Tough result but coach still pleased

UNDER PRESSURE: MSEFL's Henry Laurie tries to get a kick off under plenty of pressure. Pictures: JAMES MURPHY

By Trevor Jackson

LCFNL 11.8 (74) D MSEFL 2.7 (19)

THE Mid South East Football League succumbed to the Limestone Coast Football Netball League on Saturday in the SE Zone Regional Carnival.

The final scores saw LCFNL with 11.8 (74) to MSEFL’s 2.7 (19).

The LCFNL led at the first break by a solitary point, then extended that margin in the second term to 10 points.

The third quarter saw the LCFNL kick away, opening a 31-point margin at the final break.

As the final quarter unfolded, the MSEFL was unable to add to their score, while the LCFNL banged on four majors to run the game out in style.

The best Under 21 player for LCFNL was Kalan Shanks, with Patrick Chay best for MSEFL.

Best and fairest went to LCFNL’s Harry Tunkin and MSEFL’s Michael Telford.

Best players for LCFNL were Tunkin, Andrew Stone, Frazer Bradley, Shanks and Nick McInerney.

Best for MSEFL were Telford, Sam Waring, Henry Lawrie, Zac Deane, James Pratt and Lewis Walker.

For the LCFNL, Frazer Bradley kicked four goals, while Hamish McRae and Harry Tunkin kicked two each.

For the MSEFL, Tye McManus and Patrick Chay shared the side’s two goals.

For MSEFL coach Clint Gallio it was a disappointing result, but he noted many positives to come out of the contest.

“It was a tough result, but I don’t think the scoreboard reflected how we played in the first half,” he said.

“We had a heap of the footy, but just couldn’t quite score.

“We turned it over in poor spots and they capitalised on that, then we didn’t transit to defence fast enough.

“They were a quality side and their pressure was high.”

Gallio said there was no issue with the fitness of his players, just the execution of the game plan.

“The turnovers hurt us, we stuffed around with the footy a fair bit and didn’t give ourselves an opportunity to get it into the forward 50,” he said.

“The fitness and intent was there, but we didn’t capitalise.”

Chay was named best Under 21 in the side and Gallio was pleased with that.

“He created a good contest forward, took some good marks and worked hard up the ground,” he said.

“He was consistent with the lack of delivery, so we moved him up a bit higher, which gave us a target up high and he did well.”

As for the best players, Gallio said those named represented the efforts on the ground.

“Michael Telford found himself at half-forward, on ball and got some good footy through the middle,” he said.

“Tye McManus was probably unlucky not to get a mention.

“He was everywhere and did some good things, but it is hard picking your best players.

“Sam Waring was in the ruck and had a couple of big boys against him.

“His footy has come a long way in the last couple of years and he battled hard for us.

“His effort around the ground and his follow up was good.

“He took some good marks and competed hard for us all day.

“Henry Lawrie is a bigger-body on-baller.

“He got plenty of the footy and his pressure was really good.”

At the end of the day the best players in the league do not always put their hand up to play.

Gallio said he was pleased with those who did and hoped they enjoyed the lead-up and the day itself.

“It is always tough for these competitions,” he said.

“Some people like the time off, but I was happy with the squad we had.

“We had a good couple of weeks of training sessions and we probably didn’t execute the way we wanted to on Saturday, but that happens in these games.

“I can’t fault anyone’s efforts and the league for letting me have the opportunity to coach.

“The final 23 who played, I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.

“Overall I am happy with the group and their efforts.”