Tigers miss gun forwards

May 08, 2018

Rochester's Nathan Marrone proves too fast for Dylan Scopel on this occasion.

ROCHESTER has suffered its second loss of the Goulburn Valley League season, going down to Seymour by 27 points at Moon Oval.

Despite not conceding a goal in the opening quarter — while kicking four of their own — the Tigers found themselves behind at half-time and struggled to kick goals in the second half.

Rochester coach James Flaherty said his side had simply been outplayed.

‘‘Seymour were the better side on the day in the end,’’ he said.

‘‘They had their chances early in the game and we held them off, but once they started taking those opportunities it was really tough going.

‘‘We put up our best but in the end they were a better side than us.’’

The side struggled in front of goals on the day, managing just the nine goals, with seven behinds.

The Tigers’ goal kicking power was harmed by the absence of Steven Stroobants, who played for North Melbourne’s VFL side in a loss to Essendon.

Stroobants has missed twice this season for the Tigers, with both games resulting in losses for Rochester.

When he has turned out in the yellow and black this season, the power forward has booted 10 goals in three appearances for his home club.

Rochester’s other key forward, Rhys Free, went down in the opening quarter with a heel injury, leaving the side without their two main avenues to goal.

‘‘It obviously makes you have to change your structures a bit,’’ Flaherty said of the absent stars.

‘‘We probably weren’t able to capitalise on the ball coming in how we normally would which impacted the result on the day. It’s something we are going to have to work on.’’

The Tigers will need to adjust quickly, with Shepp United this week’s opponent.

While the Demons have only won the single game this year, they have shown the ability to take their opportunities well.

If the Demons are able to get some midfield ascendency, they could be a threat.

However, this was just a loss for the Tigers.

It’s not the end of the season and it doesn’t prove major changes need to be made.

It will simply be a case of making the best of their opportunities that should lead them to victory.

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