HAMILTON Kangaroos might pay a high price for their 10-point win over Port Fairy yesterday.
Coach Jarrod Holt tweaked a hamstring and ruckman Jason McIntosh rolled an ankle and are in doubt for Saturday’s match against Terang Mortlake, despite prevailing 9.13 (67) to 7.15 (57) at Melville Oval.
Holt said his side’s opening quarter of 7.2 to 1.2 was the difference in the game
“We played some good footy in the first quarter but it all just fell away after that,” he said.
“Both sides would agree it wasn’t a great game of footy. We were lucky enough we had the win.”
Holt said he was pleased his side had been able to conjure an ugly win.
“We have to be pleased with the win. They will be hard to come by (for anyone) this year so we will take it.”
It was a case of one that got away for Port Fairy. The Seagulls, trailing by 19 points at three-quarter-time, kicked 1.6 to 0.3 in the final term.
Meanwhile, reigning premier Warrnambool claimed another scalp on Saturday, inflicting Terang Mortlake’s third loss of the season.
It won, 10.13 (73) to 5.9 (39) at sodden Terang Recreation Reserve.
The Blues went goalless in the opening term but piled on five unanswered majors in the second quarter to turn a 16-point quarter-time deficit into a 16-point half-time lead.
Warrnambool coach Scott Carter said the Blues, who kicked five goals to three after the main break, took time to settle into a rhythm.
“We were fortunate in the first quarter Terang Mortlake missed opportunities,” he said.
“I thought we were a lot cleaner with our ball use than Terang was, especially with inside 50s after quarter-time.”
Ruckman Andrew McCarthy, defender Brendan Moore, midfielder Jake O’Donnell and swingman Sam Cowling were among the Blues’ best.
“Cowling, after quarter-time, was the only one grabbing the ball like a dry day,” Carter said.
Bloods defender Tyson Densley kept Jason Rowan to one goal.
Carter said it was an intriguing battle.
“He pushed up the ground and played a part in six or seven goals,” he said.
“Rowy had a good third quarter. It was a good duel.”
Warrnambool recruit Will Paulin hurt his shoulder and will know the severity of the injury in coming days.
“It was courageous play. He was backing back for the ball and filled a hole at half-back and ran into traffic,” Carter said. “It doesn’t look great (the prognosis).”