Timbercutters show signs of improvement in tough match.GEORDIE COWAN April 7, 2014 3:44am
Coming up against the reigning premier was always going to be a tough task for Mathoura and while the team was comfortably defeated, coach Mick McInnes was encouraged by the second half performance.
The Demons blitzed the home side in the opening two quarters, kicking 11 goals to none, before eventually winning 19.12 (126) to 2.9 (21).
While the margin did breach triple figures, it was dramatically less than any of the past four encounters between the sides.
‘‘It was a bit of a touch up,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘But they are reigning premiers and you never know what a team is going to be like from year-to-year.
‘‘Our mistakes ... we made that many that we just gave them easy goals.’’
The coach changed a few things at half-time, such as the forward set-up and putting players on to Jerilderie’s onballers, resulting in some good signs.
‘‘As hard as it is to lose by that much, you can see some positives from the second half,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘I said to the support staff, we probably needed one more practice match.
‘‘They jelled a bit and will hopefully go better in the next game.
‘‘There will be improvement each time we play because we’re a whole new group.’’
McInnes was impressed with the performances of Josh Roberts and thirds player Ash Vesty on the wings, while new player Nick Tucker impressed in defence.
After kicking 222 goals last year, Nathan Rowbottom held Aaron Purcell to six majors, with David Gregory also booting six for the visitors.
Matt Nunan was good on the ball after half-time and new player Heath Thompson was good in the ruck and in the forward line.
David Reardon and Nathan Kavanagh kicked the team’s two goals.
With the bye next week, Mathoura will now look to improve its game again and aims to win at home to Yarroweyah in its next match.
‘‘Like every coach says, you learn more from your losses, so we’ve got a fair bit of work to do in the next two weeks,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘We know exactly how far off we are.’’
■ The Timbercutters enjoyed a winning start to the season in the reserves, overcoming the Demons by 32 points, 11.6 (72) to 6.4 (40).
Mathoura set up the match winning lead in the first two quarters, leading by 27 points at half-time.
Jamie Hermans, Jeremy Pearson and Jordan Mitchell were the best players for the team, with Beau Duggan-Hulands kicking five goals.
For Jerilderie, Greg Lawton kicked three goals and the team was led by Marc Shaw, Paul Evans and Joel Bryce.
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