HEATHCOTE’S senior football side was brought back to earth on Saturday with a 66-point defeat at the hands of Lockington-Bamawm United in the Heathcote and District Football League.
After the euphoria of a first win two weeks ago, the Saints travelled to Lockington to battle with the Cats with real confidence.
Unfortunately for the visitors, it would be a disappointing performance with the margin of victory kept somewhat contained due to LBU’s wasteful kicking at goal.
The day started well for the Saints with Louis Piccolo kicking the first goal of the game within minutes of the start but that would be the only positive for the match.
From that point on the Cats took over and overwhelmed a disappointing Saints combination.
For much of the game, LBU outworked and outplayed the Saints.
Despite their dominance, the Cats kept Heathcote in the game with poor conversion but the Saints’ skills broke down under pressure.
For much of the year, Heathcote’s defenders have worked hard to keep their team in the game but they were overwhelmed on the big Lockington ground.
Dillon Hardy was outstanding in defence all day, frequently mopping up LBU forward moves, but he received little support.
Tom Pain once again never gave in and Darcy McLean and Tom Bourke battled against overwhelming odds.
The move of Dan Russell into the ruck late in the game gave the team a lift and his performance gives the coaching staff food for thought.
The Saints now have to put the match behind them and prepare for their big clash with North Bendigo at the Barrack Reserve on Saturday.
Heathcote’s Dillon Hardy hurls himself at LBU’s Jarod Bacon during the HDFNL seniors football match on Saturday.