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Cutting down losses

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April 17, 2018

MATHOURA is steadily improving, despite Saturday’s 78-point loss, the side’s playing co-coach says.

The 78-point loss away to Strathmerton was an improvement on round one’s 138-point loss to premiers Picola United.

Mathoura playing co-coach Jack Keogh said he is confident that if his side continues to play the way they are, the results will follow.

‘‘We found it hard to break them down from full forward and we only had about 20 inside 50s for the day. We’re improving though, there’s no doubt.

‘‘After the game I said that the only thing wrong with that performance is that there’s an ‘L’ next to our name on the score sheet. The boys fight hard all day and they want to win.

‘‘That’s what we’re looking for as a coaching group, and to continue the development of our younger guys,’’ he said.

The game was not helped by playing conditions.

‘‘It was horrible, for most of the game there was a four or five goal wind advantage. There was two quarters of sideways rain as well. It wasn’t the worst conditions I’ve ever seen, but it was pretty horrendous,’’ Keogh said.

Former Echuca United youth player Che Taranto played his first game for the club on the day.

‘‘He played at full back and kept their full forward to two goals and just absolutely wore him like a glove. He came across this year from United. I’m stoked with him to be honest,’’ Keogh said.

‘‘(Strathmerton) were pretty clean, to our boys credit they battled hard all day and I think that the conditions on the day we handled fairly well. In the quarters they had the wind they could have kicked about seven or eight more but our defence was good.

‘‘If we continue to develop over the next couple of weeks, hopefully we can come away with a win. We’re focusing on movement with the ball and we’ll try to devise some strategies at training for rectifying some problems at half forward,’’ he said.

This weekend’s action holds Berrigan at home for Mathoura — a side with a win and a loss from the opening two rounds. That match kicks off at 2.05pm.

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