Only wanting A for effort

June 01, 2018

Murray Bushranger Ajak Dang will have a major role for Mooroopna against Seymour, having made a major impact the last time he played in the GVL.

Like any young side on the hunt for its first win for the season, Mooroopna is just looking to put its best foot forward.

The Cats are travelling to Kings Park tomorrow to face Seymour and are eager to put that ordinary effort against Echuca behind them.

Dale Osborne’s men went down by 107 points in the Saturday night match at home and he knows his team can produce better.

‘‘It was just our effort and skill levels were pretty poor and what we’re trying to get the group to focus on is that you can’t get beaten on effort and that was really disappointing,’’ Osborne said.

‘‘But we’ve been doing things to try and change that and pick up our game with our effort.

‘‘We’re looking forward to the challenge and we’ve had a good week on the training track.’’

Notably their best performance came against powerhouse Kyabram in another night game at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve in round one.

‘‘Last week was one of the lower efforts, but our best effort was in round one against Ky and even though we still lost by 100 points we never gave up,’’ Osborne said.

‘‘We want to have that attitude and it can be hard going for the boys to get up every week, but we want them to pride themselves on effort and that’s the culture around the footy club that builds success.’’

With Murray Bushrangers having a bye, Ajak Dang is a huge inclusion to take on the Lions having been the Cats’ best when he played against Benalla.

Osborne is excited to debut Lachlan Sykes, who makes his way into the top tier after an impressive run in the thirds and is hopeful the young player can bring some renewed enthusiasm to the group.

The Lions enter the match aiming to hit the ground running after a slow start against Tatura.

Osborne is aiming to stop this by focusing on the side’s co-coaches and key forwards.

‘‘It’ll be won through the middle with (Jason) Cole and (Ben) Clifton instrumental, so stopping their supply is important,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had to be a lot smarter with our ball use and where we go, they’ve got a couple of key forwards in Kyle Winter-Irving and Jake Anderson, so we’ll have to be mindful of the delivery to them.’’

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