Picola United comfortably overcame Mathoura on Saturday as the reigning back-to-back premier started their title defence in style.
United comprehensively dispatched a young Mathoura side by 138-points in the opening round of the Picola and District Football League at Mathoura.
Picola United coach John Varcoe said he was more impressed with his side’s defensive efforts than the forward line.
‘‘We try and get a balance between offence and defence, and to be able to hold a team to one goal is a strong performance defensively,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘We probably lagged a few times and could’ve been better up front. Probably just having defence and offence structured and organised and down pat is our next goal.’’
Mathoura’s co-coach Jack Keogh said he was proud of his side in the way it finished the game.
‘‘We’re just a young side that has been together since Christmas, while they have been together for about three or four years and have won two premierships in that time,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s definitely a tough assignment first up (playing United), but we’ll bounce back and we hope to build on it rather than be too disheartened.’’
Keogh said his side has the potential to do great things this season and were a long-term project.
‘‘After half time I think (Picola) thought we’d lie down and even though we were down the effort was still there,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s absolutely a lot of potential, the oldest guy in the team is 28, but most are 24 and under.
‘‘We’re not looking short-term, this is definitely us looking to keep the team together long-term,’’ Keogh said.
In the meantime, Keogh’s Mathoura will line up against Strathmerton this weekend.
‘‘We have Strathmerton over there. It’ll be good to have these teams first up as it shows us where we’re at and shows us where we want to be,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll have a tough night on Tuesday and work on a few things we thought we struggled with and hopefully the efforts are there and we can give them a good run for their money on the day.
‘‘We’ll have two or three guys come back for that one as well, so that’ll help.’’