MATHOURA Football Club’s confidence was shattered on Saturday, going down to a top five side by 169 points in the Picola and District Football League.
Four late changes hurt the Timbercutters as eight players were then made to play two games for the day.
Mark Eddy, Trent O’Callaghan, Jack Jennings and Nathan Rowbottom backed up their game in reserves to play in the senior side and Riley Flanagan, Jack Lothian, Scott Eddy and Matthew Druitt had already played in the thirds.
Coach Phil Hazelman said it unsettled the side and they went into the game with their backs already against the wall.
But the most disappointing part was the side’s lack of effort and unwillingness to take the game on when things were down.
‘‘The week before we were beaten soundly, but the effort was still there,’’ Hazelman said.
‘‘This week it felt like the boys gave the game away which was disappointing to see.’’
Hazelman was back in the side and even with his on-field leadership it wasn’t enough to get the home side into the game.
He made some impact with one of two goals for the game, the other going to Jake Toll.
Hazelman said it would take more than a few players returning to start putting wins on the board.
‘‘Our issue (on Saturday) was application,’’ Hazelman said.
‘‘It was probably our worst performance for the year.
‘‘We didn’t apply ourselves to the game.
‘‘Our tackle count was down by almost 60 per cent and even when the wind was in our favour we couldn’t seem to win centre stoppages and get any ascendency.
‘‘We were able to defend reasonably well in the first quarter against the wind, but made a few silly errors which resulted in goals against us.’’
Mathoura was scoreless in the opening term while the Saints used the wind to their advantage to kick nine goals.
Berrigan moved the ball well out of half-back and played strong attacking footy, which they continued in the second to outscore the home side five goals to seven to one goal.
Already trailing by 94 points the Timbercutters could only try and peg back the margin as best they could.
The Saints strung together seven goals in the third and another five in the last for the convincing 182-13 victory.
Dougal McKindlay continued his consistent form to be best on ground for a second consecutive week.
‘‘He’s only 19-years-old and has quickly developed as one of the hardest working centre-half-backs in the competition,’’ Hazelman said.
‘‘He defends incredibly well and plays good attacking footy from there.
‘‘He’s been one of our stand outs all year with Jack Keogh and Lachlan Vagg (also both in the bests).’’
Hazelman hoped to put the game behind them and look to this week against Jerilderie, another game Mathoura would enter as underdogs.