Went through motions

June 12, 2017

Mooroopna's Ashley Lancaster tries to put Kyabram's Elle Groves off her shot as both players were named among their side's best.

Taking control: Kyabram's Jemma Osborne flicks a pass away, as the Bombers claimed 16-goal win despite coach Belinda Lees saying the side was flat.

Mooroopna has slumped to its fourth loss in a row.

After warning the Goulburn Valley League of its presence in a brilliant start to the season, the past few games have not yielded as much joy for Jenni McCluskey’s side.

Kyabram is the latest in a string of teams to defeat the Cats, toppling Mooroopna by 16 goals, despite it not being one of the Bombers’ best games.

Having fallen at the hands of all three Shepparton sides in the rounds prior to Saturday, McCluskey’s side has fallen outside of the six as the attack fails to reach its potential.

But there are no such troubles with its defence as Maddie Wong and Ash Lancaster repeatedly the side’s best players.

Kyabram let Mooroopna continually stay close in the first half, as the Bombers could only manage a four-goal lead at half-time.

Bombers coach Belinda Lees said her side never reached its full potential, losing concentration during the match.

‘‘We were flat across the four quarters, we showed some spurts of brilliance, but all in all it was very flat,’’ she said.

‘‘We were all off, there wasn’t a lot of talk on the court and the connections were off and we were just flat.

‘‘Even the huddles were flat and we were just going through the motions.’’

For the second straight week the Cats fell down in the third quarter, shooting just six goals as Lees said that was a term where her side found glimpses of form.

‘‘In our third quarter we thought ‘well this needs to stop, we need to stop letting them hang around’ and we went out there for five minutes and put on some really good scoreboard pressure and put in some good defensive work, but then went back into our shells,’’ she said.

Mooroopna again only managed six goals in the final term as Kyabram added 12, with shooter Elle Groves battling hard.

Lauren Pryde and Ash Mangan again stood out as the Bombers’ best players, although Lees said even the two veterans were not at their best.

‘‘They didn’t give us the normal flair that they normally do, but they were consistent and they always do their job and we can rely on them especially when we’re starting to play with an increased speed of ball and speed of movement,’’ she said.

The Bombers move on to play Euroa, while Mooroopna will be no certainty to rebound against Rochester.

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