BY JACK KOVACIC.
Vice-captain Peter McEvoy has been named Round 10’s Lion of the Round after a strong performance in Sunday’s loss to Essendon.
McEvoy finished with two goals to go along with his 11 marks and 16 disposals, in what was the key forwards best game since returning from a hand injury that kept him out of the early part of the season.
“My role as a tall forward and a leader of the club is to do as much as I can to co-ordinate our forward line structures and make sure that we are providing plenty of options for our midfielders and also the defenders transitioning out of the backline,” McEvoy said.
His return from injury has been a massive addition to such a young line-up.
“I think I’ve been able to add some leadership, composure and some experience to help out the younger guys in the team,” he said, “Also having that extra tall target and using my endurance and being as athletic as I can be provides options as we transition from defence to attack is what I pride myself on being able to do.”
Coburg were well beaten on Sunday but McEvoy saw the fact they were still in the game early in the second half as a positive although they were beaten in most areas of the game.
“We kicked the first two goals of the second half off of really limited opportunities so I think our forward line has been really effective,” he said.
“When we get things right [over four quarters] we will beat teams, you can when we get control we look really dangerous but the focus is keeping the attention to detail and structure through the middle and later halves of the quarter when fatigue kicks in.”
Coburg will be on the hunt for it’s first win when it takes on Footscray this Saturday and McEvoy identified one key area that needs to be fixed.
“The biggest focus has to be on sticking to our very clear and well laid out structures for four quarters,” he said, “It came down to work rate [on Sunday], we will look at that pretty hard and tidy it up for the Footscray game.”
Be sure to head to Piranha Park on Saturday afternoon to see McEvoy and his teammates in action against Footscray.