Baysie puts the bite on Li­ons


Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

THE South­ern Li­ons hosted Perth-Bayswa­ter at the Li­ons’ Den in Cock­burn at the week­end in blus­tery con­di­tions that did not favour ei­ther team.

It was a crunch game for both teams, with Baysie run­ning out win­ners 36-19.

A new-look Li­ons out­fit took to the field with three of their reg­u­lar back­line miss­ing and two of their three Force play­ers un­avail­able due to pro­fes­sional com­mit­ments.

Coach Brett Fell said good teams didn’t make ex­cuses and while the team had a plan and trained the plan, they failed to ex­e­cute it.

“Our dis­ci­pline cost us to­day and you can’t do that at this level,” he said.

Ex­e­cu­tion eluded the Li­ons, with poor dis­ci­pline cost­ing SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS them penal­ties and mo­men­tum across the park.

Many good pas­sages of play were un­done by poor de­ci­sion­mak­ing.

Baysie, on the other hand, seized ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that came their way and scored three times, twice from deep in their own half from turnover balls.

There were some pos­i­tives for the Li­ons, with their set­piece look­ing strong at both li­ne­out and scrum and the han­dling in the con­di­tions was gen­er­ally good.

Hooker Josh Haynes was in­dus­tri­ous, as were all the for­wards, un­til he was con­cussed in the sec­ond half.


Flanker To­masi Bu­lu­nakoro was a stand-out per­former while Force player Ma­sivesi Dakuwaqa made the most of what lit­tle ball came his way, wor­ry­ing the op­po­si­tion when­ever he got the ball in hand.

The loss sees the Li­ons sit even on four wins and four losses so far this sea­son.

The only se­nior grade win of the week­end came from the com­bined side the South­ern Lionesses/Wan­neroo Di­vaz, who de­feated the Cottes­loe Sheg­ulls 25 - 17.

The South­ern Li­ons Un­der 8s were also in­vited to play in a pre-match game be­fore the Western Force game on Satur­day night.

The Perth Li­ons are off to a great start in the WA Net­ball League, beat­ing the Wheat­belt Flames 71-44.

South­ern Li­ons’ Joel Lam­a­toa eludes the de­fence, ably as­sisted by cap­tain Brad Fell.

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