Monto Roos get stung by the Cher­bourg Hornets

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

A LAPSE in at­ti­tude al­most proved costly for the Cher­bourg Hornets af­ter they let the Monto Roos slip through their de­fence in the first-half.

At the top of the lad­der, the Hornets are in a very favourable po­si­tion but coach Frank Malone warned they still needed to be cau­tious.

“We started off the way we wanted,” he said.

The Hornets set com­ple­tion was high and they opened a scor­ing ac­count first at their home­ground, Jack O’Chin Oval on Satur­day.

Malone said the Hornets dropped their in­ten­sity from there and the Roos snapped back.

“From there we didn’t take con­trol of the game like we wanted,” he said.

“Our at­ti­tude dropped and al­lowed Monto to come back.

“We took Monto too lightly.”

The steady lead built up in the open­ing stages of the first-half was whit­tled away by the Roos. By the sound of the half-time siren the Roos had pulled back the score to 24-12 in favour of the home team.

But the sec­ond-half was very much a one-sided story af­ter the Hornets re­turned to the field with a re­ju­ve­nated sense to win.

The home team hit Monto hard and pum­melled on the points to win the game 66-24.

Up against Mur­gon at the week­end, Malone said the Hornets could not af­ford to play a first-half like they did at the week­end against the Mus­tangs.

Malone said the Hornets had to match the in­ten­sity of the sec­ond-half of play.

“There needs to be more talk and com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the end,” he said.

De­spite be­ing up against the odds play­ing more than four hours away from home, Roos cap­tain Damien Zi­eth said there was some po­ten­tial to be found in his team de­spite strug­gling in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’ve had a cou­ple of big losses,” he said.

With a team which reg­u­larly changes from year to year Zi­eth said it was tough to build strong team chemistry.

The Roos were also miss­ing a cou­ple of play­ers so it was tough for them to fill the gaps and stop the Hornets from run­ning through.

“We just ran out of steam,” Zi­eth said.

–Kea­gan El­der

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