Myrtleford Times

Lions lose another close match, to the Hoppers

- BY NATHAN DE VRIES

WHOROULY Lions came tantalisin­gly close to victory once again on Saturday, the tides shifting against them in the final quarter against Moyhu to lose 9.17 (71) to the Hoppers’ 11.10 (76).

The Lions came out firing, tearing open a 20-point lead by quarter time with 4.4 (28) on the scoreboard.

They eased off a fraction in the second, allowing the Hoppers to kick five goals and snatch a one point lead at half time.

The back-and-forth battle continued for the remainder of the game, with Moyhu clinching a five point win.

Whorouly coach Ben Kneebone said that while his boys obviously felt deflated after the match, there were a lot of positives to take from the close match.

“There were periods in that game where we probably could of and should of pulled away,” he said.

“We created plenty of scoring opportunit­ies and couldn’t convert, but full credit to Moyhu, they stuck around and applied pressure particular­ly in that last quarter they had momentum and kept coming and we weren’t able to match that and pull away.

“I think the beauty is you get to have a crack next week and we take plenty of positives out of the game.

“We kicked 17 behinds so we’re getting scoring opportunit­ies, we just didn’t convert on the weekend.

“There’s an inner confidence amongst our players that our best footy can certainly stack up against a lot of sides.

“We don’t go away from what’s working for us, there’s a few tweaks to address but all in all the group will be hungry as ever to get into it.

“There’s a lot right and of course it’s not the start we were after but we are still feeling pretty positive as a group; it’ll turn, I’m confident in that.”

Kneebone was happy with the performanc­e of first-gamer Lachy McCartney, and the continued form of vice captain Ben Paul.

“He’s been our best player in both weeks and certainly been a very consistent, good performer,” he said of Paul.

“Paul Glanville put in another solid game, shoulderin­g a fair bit of the ruck duties.

“Andy Newton (three goals) played a really solid game, his attack on the ball and intensity around the footy has been fantastic.

“Our list has some depth so there’s some selection challenges every week which is fantastic; unfortunat­ely we’ve had some guys missing out, there’s genuine competitio­n for spots so training numbers are good.”

The Whorouly reserves had a better day on the park, blowing Moyhu away 7.5 (47) to 17.6 (108); Gene Marek kicked five for the Lions, Simon Chalmers kicked four, and Hamish McLeod and Adam Harris turned in commendabl­e performanc­es.

The Lions will host Bright on Saturday, and Kneebone has nothing but respect for the Mountain Men.

“Bright are a very strong side, we know that and they’ve shown that,” he said.

“I don’t think round one was very reflective of the talent they’ve got, and they were quite strong against Tarrawinge­e and they were grand finalists in 2019.

“We go into that game with a lot of respect for Bright, they’re very even across the board and they’ve got some good local talent.

“We’ll have to be at our best to be in that game, but we believe we can have a good crack at them, to be sure.”

The Lions had a better day on the netball court that the footy field, with Whorouly coming out on top in A Grade, B Grade and B Reserve matches.

The Lions sit at fourth on the A Grade ladder, and will face eighth place Bright at 2.30pm at the Whorouly recreation reserve this Saturday.

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