IT WAS a story of inaccurate kicking and a late surge from the opposition as Lockington-Bamawm United fell to Huntly on Saturday.
The Cats’ 26-72 loss at the hands of the Hawks (two goals right before three quarter time and two as soon as the fourth quarter started did the damage) came about during terrible conditions in Lockington.
Cats playing coach Kahl Oliver said the nasty conditions made life tough for both sides, but Huntly handled the situation better.
‘‘It was windy and wet early, but it dried out after half time, and then it became blustery. It played a part in the contest as a low-scoring game.
‘‘In the end they probably had some bigger bodies that were able to push us off the ball a bit,’’ he said.
Even a captain’s knock from Liam Main could not be the difference. But, Oliver said it was an example for the rest of the Cats side.
‘‘Liam was best on again, and he is playing some really good footy. We hoped he would and now he is,’’ he said.
Oliver said his side was in the game for the most part, until the Hawks booted two quick goals at the end of the third quarter, when the momentum shifted.
‘‘We were in the contest all day, until about five minutes off the siren in the third quarter, where they got late goals and then basically broke away.
‘‘We were only down by two goals late in the third, so it was disappointing to lose by what we did in the end, it probably didn’t show the full story,’’ he said.
The Cats did not help their cause either, booting three goals, eight behinds on the day.
‘‘That kicking accuracy was down to the conditions I believe. Both sides had to take their chances when they popped up, and I think they did that better than we did.
‘‘At half time we thought we were in control of the match, and were well in it and then late in the third we had the same feeling but let some late goals through and they got some momentum,’’ he said.
Huntly was much more clinical with the boot, kicking 10 goals, 12 behinds to ensure victory went to the Hawks.
This weekend’s action for the Cats sees them travel to play White Hills away. It is a game which Oliver pinned down as potentially huge.
‘‘It’s a big game for us, we have White Hills on Saturday and then the bye, so we’re hoping to get back on the winners list this week and have good momentum going into the week off,’’ he said.
The match will be played at Tint-A-Car Oval in White Hills, with a 2.15pm kick off.