Pryde on the line

April 16, 2018

Pryde on the line: Tongala's Michael Pryde (left) was one of his side's better players in last week's drubbing at the hands of Nathalia. Michael Pryde Harrison Hawks


It’s not a lack of talent or skills that was Tongala’s downfall this week.

It was first half effort.

Coach Jordan Souter said his side had not performed to their best in awful football conditions in Finley, with his side falling by 67 points to the undefeated Cats.

‘‘It was pretty disappointing,’’ Souter said.

‘‘Our effort in the first half of the game was not up to the level we want it to be at.’’

Souter was not willing to allow the weather to be an excuse for his team’s performance on Saturday.

‘‘Obviously the weather does affect the way that you play,’’ Souter said.

But the thing is both sides went out there and played in the same conditions. But Finley played to the conditions better than what we did.

‘‘They played direct footy, they tried harder to get the ball into their forward line in a way that we probably weren’t able to match, we mucked around with it a bit which was pretty poor from us.’’

Tongala were only able to put through three goals on the day, though Souter said his forward line had an off day.

‘‘Three goals is far from ideal,’’ Souter said.

‘‘But in the two weeks before that, we kicked 10 and 18. We’ve been pretty good in front of goals in those games, it’s just an issue of working harder to get a better result.

‘‘We will continue to work hard on the track and I think we will put forward a better performance in the next game.’’

The next game sees Tongala entering new territory — as they become the first of our local sides to battle a former PDFNL club when they go head to head with Katandra.

Souter said it’s a big challenge for his club.

‘‘It’s something very different to go against a side you’ve never played,’’ Souter said.

‘‘I have friends who have played against them in the past, so you can ask them but you also don’t know how much the team has changed.

‘‘It’s a huge new task for our club, but it’s one I’m really looking forward to.’’

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