It was another tough day in the office for Mathoura in round eight of the Picola & District League on Saturday.
The Timbercutters were put to the sword by league leaders Waaia, going down by 135 points away from home.
Final score, Waaia 24.24 (168) to Mathoura 5.3 (33).
Mathoura co-coach Jack Keogh said he knew Waaia would be a cut above the class that Mathoura could offer, but was pleased with his side’s performance.
‘‘We pushed them for three quarters and then the last quarter was a bit of a downer when they kicked away with nine or 10 goals.
‘‘I think we had one on the bench from halfway through the second quarter and a lack of rotations killed us.
‘‘The boys were all labouring and we had no rotations,’’ he said.
No replacements off the bench were in part due to midfield maestro Jack Hughes going down with a hamstring injury.
‘‘He (Hughes) normally runs through the midfield for us, and we suspect he’s torn his hamstring, so he’s nursing it up.
‘‘We hope he’s right (for this week) because we have a good shot against Yarroweyah. We’re going in pretty confident and anything can happen out there,’’ he said.
It will be light training sessions this week on the track for Mathoura, with Hughes and Brayden Wheeler (knee) injured, with youngsters filling their roles.
‘‘Scott Eddy is an 18 year old who we called up when Scott Betson pulled out on Friday night. He played as a ruckman and battled hard all day and gave us a good contest,’’ Keogh said.
The Timbercutters are moving on from the loss quickly, with a big chance to return to the winner’s list this Saturday.
Mathoura are still bottom of the Picola and District Football League ladder, but are excited at the prospect of singing the song for the second time this year.
It won’t be an easy task however — the Hoppers are two spots above the Timbercutters on the PDFL ladder, with a solitary win over Tocumwal and a higher points percentage.
Keogh said the game would be taken as seriously as a grand final.
‘‘It is a game we should take points from, it’s like a final for us.
‘‘The boys are pretty keen to have a crack and there are promising signs.
‘‘Jerilderie are the only side out of the top eight we’ve played so these games are always good to have,’’ he said.
Waaia’s reserves were also dominant on the day, smashing the Timbercutters by 112 points.
Final score, Waaia 17.16 (118) to Mathoura 1.0 (6).
Mathoura were best served by Josh Cumberland, while Mark Fisher, Jaydan Vesty and Mark Eddy also battled manfully.