THE Cats have already used up two of their nine lives in the HDFL.
Lockington-Bamawm United’s second loss in four games came at the hands of the North Bendigo Bulldogs at home on Saturday afternoon.
Having been level with the Bulldogs at quarter time, it was the seven squandered opportunities resulting in behinds that cost the Cats before half-time.
Because in the second quarter the Cats conceded six majors, resulting in the home side being down by 26 points at the long break.
Not even the heroics of goal-kicking machine Jarod Bacon with his five majors on the day could save the Cats’ blushes as the Bulldogs thrashed LBU.
Captain Liam Main again stood up and played his part for the Cats, earning him a spot in the home side’s best, while Zeik Johnston was also in the conversation for best on ground for the third time in a row this season.
The Cats sit middle of the ladder in fifth, and must have the upcoming match on Saturday against lowly-Elmore marked as a win if they are to mount a comeback to reach the higher rungs of the ladder.
LBU president Colin Bacon said he was happy with how the side presented themselves, and was looking for a strong follow up this weekend.
‘‘We probably have played better in past years against North, but they are still a good side and our young fellas will learn from it,’’ he said.
‘‘Their bigger-bodied players were able to move the ball freely at times, but the boys held their own. We weren’t disgraced by any means.’’
Bacon jokingly said he ‘‘may not be able to comment on my own son’’ Jarod who booted five for the home side, but acknowledged he was doing well and living up to expectations.
‘‘He’s coming back from the Goulburn Valley League so there are a few people expecting big things,’’ he laughed.
Bacon said Elmore would be ‘‘one we would expect to win’’, but the side could not expect to turn up and win the match.
‘‘They’ve still got to put in the work — but they’ll be keen to win.’’