by Jarrard Potter
FOOTBALL: Not even an unexpected afternoon storm could stop the Maclean Bobcats when they put on a goal scoring clinic to beat Grafton United 12-0 at Barry Watts Field on Saturday.
Strikers Fraser Marsh bagged a four goal haul and captain Jarred Doyle scored a hat-trick, but for coach Dennis Mavridis the most pleasing aspect of the win was the way the team went about their work after reaching an early lead.
"We could have gotten to a comfortable lead and then changed the way we played where everyone does their own thing, but we stuck to our guns and played the way we planned to the whole way through,” Mavridis said.
"I was more happy with the way we played. We played the way we wanted to play and got on with our job.”
Mavridis said the storm, which hit just after players returned to the field for the second half, made things difficult for both teams.
"It was a massive storm that blew through and it got to the point where we were starting to wonder if the game would be abandoned,” he said.
"It was the referee's call not to abandon the game and thankfully it disipated and moved on for the last 20 minutes of the game.”
With the semi-finals fast approaching, Mavridis said the Bobcats are still relying on other results to secure a finals berth.
"We're coming up against Boambee this week, so we really need to secure three points to have any shot (of making the finals),” Mavridis said.
"We're trying to get on a roll, we've had two good wins the past two weeks, so if we can make it three then we can re-assess and see what needs to happen.
"Our striking combinations have been threatening for a few weeks now so it's pleasing to see our strikers get so many goals, and our midfield and centre-midfield combinations are starting to work well too.
"The boys are getting keener and looking forward to the games and want to see out the second half of the season and set these goals in motion, but we're taking things one step at a time, approach every game as it comes and not look too far ahead, because we really need to get the wins week to week.”