Tigers need turnaround

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Updated: August 21, 2015
Bannockburn coach Craig McGough is yet to commit for 2016. Picture: VICKI KING
Bannockburn coach Craig McGough knows the Tigers need to turnaround a poor last month of the GDFL season ahead of tomorrow's elimination final. Picture: VICKI KING

Bannockburn coach Craig McGough knows the Tigers need to turnaround a poor last month of the GDFL season ahead of tomorrow’s elimination final. Picture: VICKI KING

FLYING high with 12 wins after 14 rounds, Bannockburn was still in contention to claim the GDFL double-chance.

However, the last month has seen the Tigers limp into tomorrow’s clash with Belmont Lions on the back of four-straight losses, including a 40-point defeat at the hands of their elimination final opponents.

“Our last month has been pretty average,”coach Craig McGough conceded.

“I thought the North Geelong game we competed quite well. They were just a bit too good for us, a bit too slick with the footy.

“Saturday was obviously a dead rubber and a few things played into that game, so I wasn’t overly concerned about those two.

“But the other two losses (Thomson and Werribee Centrals) were significant worries, purely because of the way we went about things.”

McGough believes the Tigers have stopped doing what they did well in the first 14 rounds.

“Pretty much for us, we’ve just gone away, as a playing group, from doing the things that give us opportunities to win games,” he said.

“Perhaps (we have) been a little bit too individualised.

“Players knew that we were going to make finals and perhaps were trying to play for themselves a little bit too much, rather than doing all the team things and all the things that have got us in a position to win games.”

So how does Bannockburn guard against being the first team eliminated from the premiership race?

“I can assure you they’re (the players) well aware of what they need to do to turn things around,” McGough said.

“All our planning; ball movement, structures, ball movement strategies, those sort of things, they’re well ingrained in the players.

“They’ve just got to go out and execute it.”

With dry conditions expected, McGough expects the speed of the game to be quick.

“It could be a pretty exciting game, he said.

“Both sides are reasonably young, they like to run and carry and move the footy at speed.

“Most of the games that we’ve won we’ve kicked 15-20 goals, and while we’ve been kicking 15-20, the opposition haven’t been too far behind us either.

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