Beugelaar frustrated by defeat
Tahs skipper demands better after loss to Pies
WARATAH’S captain Justin Beugelaar only used one word when summarising his side’s third loss to Palmerston this season — frustrating.
Waratah was forced into playing catch-up football from quarter time and paid the ultimate price for a series of skill errors when the Magpies held on to win by four points.
“Very, very frustrated is the best way to describe a loss like that,’’ a shattered Beugelaar told the NT News.
“I don’t know what it is with Palmerston, they’ve got us for the third time this season and let me tell you, it hurts.
“There were times in the game we gave away easy possessions by hitting their defenders with kicks inside 50 and that cost us in the end.’’
Waratah has not played finals football since the 2013-14 season and now has the Magpies and the fast-finishing Tiwi Bombers pushing it for an elimination final berth.
“It’s something we need to work on if we want to play finals because they are the games you have to win,’’ Beugelaar said.
“We beat the top sides and fall back to basic errors against the sides around us. It’s hard to understand why.
“We play pretty well against Nightcliff who we meet this week, so hopefully we can regroup and start to put our best foot forward.
“We’re sore and upset with ourselves right now, but we’ll assess things during the week after what was a big kick in the backside for the boys.’’
Classy defender Timmy Mosquito is gone for the season and Beugelaar is uncertain on his availability for the Nightcliff clash after straining a hamstring against the Magpies.
Tahs coach Ryan Ayres pointed to poor skill execution as the cause of the loss.
“We didn’t take the opportunities that presented themselves, even if you’re only five per cent off your game the opposition is going to make the most of it,’’ he said.
“Timmy going down early didn’t help us. He’s a legend of the game up here and a very important player for us when every game from now on is going to be a big challenge. There is no easy game in the competition at the moment.’’
Ayres will be busy on the phone this week in a bid to get former Melbourne goalkicker Michael Newton into a Tahs jumper.
“He told me he would have missed last week with an injury, but we’re confident he’ll be right for Nightcliff,’’ Ayres said.
“It’s something we need to work on if we want to play finals” JUSTIN BEUGELAAR