Seniors Struggle To Work As A Team Against Port Melbourne

Coburg’s Senior side have lost by 65 points in their second practice match, after Port Melbourne produced a dominant display at North Port Oval this afternoon.

The Lions had a good start and managed to kick the first three goals of the game, but four quick goals to the home side gave them a four-point lead into the quarter-time.

On debut, Christian Burgess impressed early kicking two goals, and continued to have an impact throughout the match, finishing with 14 disposals.

In the second term Port kicked away with eight unanswered goals, and saw Robin Nahas of the Boroughs kick his fourth for the day.

Tom Goodwin kicked his first goal on the half-time siren, giving Coburg some momentum going into the second half of play.

In the third term, Goodwin managed to kick one more, shortly followed by back-to-back goals from Liam Hunt and Burgess.

Some missed handballs turned into costly turnovers for the Lions, with the Boroughs capitalising on their mistakes.

Hunt (1 goal and 27 disposals), Stuart Donnelly (18 disposals) and Nick Mellington (1 goal and 22 disposals) were all included in the Lions best on ground.

Peter McEvoy looked good in his first game back since injury, and Keenan Posar finished with 18 disposals in his first Senior game for the year.

Four goals to Port Melbourne in the last quarter saw them extend their already large lead to 65 points, which was too great for Coburg to reach.

“I think what happened was in the second quarter, some things broke down, they (Port) got on top of us, the scoreboard started looking bad and our guys started worrying about that instead of worrying about what we needed to do,” Assistant Senior Coach Paul ‘PK’ Kennedy said.

“It’s probably disappointing that it took us until the last quarter to respond to that, but Port Melbourne played some really good footy so we’ve got to give them credit.” He continued.

“Similar to the Development game, we need to play more as a team, rather than playing as individuals.”

The Seniors, having lost both of their practice matches so far, will reflect on today while preparing for next week against Box Hill at Piranha Park ahead of round one.


Port Melbourne: 4.5 13.9 18.12 22.13 (145)

Coburg: 4.1 6.2 9.6 12.8 (80)

Goals: Burgess 3, Goodwin 2, Lawlor, Mullane, Byrne, Hunt, Cleary, Dodge, Kovacevic.

Best: Burgess, Hunt, Mellington, Donnelly, Posar.