Alarm bells ringing for Lions

Alarm bells will be ringing for the Great Western Football Club as the losses continue to mount in the Mininera and District Football League.

Great Western recruit Damien Skurrie takes a big grab during Saturday's clash against Moyston-Willaura.

Great Western recruit Damien Skurrie takes a big grab during Saturday's clash against Moyston-Willaura.

Great Western were out classed by a better side in Moyston-Willaura and went down by a massive 161 point margin.

Moyston-Willaura is the competition's yardstick at present, but Lions coach Nick Thomas would have been expecting more from his players.

"Moyston is an extremely well drilled side with no real weaknesses," Thomas said.

Thomas admitted finding match ups for their forward line was difficult.

"Bell (Aiden), Hamilton (Lachie), and Gunners (Daniel Guinane) make for a really potent forward line," Thomas said.

Those three power forwards combined for 20 of the Pumas 30 goals with Hamilton the best with nine.

Great Western had a goalless first term and from there kicked just two goals in each of the quarters to follow.

Ben Hustler was the only multiple scorer for the Lions with two goals, while new recruit Damien Skurrie kicked one as did returning forward Joel Freeland, Adam Taylor and Lachie Malloy.

With a 90 point margin at half time, the Lions looked to have little confidence when they came out to play the third quarter.

"We dropped our heads too early after we got jumped again," Thomas said.

Great Western also suffered more injuries to key players with Adam Taylor injuring his knee, Leigh Preston his shoulder and Marc Bradshaw also injured his shoulder.

Skurrie, in his first game for the season, was one shining light for the Lions.

Although not in the better players he showed glimpses of what he can do and with a few more games under his belt he will bring some excitement to the crowd.

He is expected to play several more games this year, but will not be a permanent player.

Great Western defender Brett Dowie was judged the best on ground for the losing team.

"Brett Dowie was by far the best player for us," Thomas said.

"He could probably be the only one who could be happy with his game."

The final score was Moyston-Willaura 30.22.202 defeating Great Western 6.5.41.

This weekend's break comes at a good time for Great Western as they have several injured players who need time to recover.

The Lions clash with Woorndoo/Mortlake on May 31.


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