Ararat Eagles and Great Western drop round eight games

SLICK: Luke Hamilton in action for the Eagles. Picture: PETER PICKERING

SLICK: Luke Hamilton in action for the Eagles. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Great Western’s mixed season continued with a 54-point loss to SMW Rovers on Saturday.

The Lions struggled in the first term but responded after quarter time to narrow the deficit to five points at the long break.

The home could have taken the lead if the team was more accurate in front of goal, kicking 5.11 to 7.4 before half time.

The third term was where the visitors took control of the game, kicking six goals while keeping Great Western to just one goal to lead by 43-point at the last break.

It was all the Bulldogs in the final quarter, as the final term played out much the same as the third term to give the visitors a 19.12.126 to 9.18.72 win.

Lions coach Will Bell said it was the one quarter in particular that cost the game.

“It has been the story of the last two weeks, we had a good half against Tatyoon and it happened again,” he said. 

The Ararat Eagles failed to match Woorndoo-Mortlake on the field, losing by 114 points on Saturday.

A nine-goal opening quarter from the Tigers all but put the result beyond the Eagles before the quarter time break.

The visitors could only manage 1.2.8 to go into the first break trailing by 48 points.

The Eagles were unable to match effort and consistency across the ground during the game, slumping to a 5.10.40 to 24.10.154 loss.

Josh Matthews was the only multiple goalkicker for the Eagles, finishing with two majors while Case Maxwell was named best on ground.