Error-filled loss Lions’ ‘worst game in years’
“Must try harder” is the message Mt Albert Lions league coach Brent Gemmell is giving his players after a disappointing 25-18 loss to the East Coast Bays Barracudas on Saturday.
Gemmell says a high error rate and penalty count cost the reigning Fox Memorial champs during vital stages of the match at Fowlds Park.
“Fatigue had an impact on our defence and led to some pretty poor ball control,” he says.
“Unfortunately it’s probably the worst game we have played in the last two to three years.”
He admits winning one week and losing the next makes it difficult to get on a roll.
“Traditionally we’ve slowly improved throughout the season. This year we’re dealing with a whole set of different emotions.”
“The most frustrating thing is you can see the potential there. We’re just not delivering on it.”
But he says it’s still early days in the competition and is confident his side has the players to defend the title.
“We’re still sitting third on the table and we’ve got the playing numbers.
“We’ve showed plenty of character and effort. Now we’ve got to ensure we engage our brains as much as our hearts.”
Meanwhile the Marist Saints couldn’t overcome the Papakura Sea Eagles, going down 40-32 in a high-scoring affair at Prince Edward Park.
In the second-tier Sharman Cup, the Bay Roskill Vikings defeated the Pakuranga Jaguars 32-24 at Blockhouse Bay Reserve.
However it wasn’t such a great weekend for the Richmond Bulldogs, who lost to the Howick Hornets 26-12 at Paparoa Park, while the Ponsonby Ponies succumbed to the Mangere East Hawks 3422 at Victoria Park.
For more information on this week’s matches visit www. aucklandleague.co.nz.
Bursting through: Mt Albert Lions second-rower Movete Otoota sneaks past East Coast Bays centre Andrew Green during their Fox Memorial club rugby league match at Fowlds Park.