Lions de­feated by Ea­gles de­spite late come­back

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

A sec­ond-half come­back couldn’t save Fox Memo­rial club league cham­pi­ons the Mt Al­bert Lions from their first de­feat of the sea­son, go­ing down 26-18 against the Pa­pakura Sea Ea­gles on Satur­day.

Mt Al­bert coach Brent Gem­mell says his side came back well af­ter be­ing down 20-0 at the break, de­spite an av­er­age per­for­mance in the first half.

“We had a bit of a chat at half­time and the boys worked a lit­tle harder for each other.

“I felt we al­ways had the op­por­tu­nity to come back stronger. Twenty points proved too much in the end.”

He says there are a num­ber of youngsters in the squad who were al­ways go­ing to find it chal­leng­ing to go up against a team like Pa­pakura.

“They’ve got a strong side this year, so it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough ask.”

And de­spite the de­feat, Gem­mell is con­fi­dent his side are still on the right track.

“In all hon­esty the loss will prob­a­bly do us more good than harm.

“It’s the re­al­ity check we need to work a lit­tle bit harder.”

Mean­while the Marist Saints con­tin­ued a good run of form, de­feat­ing the How­ick Hor­nets 52-20.

But it wasn’t a great week­end for other lo­cal sides, with the Rich­mond Bull­dogs go­ing down to the North­cote Tigers 22-16, while the Man­gere East Hawks thrashed the Bay Roskill Vik­ings 5016.

And the East Coast Bays Bar­racu­das took out the Pon­sonby Ponies 40-8.

This Satur­day Mt Al­bert host Rich­mond at Fowlds Park, Marist lock horns with North­cote at Mur­ray Hal­berg Park, Bay Roskill face How­ick at Blockhouse Bay and Pon­sonby take on Hi­bis­cus Coast at Corn­wall Park.

Matches start at 2.30pm.


Wrapped up: Pa­pakura Sea Ea­gles’ Trenu Poila is tack­led by Mt Al­bert Lions team­mates Matt Strum, left, Sala Faal­ogo and David Fisi­iahi, right.

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