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Cats caught napping in first quarter

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June 19, 2017

Tigers' footballer Mitch Bright is run down by Dean Smith.

Scott no chance: Rochester big man Scott Oakley climbs over Mooroopna's Tom Crosbie.

Cats livewire Romain Grenville in action.

Ordinary is one way Mooroopna coach Dale Osborne chose to sum up his side’s first quarter against Rochester.

The Cats conceded 12 scoring shots to one to be 51 points behind at quarter-time.

However, it was a relatively tight contest after that, but Tigers reigned supreme in the battle of the felines, winning by 72 points.

Osborne, who hurt his knee last week, was disappointed with his side’s performance in the opening term.

‘‘It was very ordinary. I do not know what was up, the boys just did not come out to play,’’ Osborne said.

‘‘We did not stick to our game plan, apply our structures and play the way we wanted to after an impressive past few weeks.’’

Osborne rallied his troops at quarter-time and his message got across slightly.

‘‘They did respond, but we were just were not that good,’’ Osborne said.

‘‘We could have played better and I thought the start was really disappointing.’’

Tigers spearhead Steven Stroobants returned to his brilliant best, with playing coach James Flaherty praising the forward.

‘‘We were really good in that first quarter, we came to play and I thought Stroobants was brilliant,’’ Flaherty said.

‘‘He is back. He kicked six first half goals, he’s marking was like we know it to be and we were just so ferocious at the football.’’

Nathan Marrone was also impressive for Tigers, while Mitch Bright and James McPhee also chipped in with two goals.

Reigning Cats best and fairest Dean Smith featured in a helmet for the hosts after receiving a medical clearance for his concussion on Thursday.

‘‘He was one of our better players again,’’ Osborne said.

‘‘He started off the game a little slow, but managed to get his hands on it more as the game wore on.’’

The Tigers have won five straight games and Flaherty hoped his side could continue its form.

‘‘We have been good of late, but we need to keep it up,’’ Flaherty said.

‘‘There’s an important block of games coming up for us and I believe we really need to try and capitalise on them.’’

Scores

Mooroopna 0.1, 3.2, 4.4, 5.5 (35)

Rochester 8.4, 12.5, 16.9, 16.11 (107)

Best

Mooroopna: Kai Madgwick, Clint Riley, Ash Thompson, Jack Lear, Dean Smith, Rhys McKenzie.

Rochester: Nathan Marrone, Mitch Bright, Nick O’Connor, Elliot Bowen, Scott Oakley, Steven Stroobants.

Goals

Mooroopna: Ash Thompson 2, Romain Grenville 2, Dylan Cornick.

Rochester: Steven Stroobants 6, Mitch Bright 3, James McPhee, Heath Aitken, Leigh Millard, Dylan Cuttriss, Perry Oliver, Wil Hamilton.

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