MATHOURA are showing signs that wooden spoon candidates should not be showing.
Signs such as posting more than 50 points against a top six side; boosting their points percentage in that game; and feeling confident about taking points in the coming fixture.
But that’s exactly what the Timbercutters managed to do away from home against the Katunga Swans on Saturday.
In fact Mathoura kept pace with the Swans in two of the four quarters, but a disappointing first and last quarter let the score blow out to the 58-point margin.
Mathoura coach Jack Keogh said if his troops had stuck to the game plan in putting 100 per cent in from the first bounce, the scoreline could have been much closer.
‘‘We had a slow start and they kicked seven goals to our two in the first quarter. We had spoken about before the game that if we wanted to keep with them then we have to start quick.
‘‘But then after a rev up we responded well and played well in the second and third. We were only about four or five goals down at three-quarter time and within touching distance but unfortunately we couldn’t stay with them for the full game,’’ he said.
Keogh was confident that his side could regain momentum after the side’s five-goal win over Yarroweyah the week before this loss.
Eleventh-placed Tocumwal is the game Keogh is pushing for as the team’s third win of the year.
‘‘Tocumwal has won once against Jerilderie and it won’t be easy but the form we’re building certainly puts us in good stead for a win.
‘‘If we can keep pushing these top eight sides then by the end of the year we could well have a few scalps. We have to win six or seven to get there (finals) but it shows good progress and is something to build on,’’ he said.
The club will be on show as Mathoura holds its sponsor day against Tocumwal — all the more reason for the Timbercutters to put on a show, and prove they are not just there to make up the numbers in the Picola and District Football League.
A win on Saturday could put Mathoura in ninth, on the brink of a finals berth, putting pressure on the likes of Rennie and Berrigan.