Cobden heeds lessons from hard fought win over Terang Mortlake

IMPORTANT: Joel Moriarty kicked three goals for Cobden on Saturday.

IMPORTANT: Joel Moriarty kicked three goals for Cobden on Saturday.

COBDEN coach Levi Dare says the Bombers need to identify and rectify issues in quarters if they’re to become a Hampden league threat.

The Bombers found themselves 15 points down at the first change against Terang Mortlake on Saturday.

They spoke about three problem areas at quarter-time – midfield intensity, helping the defence and balance around stoppages – before going on to win 16.14 (110) to 10.10 (70).

“We have been pretty good at responding when I have put it on us most games,” Dare said.

“But we need to address it while it’s happening. Our guys need to be able to see what the problem is and fix it in the moment instead of waiting for a break.”

Number one ruckman Dare, who praised brother Lincoln and midfielders Joel Moriarty and Brody Mahoney for their efforts, played forward.

Dare chose to play teenage ruckman Toby Hawkins – a prospect who played well during his two-week suspension – in the role.

“I didn’t even bother to put a shin guard on today for the first time since I was about 12,” he said.

“Nick Harding kicked 2.6 but was getting a lot of the ball and I tried to give him space and I took the taller defender which gave him a smaller bloke. I don’t see why we can’t keep that set up next week. I feel amazing. It’s less taxing on my body and while Toby is playing well in the ruck there is no point changing it.”

Bloods coach Michael Sargeant was pleased with their efforts around the stoppages.