WILSTON-Grange maintained their share of ladder leadership after a harder-than-expected success away to Mayne at Everton Park on Saturday.
The Gorillas took the points by 21.16 (142) to 18.7 (115) but coach David Martin was not exactly over the moon with the performance.
BY Terry Wilson
Martin thought the Gorillas should have put Mayne to the sword in the first quarter, but they failed to capitalise and never really took the game by the scruff of the neck.
“Realistically, we had all the footy in the first quarter and could have put them away then,” he said.
“But we played in fits and starts. We’d kick a couple of goals, then we’d let them kick a couple of goals.
“We did just enough to get by, but I guess it’s still good to get the points when you’re not playing at your best.”
Mayne started reasonably well, but let Grange in for late goals in the term, which really hurt the Tigers in the final analysis.
“We played some good footy but we leaked too many goals,” said player-coach Luke Faulkner.
“We’re missing a couple of defenders and we had trouble slowing them down.
“I know we’re capable of scoring when we go forward, but we’re a big light-on at the back at the moment.”
Former Southport player Lachlan Moir proved a winner for the Grange, kicking six goals in roles on a wing and at full-forward.
Half-back flanker Lee Smith had a huge second half and midfielder David Tough, lived up to his surname with another busy effort in the middle.
For Mayne, their best were midfielder Jeames Gillett, centre half-forward/ruckman Logan Bower, playing on permit from Morningside, and veteran Andrew Housego at full-forward.