Smooth sail­ing for Lak­ers

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORTS - By Lewis Fis­cher

Nagam­bie has notched up an­other win to ex­tend its so-far per­fect start to the sea­son.

Away from home and with­out key play­ers, the Lak­ers could have been on the back foot against Mer­rigum but in­stead se­cured a per­cent­age-boost­ing win.

The Lak­ers took the lead early, boot­ing six goals to the Bull­dogs’ three in the first quar­ter.

Show­ing their strength de­fen­sively, the Lak­ers re­stricted Mer­rigum to just one goal in the sec­ond while their at­tack piled on an­other five goals to ex­tend the lead to 45 points at the long break.

Mer­rigum came out fight­ing in the sec­ond half and kicked three goals while it kept Nagam­bie to just one in the third quar­ter but it was not enough to bring it back into the game.

Assert­ing their dom­i­nance, the Lak­ers kicked four ma­jors and kept Mer­rigum goal­less in the fi­nal term.

An­thony Haysom was the lead­ing goal kicker with four while brother Daniel was named best on ground.

Lak­ers coach Linc Sullivan said he was pleased with how his team adapted to the changes.

‘‘The boys who came in played their role and we prob­a­bly won ev­ery po­si­tion on the ground,’’ he said.

Miss­ing the likes of Michael Roberts, who played a ma­jor role in Nagam­bie’s first two wins, as well as the pres­ence of Brett Con­nors and Nathan Fothergill, the Lak­ers proved there is plenty of the depth in their squad.

‘‘We do ro­tate a lot of blokes through dif­fer­ent po­si­tions so when this sort of sce­nario oc­curs where you have four of prob­a­bly your top 10 miss­ing, they can come in and play po­si­tions that aren’t com­pletely for­eign to them,’’ Sullivan said.

Just three games into a long sea­son, Sullivan said the team wasn’t get­ting ahead of it­self just yet.

‘‘Three wins is great, but we’ll need to be at our best again or close to this week,’’ he said.

He ex­pects his side to be back to full strength against Vi­o­let Town this week with a full squad avail­able for se­lec­tion. Score: Nagam­bie 16.4 (100) d Mer­rigum 7.8 (50) Goals: A. Haysom 4; D. Lowry 3; M. Water­son, H. Tay­lor-Lloyd 2; T. Muir, D. Haysom, H. Lowry, W. Ul­rich, B. Biggs Best: D. Haysom, B. Hut­ton, M. Shiels, J. Hut­ton, B. Har­ri­son, M. Shad­bolt.

Re­serves

The Lak­ers’ re­serves side has had a strug­gling start to the 2017 sea­son, and they were un­able to con­tain Mer­rigum de­fen­sively in this match.

Get­ting on the score­board has been a ma­jor is­sue for the Lak­ers, who’ve been un­able to link up and cre­ate chances in their first two matches.

De­spite the st­ing of a 62-point loss, the Lak­ers kicked nine goals for the match, more than they did against Avenel and Stan­hope in their first two games com­bined, which could be a sign the team is fi­nally start­ing to gel. Score: Mer­rigum 19.7 (121) d Nagam­bie 9.5 (59) Goals: B. Tay­lor-Lloyd, M. Mens­feld, M. Wat­son 2; J. Shep­herd, L. Mor­ris­sey, J. Lloyd Best: M. Martin, J. Lloyd, J. Shep­herd, M. Mens­feld, H. Heath­cote, M. Wat­son.

Thirds

No game was played.

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