Sluggish start costs Trinity

TRINITY Old Scholars remains winless to start the 2017 Adelaide Football League
season, after suffering a 22-point loss to Brahma Lodge, at home, on Saturday.

Overall, coach Stephen Couzner said he was happy with the side’s performance, which was a vast improvement on the 137-point thrashing it suffered in the opening round.

“There was a little bit of improvement, I was pretty happy,” he said.

“We had a slow start, but we were playing a lot better footy.”

Brahma Lodge dominated the first quarter, making the most of a lot of errors by the Old Scholars to take a five-goal advantage into the first break.

The Lions held the visitors in the second term, through ferocious pressure and strong tackling, and maintained the five-goal margin at both the half-time and three-quarter-time breaks.

Trinity lost key half-backman Ryan Roberts early in the third term to an ankle injury, but that didn’t stop the team from lifting in the last quarter, pushing Brahma Lodge until the end.

Kicking with the wind, the Lions reduced the margin to within two goals in the fourth, but the Tigers kicked away to run out eventual winners 89-67.

Will Wheeler was a standout through the midfield, while Jace O’Hara was, once again, strong and Travis Eves was a surprise package, kicking four goals.

“(Wheeler) wins the ball ridiculously well, his tackling pressure was great and his work rate is fantastic,” Couzner said.

“Trav was playing down back last week, I’m still trying to work out where everyone is best suited.

“He did well down there (up forward), so he may stay there.”

Couzner said Trinity’s poor first quarter started the side off on the back foot, but added he is confident there is solid improvement ahead.

“We turned the footy over too much, which, ultimately, cost us the game,” he said.

“But, once (the players) get better at knowing what’s expected of them, the mistakes will reduce.”

Trinity will play a trial game this week, during the Easter long weekend bye, before gearing up for a hard clash with Ingle Farm, at home, on April 22.

“The wins will start coming once the boys know what we’re doing,” Couzner said.

“We’ve got a pretty good draw, we play all the good sides first and then we’ll know where we’re at.”

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Steph Konatar was an intern at The Bunyip during her Bachelor of Journalism degree. After completing her course, Steph moved to Dubbo, NSW, for her first industry job at The Daily Liberal, before moving to Queanbeyan, NSW to pursue her dream of sports journalism. Steph moved back to Adelaide in late 2015 and soon started work at The Bunyip. She plays Aussie rules for West Adelaide and loves basketball and the NBA.

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