Jeparit-Rainbow wins by 39 points against Noradjuha-Quantong

IMPROVING: Noradjuha-Quantong's Cam Bruce picks up the ball last week against Natimuk United. The Bombers are on the up after a solid effort against the Storm in round two. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
IMPROVING: Noradjuha-Quantong's Cam Bruce picks up the ball last week against Natimuk United. The Bombers are on the up after a solid effort against the Storm in round two. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

DESPITE seeing his side lose by 39 points, Noradjuha-Quantong coach Gareth Hose said was pleased with his sides effort across four quarters on Saturday. 

The Bombers went down in wet and windy conditions at home against the highly fancied Jeparit-Rainbow. 

The Storm controlled the game in the first half, kicking seven goals to two. 

Noradjuha-Quantong played better in the third quarter, kicking four goals to the Storm’s three and winning the term. 

Hose said it was great to see his side play out the game till the end, despite being down by 40 points. 

“I was really pleased with our effort. We put in for all four quarters,” he said.

I was really pleased with our effort. We put in for all four quarters. If we keep going this way I'm sure success will be just around the corner.

Gareth Hose

“The first quarter they got away from us a little bit, which in the end showed. They kicked a few late goals as well. I thought our second and third quarters were really good.

“Our contested footy and the pressure we put on them was excellent. I was really happy with that.”

Hose said some skill errors and turn overs cost the side. 

“Skill is something we will continue to work on and tidy up,” he said.

“Our stoppage work and how we structured up was pretty good. We need to work on not turning the ball over as much moving forward though.

“If we keep going this away I’m sure success will be just around the corner.”

Storm coach Tim Inkster said his side dropped off.

“We made it harder than it had to be. We were good in the first half and then we dropped off,” he said. 

“They kept going and outscored us in the third and worked a bit harder. 

“Luckily, we did enough early when the conditions were okay to set up the game but then it turned a bit scrappy.”

Inkster said his side needed to be putting in four-quarter performances if they want to compete with the best sides in the competition.

“We cruised a bit and were second to the footy. We spoke about putting effort in the whole way,” he said.

“When we are in a game that is a bit tighter, we won’t have a lead to work with and we will need to be consistent for the entire game.

“Tom Eichner and Kurt Waterman were good. They were the only ones that were solid over four quarters. They weren’t dominate but it was a four-quarter effort.”

Hose praised Cam Bruce’s effort for the Bombers.

“Cam Bruce had a really good game and was probably our best,” he said.

“Jake Vague was good in the ruck and Dusty Cross was good in and around the footy.”

Daniel and Wayne Batson both kicked three goals for the Storm, while Bruce and Cross also kicked three goals each for the Bombers.

“Daniel Batson caused some troubles for us early on,” Hose said.