TERANG Mortlake is finally on the winners’ list in season 2018, with the Bloods overrunning Warrnambool late on Saturday at Reid Oval.
After leading by a goal at three quarter time, the Bloods found themselves trailing midway through the final term, before late goals handed Terang Mortlake a 10.10 (70) to 9.9 (63) victory.
Coach Michael Sargeant was pleased to get the first win on the board and was happy his side made its fourth quarter count against the Blues.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.
“In the last quarter we put a few demons to bed, a few of our last quarters have been poor.
“We were 13 points down at one stage in the last quarter.”
The game was close for most of the day, with neither side able to gain a comfortable margin in a “very contested” affair.
“It wasn’t one to watch for the spectators, it was very scrappy,” Sargeant said.
“It was just two teams who haven’t won a game chasing hard for that win.”
Sargeant said his side was still meeting their “key performance indicators” across the day but said their skill level hurt them at times.
But he said his side was able to rectify the problem late in the game, which proved telling in the result.
“In the last 10 to 15 minutes we started to hit our targets and they didn’t and that was the difference,” he said.
Jess Budarick was lively up forward for Terang Mortlake kicking five goals in a best on ground performance, while Alex Moloney, Jordie McKenzie and Joe Arundell also performed well.
“Jess was the obvious standout,” Sargeant said.
“But in the second half Alex got on top across the ground as did Jordie.
“And Joe hit his targets in the second half.”
The Bloods will now face North Warrnambool at Mortlake this Saturday, with the Eagles currently chasing an elusive first victory.
Sargeant is mindful of the Eagles and said his side would have some key focus areas for the match but needs to perform well to notch up win number two.
“They’re probably going to come out all guns blazing (having not won yet),” he said.
“With the Hampden league this year, you’ve got to be pretty close to your best each week to get the win.”
Netballers suffer final quarter fadeout
UNFORCED errors are proving costly for Terang Mortlake’s open netballers after the side suffered an eight goal defeat to Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Bloods were within reach of the Blues at three quarter time before running out of legs in the final term as the Blues ran away with a 53-45 victory.
Coach Lisa Arundell said there were plenty of “promising signs” to take out of the game despite the defeat.
“Like every other week, we started strongly,” she said.
“We faded after half-time but were still only four or five goals behind at three quarter time.
“But we just couldn’t make up that ground.”
Arundell said her side’s mental capacity along with inexperience and youth had attributed to Saturday’s fade-out.
She said the focus had been on ensuring her side did not make the same mistakes they had made in early matches, using the narrow loss to Camperdown as an example.
In that game, the Bloods lost by a goal but Arundell said she felt her side threw away valuable opportunities under perceived opposition pressure.
“The last few weeks we’ve been making mistakes that are costly,” Arundell said.
“But I’m really pleased we cut down on the amount of mistakes we are making (against Warrnambool).”
Arundell said two of her defenders and two of her attackers had made strong starts to the season.
“Brooke Hoare from Kolora Noorat has been fantastic and Libby Moloney has been wonderful,” she said.
“And up the other end, Jacqui Arundell and Gabby Beaver have been fantastic too.
“Our combinations are just starting to gel.”
Despite being winless, Arundell said it was a matter of keeping the “spirits up” within her ranks and ensuring her players continue to learn each week.
“I’m never going to be happy sitting back waiting for the win to happen,” she said.
“But my role as a coach is to mentor them and develop them and push them through this.”
They take on top side North Warrnambool at Mortlake this weekend against opposition Arundell expects to be similar to a side the Bloods have already faced.
She said her side would focus maintaining their skill level for and eliminating those costly mistakes she has seen in earlier games.
“We just have to keep improving and cutting out those mistakes and try not to force those errors,” Arundell said.
“Cobden were strong defensively against us and forced us into errors and I think North will be similar defensively.”