Lions sleep to start, but roar back to life to get job done

July 03, 2017

Mulwala's Nathan Parker booted six majors in Saturday's win against Barooga.

Mulwala responded in the best possible way to last week’s poor performance against Deniliquin with a six-goal win against Barooga on Saturday.

However, the Lions began sluggishly at Lonsdale Reserve, being almost five goals behind at the first change.

Coach Michael Tout was pleased with how his side then regrouped to secure victory.

‘‘We started to settle a little bit just before quarter-time,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a good way to bounce back after last week.’’

Big men Nathan Parker (three goals) and Hamish Hosking (one) proved pivotal in helping turn the tide, getting on top of Barooga ruckman Brodie A’Vard after the Hawk had dominated early.

Ash Froud snared four majors in the win as well, but with nine individual goal-kickers it was certainly a team effort up forward for Mulwala, which will enjoy the bye as much as any other side in the competition.

‘‘It’s always good to have multiple goal-kickers and not just go to Froudy every time,’’ Tout said.

‘‘We knew they would try to drop into the space in front of him, so we changed our game plan up a bit.

‘‘We’ve got a few little niggles, but overall we are very happy with where we are at the moment.’’

For Barooga, Spiro Vourgaslis led the way in attack with four goals while co-coaches James Hazelman and Tyrone Downie were among their side’s better performers.

Downie assessed Mulwala’s resurgence, where the Lions booted eight goals to one in the second term, as simply a change in momentum.

‘‘After quarter-time Mulwala just played better footy than us,’’ he said.

‘‘A few little things happened early in the second that changed the momentum and we weren’t able to wrestle it back after that.’’

Jake Russell impressed in his return to the side with two goals, while Jack O’Callaghan did a good job on Froud, despite conceding four majors.

Mulwala has leap-frogged Barooga on the ladder to move into third position, with the Hawks also hanging out for a week off.

‘‘I think as most clubs are, we’re looking forward to the bye,’’ Downie said.

‘‘It will definitely give us the opportunity to freshen a couple of guys up.’’

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