Missed chances

By Andrew Johnston

A seven-goal-to-two quarter is not something many sides can overcome.

Yet Barooga came dangerously close to doing so in its Murray Football League contest with Tungamah.

The Hawks were dismantled in the second quarter of the match, falling 28 points behind.

But they were not going to go away though, booting seven goals to one in the third quarter to take a nine-point lead into the final change.

However getting back in front had taken a toll on the side, with Tungamah able to take back the lead in the final quarter to win by 10 points.

Hawks coach James Hazelman, playing in in his 350th game for the club, said the poor performance of the second quarter was too much to overcome.

‘‘We probably set ourselves up to fail,’’ he said.

‘‘We put ourselves too far behind and we had to work really hard in the third quarter to get back into the match.

‘‘I asked for a response from the group and they did exactly what I wanted, but we probably hurt our chances in the process. It was really disappointing for the match to end in the way it did.’’

Hazelman said his side’s basics let them down.

‘‘It was the simple stuff we didn’t get right,’’ he said.

‘‘We made a few skill errors and weren’t going in and backing each other up. If we aren’t willing to do that we are going to have issues.

‘‘What we saw during the game is if we are down by 10 or 15 per cent then we are going to struggle as the competition has gotten a lot closer in terms of quality this season.’’

For Hazelman, there was little time to dwell on the fact his milestone match did not go according to plan.

‘‘In a way you don’t even think about it,’’ he said.

‘‘When you have coaching taking up your mind you don’t focus on those things, you look more at what the team needs.

‘‘It is disappointing, no doubt about it, but we have a big game against Cobram ahead, so you don’t get to dwell on it, instead you put your mind to what comes next.’’