TERANG Mortlake coach Michael Sargeant conceded his side missed an opportunity to defeat Koroit in their round nine Hampden league clash last Saturday.
The Bloods trailed by almost five goals at half-time of the match before a third quarter charge had the visitors well placed for a final term surge.
But Terang Mortlake could only manage one behind in the final quarter, with the 7.8 (50) to 4.11 (35) loss the Bloods’ fifth of the season.
Sargeant said his side was a bit disappointed to lose but was happy with his players’ efforts after entering the match on the back of a good run of recent form.
“It’s a bit disappointing we let one slip, but overall we’re pretty happy (with the performance),” he said.
“We went in quietly confident (of winning) knowing we’ve been playing good enough footy the last five to six weeks.”
The game was played in “terrible conditions” and Sargeant said after looking at the footage, the Bloods had their fair share of the play but could not capitalise early.
Down the other end, Koroit made the most of their opportunities in the second term, and punished the Bloods on the scoreboard.
“We missed some real gettable goals in the first quarter and they kicked a couple of soft goals in the second,” Sargeant said.
The Saints went into half-time 29 points ahead, but ran into a resurgent Bloods outfit in the second half.
Terang Mortlake reduced the margin to eight points at three quarter time and with a quarter to play, the Bloods were eyeing off a come from behind victory.
However, the experience of Koroit pulled through as the Saints responded at the start of the final term.
“We changed a few things up in the third and kicked four goals and started to get on top,” Sargeant said.
“But they kicked the first one in the last and that deflated us a bit.”
The remainder of the quarter was a battle between both sides to score with neither side able to kick a goal as Koroit kept its unbeaten record intact with a 15 point victory.
Alex Moloney, Joel Moloney and Lachie Wareham were named in the best for Terang Mortlake.
“Alex Moloney was terrific, he played ruck and rucked all day without a break,” Sargeant said.
“Joel Moloney was good, the day really suited him.
“And Lachie Wareham at centre half forward was real good as well, it was tough conditions for a forward but he presented well.”
At the halfway point of the season, Terang Mortlake boasts a 4-5 win loss record in fifth position, with injuries hampering the Bloods in the first half of the season.
Sargeant hopes their luck on the injury front improves as the season progresses but he admits the Bloods are positioned lower than anticipated.
“We’re a bit below where we wanted to be, but we knew we would be a work in progress,” he said.
The reserves also went down to the Saints, suffering a 5.5 (35) to 2.4 (16) loss.
Ben Finnerty, Gus Bourke, Mitch Carlin, Matty Arundell, Nathan Jones and Lachie Barr all played well for Terang Mortlake.
And the under 18.5s were also defeated, going down to the Saints 11.11 (77) to 2.1 (13).
Ryan Tanner, Harry O’Sullivan, Caleb Scanlon, Sean Battistello, Jack Lehmann and William Kain were the Bloods’ best.
This Saturday Terang Mortlake hosts Camperdown at D.C. Farran Oval coinciding with the club’s ‘Celebration Day’.
Bloods stretch reigning premiers
A YOUTHFUL Terang Mortlake open netball side pushed Koroit until the final whistle of its Hampden league clash last Saturday.
The Bloods unveiled the likes of Alice Tanner and May Suhan in the clash with the Saints as coach Lisa Arundell looks to develop the club’s juniors over the coming games.
Terang Mortlake finished the 44-39 defeat strongly in the second half after Koroit established an early lead.
The Saints raced out to a nine goal quarter time lead with a 16-7 quarter and had extended the margin to 15 by half-time.
The Bloods outscored Koroit by a goal in the third quarter and then finished with a 15-6 final term to get within five goals as the final siren sounded.
Jacqui Arundell, Brooke Hoare and Lisa Couch all played well for the Bloods, while Jess Davis (24 goals) also had a good game.
At the halfway point of the season, the Bloods are ninth with just the one win from their opening nine matches and will be looking to keep improving in the second half of the season.
In the remaining games, Terang Mortlake recorded two wins, with division one and the 15 and under sides both triumphing.
Division one recorded a six goal win (45-39) against the Saints, with Jessie Meade, Jess Davis and Lisa Couch all playing well for the Bloods.
April Harris was named best on court alongside Alice Tanner and Claudia Lee in division two’s 30-22 loss.
In division three, Koroit held on to defeat the Bloods 32-27 as Terang Mortlake’s best players went to Rachel Hammond, Jacinta Wareham and Chloe O’Brien.
The 17 and under contest went Koroit’s way, despite the best efforts of Alice Tanner, Elizabeth Cook and Amy Kavanagh in the 43-28 defeat.
Sophie Lehmann, Maddison Chesshire and Grace Wareham all played well in the Bloods’ 23-22 15 and under victory.
And the 13 and under side also suffered a loss, going down 19-10 with Niamh Scanlon, Alice Suhan and Leah Dickson the Bloods’ best.
On Sunday the 16 and under side lost its match to the Hawks 29-7 despite strong performances from Matilda Hetherington, Jada Kenna, and Chelsea Carlin.
And the 14 and under side also lost to the Hawks 23-9, with the best players awarded to Annalise Abbott, Taliah Kelly and Chloe Anderson.
This weekend Terang Mortlake hosts Camperdown at D.C. Farran Oval, while the junior sides travel to Leura Oval to face the Magpies.