Smooth sailing for Lakers
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.
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.
No game was played.