It has it placed third last on the ladder and finals now appears out of the question given its inconsistency this season.
The 48-point loss to the Seagulls was hard to watch if you’re a Magpies fan given that the Seagulls dominated the centre clearances and inside 50s.
“We didn’t take advantage of what we had in the ruck. Obviously we had big Witts and Ceglar rucking against James Wall so we thought we were going to get the advantage there but on the outside of the contest, we got cut up there and couldn’t quite use the ball effectively. They got the jump and from there it went down hill,” Lockyer said.
Lockyer said defender Chris Tarrant was a positive in the loss with four goals, perhaps the only shining light to come out of the result.
“He played forward which was a bit different for Taz. He hasn’t played a lot of footy over the last couple of weeks so we’re just easing him back into it. Four goals was a pretty good result with limited use going forward so that was really pleasing for him,” he said.
Defender Nathan Brown also put his hand up for a senior recall against the Cats this week with an encouraging display.
“Browny played down back. He was solid without being outstanding. It was a tough day for the backs. There was a lot of footy down there so we were under the pump,” he said.
Lockyer believes not many others did themselves any favours.
“I’m very disappointed. I didn’t think we played great footy today and certainly out defensive stuff goes down and a lot of our structures so I think that was poor given the way out senior side side played, I thought the guys would’ve seen it as an opportunity to put their hand up and certainly from that point of view, didn’t do themselves that many favours,” he said.
THE Casey Scorpions nine-point win over Port Melbourne shows that it is a genuine contender this season, that is if anyone still had any doubts about it.
Certainly the pulsating come-from-behind win was one of the matches of the season, but gee, wouldn’t they love to have Brad Green, with six goals, and Aaron Davey (24 touches) in the line-up each and every week.
BENDIGO’S 26-point win over North Ballarat was its sixth consecutive win and coach Hayden Skipworth can’t contain his excitement and certainly the Gold is another challenger on the rise.
Bendigo won on Sunday with several players on limited game time in comebacks from injuries.
“We had the eight blokes on minutes which was hard to manage,” Skipworth said.
Bendigo will take on Casey in a blockbuster this week.
Other winners in the VFL this week were Geelong by 51-points over Box Hill and the Northern Blues by 48-points over Frankston to jump off the bottom of the ladder.
Hero of the week: Brad Green (Casey Scorpions) – Six goals from a crowned leader. Say no more? Certainly won’t be at Casey this week.
Villain of the week: Luke Lowden/Broc McCauley (Box Hill) – Both players couldn’t keep up with the ageing VFL veteran and Cats ruckman Orren Stephenson on Saturday.
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