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.

Photo: Luke He­mer

Heath­cote’s Dil­lon Hardy hurls him­self at LBU’s Jarod Ba­con dur­ing the HDFNL se­niors foot­ball match on Satur­day.

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