Beuge­laar frus­trated by de­feat

Tahs skip­per de­mands bet­ter af­ter loss to Pies

NT News - - SPORT - GREY MOR­RIS

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

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