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Cats dine out on fine Bacon

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April 24, 2018

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United just keeps getting better and better.

Under new head coach Kahl Oliver, the Cats have won two of their opening three rounds, including Saturday’s 63-point victory over White Hills.

In that match, Jarod Bacon again bagged another five-goal haul, but the Cats could have kicked better — as the scoreboard read 23 behinds on the day.

‘‘It was pleasing to get back on the winners list, but we didn’t kick well.

‘‘In all, it was a pleasing victory and just what we needed to do after losing last week. We just didn’t take our opportunities, I think we hit the post four or five times,’’ Oliver said.

Oliver said if his team had focussed on getting the basics right before they started trying ‘‘the fancy stuff’’.

‘‘I think we got carried away and didn’t play necessarily as much team footy as we should have. We were taking shots from where we shouldn’t be.

‘‘We’ll just keep continuing as we have been and working on some areas we haven’t been so good in the last couple of games,’’ he said.

Of Bacon’s performance, Oliver said again he was a constant threat in the forward 50, although teams are catching on to his danger.

‘‘He was good again Saturday, but he wasn’t as damaging as he could be, and I think now that’s down to other teams being more aware of him,’’ he said.

Dan Marrs was the only Cats player to come out of the battle injured, with a knee problem.

‘‘I don’t think it was really that bad . . . it’s definitely not anything like an ACL , but we have got a fortnight to see where it’s at, so hopefully it’s not too bad,’’ Oliver said.

The Cats have a week to prepare for North Bendigo in round five on May 5, as they have the bye this weekend.

‘‘In that one we have a bit of a huge milestone. In the next game we have a guy called Dean Mitchell, who will be playing his 300th game for the club.

‘‘300 is a massive achievement for anyone . . . he’s played for Echuca United as well, and he’s about 46 years old I think,’’ Oliver laughed.

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