LOSS PROVES COSTLY

Rochester's Char­lie Ward has no time to think in a pres­sure sit­u­a­tion against Eu­roa on Satur­day.

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By AN­DREW JOHN­STON

IT wasn’t meant to be for Rochester.

The Tigers put on a strong per­for­mance, but miss­ing some late op­por­tu­ni­ties saw the side go down to Eu­roa in Goul­burn Val­ley League foot­ball by 14 points on Satur­day.

The loss sees the Tigers (with four wins, four losses) slip to eighth on the lad­der.

Rochester coach James Fla­herty said it was dis­ap­point­ing for the side to lose a close match.

‘‘We could have been bet­ter,’’ he said.

‘‘We played well for the ma­jor­ity of the game, and we put our­selves in a po­si­tion late where we prob­a­bly could have won the game.

‘‘We just made a few mis­takes in front of goal. It’s far from ideal, but it’s some­thing from.’’

Fla­herty still praised his side for their per­for­mance on the day.

‘‘We were com­ing up against a re­ally strong op­po­si­tion mid­field,’’ he said.

‘‘It was al­ways go­ing to be a chal­lenge to go head to head with them, but our side went toe to toe with them for the whole match.

‘‘It’s a pos­i­tive sign as it shows that we are able to match it with good sides through­out the match. There were a lot of good things to take out of the match.’’

The club now turns its at­ten­tion to Satur­day’s clash with sec­ond placed Be­nalla.

And the day has some added mean­ing for the club, with cel­e­bra­tions to be held for the tenth an­niversa- that we can learn ry of the clubs stun­ning 2008 premiership.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a won­der­ful day for our foot­ball club,’’ Fla­herty said.

‘‘We’re hop­ing to see a lot of the past play­ers of the club in to cel­e­brate the day, and hope­fully there will be a lot of sup­port­ers com­ing along to cel­e­brate as well.

‘‘With a packed crowd, the sup­port for our team will be high and hope­fully we can de­liver for them.’’

Fla­herty is well aware of the chal­lenge for his team.

‘‘Be­nalla have been a very good side this year,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve pro­duced some re­ally strong foot­ball this sea­son; they’re where they are on the lad­der for a rea­son.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult, but we are ready for the chal­lenge.’’

Mag­i­cal premiership re­called, page 13

Pho­tos:Bruce Povey.

Tiger Jack­son McEwen is caught in a Mag­pie sand­wich.

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