isn’t a com­mon thing for us this year,” he said.

“It was ob­vi­ously very dis­ap­point- ing for things to go the way they did in the fi­nal term, but it isn’t like this has hap­pened to our team mul­ti­ple times through­out the year.

“We will ob­vi­ously dis­cuss it this week and try and fig­ure out why this hap­pened. But we don’t need to change any­thing in how we train and how we play to avoid this.”

Flaherty said his team’s game plan re­mains strong and he ex­pects it to con­tinue through­out the year.

“What we have been work­ing on through­out the year has worked for us,” he said.

“The game style we have been work­ing with through­out the sea­son has been pretty ef­fec­tive and has de­liv­ered us the re­sults that we have wanted.

“Our plan for the week is to con­tinue to work on what we know. We have not been per­fect this year, we have el­e­ments of it that need to get bet­ter. But that’s some­thing that isn’t be­ing forced by a re­sult, it’s be­ing forced by our own de­sire to get bet­ter ev­ery week.”

The Tigers now turn their at­ten­tion to their trip to Euroa.

“They’re a great side and that’s not an easy trip to make,” Flaherty said.

“It’s go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game, but will be a great test of where we are at.”

Photos:Bruce Povey

Rochester’s Tim Letcher marks strongly in front of the pack and well in front of Kyabram’s Jason Mor­gan while (right) Tiger de­fender Matt Kel­lett does his best to pre­vent a left-foot snap on goal from Bomber spear­head Kayne Pet­tifer.

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