Mathoura well beaten after tough start

April 25, 2018

Mathoura's Jack Hughes in action on Saturday.

Mathoura co-coach Jack Keogh admits the season has not gone to plan following his side’s 135 point loss to Berrigan at Mathoura on Saturday.

The Timbercutters got off to a horror start in the Picola League round three match trailing by 65 points at half time.

Final score, Berrigan 25.11 (161) to Mathoura 3.8 (26).

Keogh said the loss was a bump in the road on the way to a much better side in future.

‘‘Yes it definitely didn’t go to plan. We certainly didn’t play as well as we think we can,’’ he said.

‘‘It was us taking a step back rather than forwards, after the last two weeks’ work, so we were a bit disappointed.’’

Injuries to three key players did not aid the struggling side as Berrigan swarmed the ball and hogged possession.

‘‘Andrew Evans at centre half-back did his hamstring, and we think he will be 50-50 for this week,’’ Keogh said.

‘‘Harry Shirley had a concussion but should be back this week because it wasn’t a terrible one, and I had an injury to the same shoulder (AC joint) I hurt earlier this year. That’ll be a couple of weeks (on the sidelines) again I think.’’

Despite a third consecutive defeat, Keogh said his side can take positives from the game.

‘‘It’s not what we were trying to achieve from the game of course, but in the first two weeks we only scored two goals and we kicked 26 points, so that’s a positive,’’ he said.

‘‘Everyone is sort of chipping in on and off the field which is fantastic for us as coaches.’’

It was a tough day for Mathoura’s reserves, falling to Berrigan by 91 points.

The Saints strangled the Timbercutters, keeping them scoreless in the second and third quarter to cruise to victory.

Final score, Berrigan 16.9 (105) to Mathoura 2.2 (14).

Josh Cumberland was Mathoura’s best while Paul Walker was the only player to hit the scoreboard with two goals

Others to play well were Braydon Wheeler, Damin Cers, Scott Eddy, Ash Cemino and Riley Flanagan.

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