The Timbercutters were made to fight hard but they held on for an important win.GEORDIE COWAN June 10, 2014 3:02am
Mathoura produced its most important win in almost three years when it defeated Blighty by nine points on Saturday.
Against an opposition which has defeated them by an average of 146 points in the past five matches, the Timbercutters established a handy lead early in the match and held on to win 17.5 (107) to 14.14 (98).
After a relatively even first quarter, Mathoura registered its second-highest score in any quarter this year to boot seven goals to one and take a 30-point lead into half-time.
‘‘Everything we spoke about came into play,’’ Mathoura coach Mick McInnes said.
‘‘The pressure and tackles were applied to them, we got our hands on the footy, we were very clean with our skills, hit targets, moved the ball forward quickly and we got the score on the board.
‘‘It was just good teamwork. There wouldn’t have been one player that didn’t do anything.’’
The team continued its aggressive style until about midway through the third term when it tired a bit, but still held the same advantage going into the last quarter.
Blighty then came back again, kicking five goals to two, but the home team held on to win by nine points.
‘‘After having a six to seven-goal lead they pulled it right back, but it was good to get over the line because it gives the team belief,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘When they were coming at us, once we got the ball we showed good poise and didn’t panic.
‘‘The way they were coming at us, you thought they were going to get over us, but that poise we showed was really good and it should hold us in good stead.’’
Another important factor in the win was the team’s kicking for goal, which saw 17 majors scored from 22 shots.
‘‘The way we brought the ball in was better, through the corridor,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘Last week the chances were from the boundary line, but this week we made a big effort to work through the corridor.’’
The coach praised the game of Brodie Unwin, who was the team’s best player in his first senior match of the year.
‘‘His poise and skills by foot were really good in the back line,’’ McInnes said.
Fellow defenders Nick Tucker and Dan Gretgrix also impressed, while David Reardon booted five goals in attack and Justin Allingham added three.
‘‘Onballers Tim Sparey, Brett Weldon and Rodney Reeves also gave us a lot of run and carry,’’ McInnes said.
Nathan Kavanagh was the only serious injury concern for the day, getting a knock to his knee, but the coach was hopeful he could recover soon.
‘‘We’re pleased to get another win on the board against these sides we’ve wanted to beat,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got a couple of tough games coming up but then hopefully we can start to get some belief on the run home.’’
Sam Singleton, Jarrod Wilson (three goals) and Judd Barnes were the best for the Redeyes.
The win lifted Mathoura into seventh place on the ladder, ahead of Yarroweyah on percentage and means the team is just four points behind fifth-placed Blighty.
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