Long wait for Cats first win ends in emphatic style

June 20, 2017

THE WAIT for Lockington-Bamawm United’s first win of 2017 ended in style on Saturday as the Cats took apart Mount Pleasant for a 74-point win at the Nichol Trading Oval.

LBU in the process avenged its round one loss to the same opposition and showed it had made some strides despite its eight losses to start the season.

Coach Peter Gibbs said he was excited with what he’d seen from the side.

‘‘I saw young kids prepared to run, have a crack and take the game on,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s great, not just for our players but for the supporters; you could see the happiness, or relief, in their faces as we came off the ground.’’

The Cats turned up ready to play and before the Blues could settle in had raced to a 27-point quarter-time lead.

The domination continued in the second as they piled on another five goals for a 49-point half-time lead

Its scoring slowed down some in the second half, particularly thanks to 3.7 in the final term, but ran out comfortable winners 15.12 (102) to 4.4 (28).

Gibbs said credited the backline for its ability to completely shut down the Blues.

‘‘Defensively they were stoic, but they also ran well and created some handball receives,’’ he said.

Gibbs said a brilliant display from Meyrick Buchanan was one of the best performances he’d ever seen.

‘‘I haven’t seen anyone dominate a game like that,’’ he said.

‘‘He played through the middle; we don’t take personal stats but he would have had well over 40 touches and he uses the ball so well.

‘‘He set up a lot of our play, and not far behind him was his brother (Callum Buchanan); it’s a pretty good combination to have.’’

Zeik Johnston, Hayden Mitchell and Daniel Zegelin led the goalkicking for the Cats, each kicking three goals.

The coach made mention of strong efforts from young guns Mitch Candy and Jeremy Felmingham in the win.

‘‘I told them to keep running, because if they do no one is going to catch them,’’ Gibbs said.

LBU will look to consolidate the win with another one when it battles Elmore away next weekend.

■LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United’s netball side will look to improve on its solid form shown throughout the 11-goal loss to Leitchville-Gunbower when it faces Mount Pleasant this Saturday.

The game is a big one for the Cats’ finals hopes, with the Blues sitting in fifth place for the last available finals position.

The Cats are just one game behind though, and a win would keep them right in the hunt for finals.

They looked sharp throughout last weekend’s game with the Bombers for three quarters but were overrun in the last term as their opponent lifted to take the win.

The form overall has been lacklustre since the interleague bye, with consecutive losses to White Hills, Colbinabbin and LBU.

■THE BLOODS have got one back on White Hills in the Heathcote and District Football League, running out as seven-point winners in a thriller at Tint-A-Car Oval on Saturday.

James Harney had an absolute pearler, kicking six goals and being named best on ground.

Coach Danny Brewster said their ability to isolate key match ups in the forward line presented a lot of opportunities inside 50 which Harney capitalised on.

‘‘He plays a great role in the team and does a lot of work up the ground,’’ Brewster said.

Elmore Football Club had been building to this performance and could implement everything they had been working throughout the season in the one game.

‘‘What we’ve been trying to achieve we finally managed to put together at once for the first time in a while,’’ Brewster said.

‘‘We owed White Hills one after round one. We went into the season with some high expectations for a young group and they got the jump on us and showed us the level we needed to get to.

‘‘Our pressure and intensity and ball use when we win the ball all came together and is promising for the second half of the year.’’

The Bloods held off a late charge in the final term after setting up a 27-point lead at half-time.

The Dees were able to draw level twice in the fourth, but the Bloods steadied on both occasions and regrouped to get back on the scoreboard.

‘‘It showed a lot of character from the boys to regain composure and then score again after a few late charges from White Hills,’’ Brewster said.

‘‘Every player made an impact at some point in the game and it’s probably the first game we can say everyone contributed in a big way.’’

They’ll be looking to consolidate on a strong performance this weekend against Lockington-Bamawm United.

The Cats will come in confident after their first win at the weekend over Mount Pleasant and looking to get one back on Elmore as their only win in the first half of the season.

Mackenzie Whittle injured his calf in the second quarter and is likely to be out for two weeks, and Travis Mills will have to get through training this week after hurting his back in the second half.

■IN A grade netball Elmore went down to a dominant White Hills who returned to second on the ladder after a 33-goal win at home.

The Bloods did well to keep them to 47 goals having previously lost by 48 to the Dees in round one.

Scoring proved difficult though as their attack end combined for just 14 goals for the games.

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