The Northern Knights went down by 50 points to the North Ballarat Rebels on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights took the lead in the last before the Rebels kicked nine of the next ten goals to run away with the victory.
Coach Andrew Shakespeare was proud of the effort the players put in but the last quarter fade out couldn’t be ignored.
“We’ve come a long way in terms of our ability to compete, we play a good brand of football, we are still learning that the games are over four quarters and that’s our challenge to make sure we go that extra quarter or even sometimes just 20 minutes.” Shakespeare said.
“It unacceptable to drop away like we did, but that style of footy we played in those first three quarters showed how good we can be”
The midfield group all had very strong outings for the Knights, Patrick Lipinski (20 disposals) was great in his first game back from injury. While Matthew Signorello, Lachlan Murphy and Luke Bunker all had standout games.
“Patty Lipinski who has been out for 8 weeks to be able to come back in against what is a elite midfield the Rebels have and not only compete against them but standout was great”
“Matty Signorello (2 goals) again continues to stamp his presence on the competition with another 30 possession game, Lachie Murphy just continues to do everything he can to help us win (25 possessions and 7 tackles) and Luke Bunker just shows his class against the opposition week in and week out.”
Oliver Stapleton (20 disposals, 2 goals) Mitch Andrews (18 disposals, 2 goals) and Jack Petruccelle (15 disposals, 1 goal) all played solid games for the team.
The Knights face the Gippsland Power next Saturday back home at Preston City Oval and will look to bounce back from this tough defeat.
Northern Knights 4.2 6.3 8.8 10.9 (69)
North Ballarat Rebels 3.0 7.3 9.6 18.11 (119)
Northern Knights: O. Stapleton 2, M. Andrews 2, M. Signorello 2, M. Harman, S. Binion, L. Murphy, J. Petruccelle
North Ballarat Rebels: J. Jones 5, H. McCluggage 4, J. Berry 3, S. White, J. McQueen, T. Reed, W. Drew, L. Meek, S. Beks
Northern Knights: M. Signorello, L. Murphy, P. Lipinski, L. Bunker, M. Blakey, J. Shea
North Ballarat Rebels: J. Berry, C. Cox, H. McCluggage, W. Drew, C. Lee, J. Jones