Crows squander early lead to remain winless

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THE Crows are still winless in A grade after capitulating in the second half to Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes.

Leeton-Whitton was up by seven goals at half-time, but in a 13-goal turnaround the Goannas over-ran the home side to win by six, 44-38 at the end.

Coach Rachal Broadbent was at a loss to explain why her talented side fell away.

“I can’t pinpoint it,” she said.

“Mango made a few changes, we made a few changes. I knew Mango would come out firing.

“I think the girls looked at the scoreboard and thought ‘we’re in front, what do we do?’.

“They’ve just got to start to believe.”

In her first game back from a break Clare Vant stood tall in centre and for a short stint in wing defence. Lauren Valenta Celeste Morrison also did well on the wings.

Broadbent needs he side to play for a full four quarters.

“I keep saying we’ll get there, we’ll get there, but we’ve got to start,” she said.

That could be this weekend against Collingullie Ashmont Kapooka.

“It will be a big, strong game, they’re very physical,” Broadbent said.

“We’re working a lot on it this week at training.

“In both grades we need to get stronger overall. We’ve just got to play our game instead of their game

“(Skills) are definitely there. It’s just more mental than physical. They need to concentrate on their game when they’re on the court.”


A grade: MCUE 44 d Leeton-Whitton 38

A reserve: Leeton-Whitton 42 d MCUE 38

B grade: Leeton-Whitton 69 d MCUE 8

C grade: Leeton-Whitton 38 d MCUE 9

IN HER first game back after having last season off, Clare Vant was good for the Crows playing at centre and briefly on the wing.

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