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Finals firmly on Cats agenda

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May 29, 2018

Nathan Dyson of Lockington Bamawm United and Jonty Kelly of Heathcote compete for the ball during the HDFNL seniors football match between Lockington Bamawm United and Heathcote at Nichol Trading Oval, Lockington. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Jarod Bacon of Lockington Bamawm United jumps in front of Brayden Klemke of Heathcote during the HDFNL seniors football match between Lockington Bamawm United and Heathcote at Nichol Trading Oval, Lockington. Photo by Luke Hemer.

AFTER just seven rounds in the Heathcote and District league, Lockington-Bamawm United has already had as many wins as it did in 2017.

The Cats secured their fourth win of the campaign on Saturday, an emphatic 66-point victory over a struggling Heathcote side.

Not for the first time this season Jarod Bacon left the opposition scrambling for an answer as he bagged seven goals — bringing his tally for the campaign to 30 in six games.

After 2017 the only way was up and Cats coach Kahl Oliver said it was a good sign for his team to be posting wins at this time of the competition, so they won’t have to win tough games in crunch time.

‘‘It was a good win for us,’’ Oliver said.

‘‘We’ve got off to a reasonable start. We’d rather be winning now than playing catch up later in the year, so we’re happy with the way things are going.

‘‘I’m really happy with how Jarod is playing his footy — he’s super consistent and although he wasn’t our best yesterday, he was still consistent up forward when the ball came near him.

‘‘He’s a talented footballer and he was always going to be playing well for the representative side (HDFL interleague), and he’s got some good form going at the moment and we hope he can keep it going,’’ Oliver said.

The Cats will be without Tom Wilds (shoulder) and Ricky Welsh (head) until further assessments are completed during the week. But Oliver is not fazed.

‘‘We’ve got a few blokes who have been playing really well in the ressies and are looking to step up after another good game on Saturday,’’ he said.

Oliver puts his side’s great start down to a strong recruitment drive during the pre-season, and team cohesiveness.

‘‘At the start we were able to get some locals back to club, and training consistently on Tuesday and Thursdays helps get a side play good footy earlier in the season.

‘‘The players have got a lot of belief in themselves and the others around them, so it’s just a combination of things. We’ve got our sights on playing finals, at the moment we are 4-2 and we’re in a good spot for them,’’ he said.

Colbinabbin stand in the way of the Cats breaking into the top four spots on the ladder.

With one more win than LBU at this stage in the competition, the Hoppers present a stern challenge for Oliver, Bacon and the rest of the side.

That game starts at 2.15pm on Saturday in Colbinabbin.

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