Falcons bounced by Ranges

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Updated: September 13, 2015
Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT
Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

THE Geelong Falcons have made a straight sets exit from the TAC Cup finals for the second consecutive season after being eliminated by the Eastern Ranges in today’s semi final at Carlton’s Princess Park.

The 15.14 (104) to 6.14 (50) defeat continues the Falcons disappointing finals record and coach Andy Allthorpe said his players didn’t stick to the game plan and philosophies that had made them a successful team for most of the season.

“We knew that our best was good enough, but today we didn’t get anywhere near finding it and putting it all together,” Allthorpe said.

“We didn’t get our (forward) entries right and when we eventually did, we didn’t use the ball well enough and we fell away defensively as a group.”

In warm conditions, it was an even opening term but the Falcons inaccuracy saw them trailing the Ranges by 14 points at quarter-time – despite having one more scoring shot.

But Eastern began to get on top in the second term and began to pull away, making the most of its opportunities up forward whereas the Falcons continued to be inaccurate.

At three-quarter time Eastern had two more scoring shots than the Falcons, but led by 32 points.

Any hopes the Falcons had of producing a stirring final quarter fightback were put to rest as Eastern kicked the first couple of goals of the final term to advance to a preliminary final showdown with Dandenong next Saturday.

Allthorpe lamented his team’s poor choices going forward that allowed Eastern’s defenders to control their Falcons’ opponents Brett Blair and Charlie Curnow.

“Entries were even (but) we just didn’t make the most of them when we went forward or take enough care of the ball,” Allthorpe said.

“We bombed a bit into our forwards and they defended really well. We just needed more care going forward, lower our eyes and trust the way we’ve been playing the last few weeks. We didn’t take our chances last week at times and our entries were poor and we weren’t good enough.”

Lockey McCartney was the Falcons only multiple goalkicker,while Blair kicked one to finish the season with 34 from 13 matches.

Defender Tom Doedee was named the Falcons best for his efforts on dangerous Eastern forward Blake Hardwick, who kicked two of his three goals for the game in the final term.

Nick Connors, Harry Kershaw and Logan Wagner also battled hard against Eastern’s strong midfield while Alex Witherden and key defender Ben McNamara showed some encouraging signs for 2016.

The Falcons will now turn their attention to November’s national draft where they again have three potential first round draft prospects in Curnow, Rhys Mathieson and Darcy Parish.

Allthorpe believes they could have six players in contention to win spots on an AFL list in 2015

MEANWHILE, Western Jets will crown its best and fairest – the Barry Round Medal – for 2015 at its presentation night on Tuesday.

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EASTERN RANGES               4.0, 7.3, 10.8, 15.14 (104)

GEELONG FALCONS            1.4, 3.6, 4.12, 6.14 (50)

GOALS

Eastern: B. Hardwick 3, J. Stephenson 2, A. Brolic 2, A. Cerra, J. Gallucci, J. Collins, D. Clarke, A. Cotte, J. Cyster, B. Mitchener, J. Hannon

Geelong: L. McCartney 2, L. Wagener, R. Mathieson, B. Blair, H. Kol

BEST

Eastern: R. Clarke, D. Clarke, J. Maibaum, J. Collins, B. Mitchener, J. Parsons

Geelong: T. Doedee, A. Witherden, L. Wagener, N. Connors, B. McNamara, H. Kershaw



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