EVEN in losses, teams can identify the positives.
Individual brilliance, a great goal or a tackle, or even better when the team put together its best play of the day.
Following Moama’s 35 point loss to Mulwala, coach Mark Lloyd was able to identify one quarter of football as the highlight of a dismal day for his Magpies.
‘‘I think we were fantastic in the third quarter of the game,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘We kicked three goals four, so the kicking could have been a bit straighter, but we held them to not kicking a goal until very late in that quarter and thought we were really in the game.’’
Mulwala was able to kick the final goal of the third quarter in the last few minutes.
Before that was kicked, Moama had pulled to within two points of their opposition.
And Lloyd believed his side was a real chance.
‘‘When we got to that point of the game, before they kicked a late goal in the third, we felt like we had the momentum on our side and that things were starting to fall into our favour,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘Unfortunately that late goal probably had an impact on where we were mentally and cut us down a bit.’’
While Lloyd was happy with the third quarter performance from his team, he said it isn’t something that his side can hang their hats on going forward.
‘‘We really did put on a good quarter there, but you don’t win games of football by only playing one good quarter. We know that is we are going to win games as this season goes on then we need to be putting out four quarters of really good football.’
Lloyd said his team wouldn’t put any blame on the weather, but admitted it was a challenge for his side to get through.
‘‘It was obviously really windy on the day and the rain was coming down pretty heavily. It’s always a challenge to be playing wet weather football because it does impact the way that you play the game. That said the weather was at its worst in the third quarter when we were playing our best football.’’
Lloyd said his team would need to continue to work on their use inside forward 50.
‘‘We got the ball inside our attacking 50 a lot and were able to keep it in.
‘‘The problem is that once we got the ball inside we weren’t able to score how we would like to.
‘‘Obviously being able to kick more goals during the game is something we are going to have to do if we are going to get the wins on the board that we want.’’
Lloyd says he wants his club to be able to stake a claim for a finals spot.
‘‘There is going to be a log jam at the end of the year for clubs trying to get a finals spot. We want to improve well before that as we want to be a finals side and know we will be playing at the time of the year.’’