Cats romp to victory

April 11, 2018

Bart Phillips of Lockington Bamawm United during the HDFNL seniors football match between LBU and Mount Pleasant. Photo by Luke Hemer.

LBU is off to a flying start in the Heathcote and District Football League after a crushing 73-point win over Mt Pleasant.

The Cats’ away victory over the Blues could not have been a more pleasing start to the season for LBU’s playing coach Kahl Oliver.

‘‘I couldn’t have asked for a better start really — we wanted a win, but to have such a convincing win was a bonus,’’ he said.

‘‘We didn’t rely on just one player to kick goals for us either, there was a good spread of kickers and best players. It was a team performance,’’ he said.

Oliver praised Bacon, the main goal kicker of the day, and said he expects big things of him this year.

‘‘He was super on Saturday, he is an extremely talented football player and he absolutely showed he’s one of the best in the competition in my eyes,’’ he said.

Oliver did not expect his side to play so well in the first round of the season. But it was a welcome surprise to have on game day.

‘‘It was an absolutely ideal way to start and I was not expecting us to be playing like we did then.

‘‘We’re a little unpredictable I think, because we don’t have just one target man up front, we share the ball around and that makes us dangerous,’’ he said.

Oliver put the success in round one down to a strong preseason, and ensuring his side was fitter than any opponents they may face.

‘‘We had a big preseason, and they’re fit. Our boys are really fit and in trying conditions when it was quite warm, the boys handled it well and were able to play four quarters,’’ he said.

Next up for the Cats is Huntly, a side that went deep into September’s final series last year, and will provide a stern challenge for Oliver’s team.

‘‘Huntly is definitely a good test for us, they finished in the top four last year. But not taking anything away from us — that was a good win for the boys, we’ll be at home and we expect a good result.

‘‘We had no injuries of note and we were pretty unscathed. There is still room for improvement in some areas and we will work on that in training this week, so we can get up on Saturday,’’ he said.

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