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Towners are Torney apart

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May 07, 2018

Undera had pencilled in Violet Town as a winnable game earlier in the season.

Undera had pencilled in Violet Town as a winnable game earlier in the season.

With this in mind the Lions arrived at Violet Town Recreation Reserve with the right mindset to take a 47-point victory against last year’s Kyabram District Football League grand finalist.

But the Towners’ loss again highlighted issues Sean Horsburgh’s side is having in scoring.

The opening term showed the home side what intent Undera was ready to produce with Justin Torney’s side ahead by 22 points at the first break.

With players fresh for the contest, Torney said his men realised they needed to fire.

‘‘I told them the honeymoon was over and after the hard work over the pre-season and the work we did in getting everyone together there was no point having them there if no-one came to play, but they came out to play on Saturday,’’ Torney said.

‘‘We were pretty happy and we’re a tight group and good mates, but its a matter that if we’ve got the culture we need to turn it into success.’’

Tanner Hunter bagged five goals, while Kaine Herbert chimed in with three as the Lions held sway by eight goals at the main break.

But Violet Town showed fight in the third.

‘‘Pat Horsburgh and Sam Poole and (John) Woodcock got a hold on us, but we didn’t panic or tag them, we just let them play and we worked out our ourselves,’’ Torney said.

The Towners scored 7.8 in the third term to Undera’s 4.3, but despite the resurgence Violet Town’s issue continues to be its path to goals.

‘‘We sort of made a few positional changes (in the third term) and a few of them seemed to work,’’ Horsburgh said.

‘‘I think the main thing was that we made more of our opportunities going forward, it’s not a secret that we’ve struggled to kick a score.’’

Last year’s potent goalkickers Rob Staff (79 goals) and Chris McKay (27) have moved to the Shepparton Swans with Ash Hobbs slotting through one on Saturday having kicked 64 last year.

Playing with an undermanned side, Horsburgh will continue searching for options.

‘‘It’s an ongoing battle, I would have liked to think that we could have handled it a bit better than we had and I hate using it as an excuse, but our depth hasn’t been great and we’ve been missing a few blokes,’’ he said.

‘‘We’d like to have a win sooner or later and next week we’ve got another opportunity against Nagambie, although they look like they’re starting to hit their straps.

‘‘It’ll be a good test and there’s no excuses from our boat, we’ve just got to start playing good footy.’’

Horsburgh and his brother, as well as Woodcock and Clint Phillips were best for the Towners while Jake Cormick and Shannon Hockey were integral in the winning side.

Matt Wishart, Shaun Standley and Danni Heazlewood rounded out the multiple goal-scorers for the Lions.

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