Kangas need to stick to the plan

STRUCTURES is the boom word in football.

Hamilton Kangaroos coach Jarrod Holt wants his side to stick to theirs against Koroit tomorrow.

Holt said the Kangaroos were disappointed with their round one loss to Cobden and their inability to adhere to the team’s game plan.

“We weren’t happy as a team last week with the performance we put out,” he said.

“We had good patches but overall we weren’t happy.

“Koroit sets the benchmarks in those areas — structures and being disciplined.

“I had a look through their side last week and they had nine different players to the grand final.

“It’s a different set up but it’s still strong.”

Holt said the Kangaroos’ disposal efficiency suffered as a result of their structures falling down. 

“Under pressure we felt we were slapping it on the boot,” he said.

“It was a sloppy game style rather than using the ball well and finding a free player.”

Koroit coach Adam Dowie said the Saints were wary of their work rate dropping off after an emphatic round one win.

“We have to be careful,” he said.

“We think if we really come to play, whether it’s Hamilton or whoever else, that we’re a good chance.”

Dowie said the Saints concentrated on their forward half during the pre-season, in a bid to better complement their defensive mindset.

He said their losses last season indicated it was their lack of scoring, not opposition forward potency, which cost them.

Dowie said the Kangaroos still had a strong home ground advantage as they entered their second Hampden league season.

Koroit named an unchanged side, while Hamilton Kangaroos promoted defender Pat Sherlock.

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