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One last shot at win number four

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

HEART and pride alone was not enough to get the job done for Mathoura against Katamatite in the Picola and District Football League on Saturday.

The Timbercutters fell by 39 points at home to the Tigers in their penultimate game of the year.

In search of an astounding fourth win of the year, Mathoura was less than three goals off the pace at half time.

But with limited rotation off the bench and the wrong decisions often being made by the young group, the Timbercutters let the Tigers run away in the final stanza.

A fourth win of the year would have been a fantastic result for the club, as Mathoura had only recorded one win in each of the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

But it wasn’t to be, and Mathoura will finish the 2018 PDFL season outside the eight, as high as 10th or as low as 12th, depending on results.

Mathoura co-coach Jack Keogh said that while he was ‘‘relatively pleased’’ with his side’s performance, but felt there was still a lot left to be desired.

‘‘We didn’t play to our full potential,’’ Keogh said.

‘‘Our fundamental skills were down and our disposals weren’t where they needed to be to win the game.

‘‘We were that close to a potentially top eight side, so in that respect we were relatively pleased. If we tightened that side of our game up we probably would have won.

‘‘After the game we all said on a different day we would have had them,’’ he said.

Keogh said statistically the game was a lot closer than the score board suggested it was.

‘‘The pleasing thing was we weren’t that far behind them on the inside 50 count,’’ he said.

‘‘I think we were only five or six behind them and that was really pleasing.

‘‘We normally aim for about 80 tackles a game, and we weren’t too far off that with 71 I think.’’

For its final game of the year, Mathoura will travel away to sixth-placed Rennie.

‘‘They’ve hit their straps recently and have secured some big name recruits recently, and all we can expect from our team is effort,’’ Keogh said.

‘‘If we can do that we’ll stay with them I think.’’

Three Mathoura players are likely to not board the bus to Rennie however, as Scott Betson injured his elbow, Lachie Vagg injured his ankle, and Lachie’s brother Anthony Vagg twinged a hamstring.