Er­ror-filled loss Lions’ ‘worst game in years’

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

“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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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