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Mathoura coach ‘gutted’

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Mathoura have made big strides in 2019 but they’ve now taken ‘‘three steps back’’ according to coach Darcy Robinson.

After pushing reigning premiers Rennie last week, the Timbercutters were flat from the outset as they suffered a shock 30 point loss at home to Yarroweyah in round nine of the Picola & District League on Saturday.

‘‘I’m gutted,’’ Robinson said.

‘‘It felt like we were expecting it to happen. We didn’t make the effort to have the game played on our terms.

‘‘The club is going to have these dark days with a young group. After our efforts in recent weeks it feels like we’ve gone three steps back from where we were.

‘‘But I’d still rather coach Mathoura than any other club despite the ups and downs.’’

Around the ground, Yarroweyah dominated the contested ball as the home side struggled to break the game open on the outside.

‘‘We were flat footed at the contest,’’ Robinson explained.

‘‘It didn’t allow us to get our style of game going.

‘‘Credit to Yarroweyah because they were just more desperate for the ball.’’

Mathoura’s woes were compounded when Che Taranto limped off with a suspected achilles injury before Jake Ellery suffered a possible broken cheekbone — with scans to determine the full extent of the duo’s injuries.

‘‘Losing guys out of your core group can break the team’s spirit,’’ Robinson said.

‘‘Heads started to drop and when that happens it can become a long way back for a team.’’

Already, the Timbercutters coaching staff have made it clear that a strong response is simply a must.

A 6am trip to the river on Sunday was the start of the road ahead to Saturday’s game against Tocumwal.

‘‘We need to show that our group can bounce back from adversity,’’ Robinson said.

‘‘Getting back on the winners’ list is the best starting point.

‘‘The boys are disappointed with what they produced and I think a better performance is coming.’’

Mathoura’s reserves sung the song loud and proud after a solid 32 point win over the Hoppers.

From the first bounce it was a scrap to see who could get the upper hand and fortunately for the Timbercutters, they grabbed the early lead and never looked back.

Final score, Mathoura 10.12 (72) to Yarroweyah 6.4 (40).

The win was highlighted by great efforts from Mitch Mulcahy and Dylan Sinclair in the middle while Wayne Phyland and Blake Keech held up strongly down back.

Others among the better players were Drew Austin, Daniel Morton, Mark Eddy and Andrew Simson.