Game turns on a lax free kick

By Brayden May

MOMENTUM in football matches can swing in an instant.

As Lockington-Bamawm United lined up for the first goal of the second half against North Bendigo in the Heathcote District Football League on Saturday, a free kick was given against the home side further down the ground.

From there, the Cats found themselves playing catch up as North slammed on 5.4 to zero for the term as the Bulldogs ran out 24-point winners.

‘‘The game shifted at that point,’’ coach Kahl Oliver said.

‘‘Kicking into the breeze we hand the opportunity to make a positive start and we let ourselves down.

‘‘The boys didn’t stop trying but we made life difficult and couldn’t wrestle momentum back.’’

On a day of frustration, Jeremy Mundie was a rock in defence as North struggled to find a way past him.

Throughout the afternoon, Mundie took multiple intercepts much to the delight of his coach.

‘‘To have double figures on a half-back flank is a huge effort,’’ he said.

‘‘Jeremy has been shaping up really nicely and has played his best two games against arguably premiership contenders.

‘‘He gave us drive going forward which was key when we were trying to work our way back into the game.’’

While two losses on the trot are frustrating for Oliver’s side, he is refusing to hit the panic button just yet.

‘‘We’ve identified the areas of our game which we need to work on,’’ he said.

‘‘Our opponents haven’t blown us off the park which is a good sign.

‘‘The club is really happy where they sit.’’

LBU will look to get back on the winners’ list on Saturday when they face Elmore away from home.

Despite the hosts having just two wins to their name, Oliver says a big challenge awaits.

‘‘We have a great chance to get some momentum back,’’ he said.

‘‘Elmore have come on leaps and bounds from where they were in previous years.

‘‘We’re going to need to play our best footy to get the four points.’’