Mathoura finally takes win

May 08, 2018

Mathoura senior footballer Jack Keogh. PHOTO: Sophie Burge/Pastoral Times

THERE were a few sore heads in Mathoura yesterday morning.

That’s because for the first time this season, the footballers won a game.

Holding out fellow strugglers Jerilderie by 11 points in front of the home faithful.

And there was extra reason to attend the after-match function, as both netball (also a winner on the day) and football have the bye this weekend.

In a low-scoring affair, Mathoura got out to a 21-point lead at half time and ‘‘hung on’’ until the final siren.

Timbercutters co-coach Jack Keogh said his side deserved the win, and executed the game plan well.

‘‘The head’s a bit sore, yes, but we’re over the moon,’’ Keogh said.

‘‘I said to a couple of the boys after the match that it’s a monkey off the back and it’s good to get the first win out of the way.

‘‘Now we’ve started something that looks a bit better than what we’ve been playing recently,’’ he said.

Keogh said with star ruckman Scott Betson out serving a week’s suspension, Harry Shirley filled the big man’s shoes.

‘‘Harry’s new, and stepped up to be our ruckman — he was on for us all day and copped knees and God knows what, and really provided us with a first touch through the middle.

‘‘He always brought the ball to ground and fought well in the ruck,’’ Keogh said.

Jerilderie turned up the pressure in the second half, recording 24 points, but the Timbercutters held firm to secure its maiden victory of the campaign.

‘‘They brought it to us the whole day really, but it’s a credit to us as well and shows how the boys have gelled as a team and are willing to fight for each other.

‘‘Credit to our backline who were there when they were needed,’’ Keogh said.

It will also be a day to remember for 15-year-old Jaycob Bydder, who came on in the final quarter to make his club debut for the winning side.

‘‘He’s been at the club for ages and so it’s nice to be able to reward him for it. It was a good taste for him, and we plan to keep blooding these young kids,’’ Keogh said.

The positives keep coming for the side too — they are expecting to have Betson back after the bye, along with four other players including Keogh, who is recovering from an AC joint injury.

Mathoura will continue to train throughout its break, with fitness the key to more success, Keogh said.

‘‘We’re having a boxing session this week, so it’s not running exactly but they’ll still getting something out of it. It just gives them a small break from running,’’ he said.

Following the break, Mathoura will play Rennie away from home.

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