K rock Football

Devil of a time for Corio

Corio co-coach Darren Bennett (krockfootball.com.au Image/Darren Phillips)

CORIO co-coach Darren Bennett isn’t shying away from how important it is for his club to be competitive over the next month.

After starting the season 0-5 with losses against clubs predominantly in the bottom half of the ladder, the Devils now face teams occupying five of the top six spots on the ladder.

“The next month defines us a little bit; whether we go back to getting massive scores (kicked against us),” Bennett said.

“In our next block of games, we’ve got Bell Post Hill, East Geelong, Inverleigh, Thomson and then (Geelong) West.

“None of them are going to be easy, but we’ve got to work on keeping that margin as low as we can and try to show we are improving.

“We certainly don’t want to be getting blown out of the water every week.”

After a four-point loss to Werribee Centrals in Round 4, Corio returned home for the Waddawurrung Community Game against Belmont Lions confident of opening its account.

However, the Devils were always on the back foot against the Lions as they suffered a 59-point loss.

“It’s one of those things with a young group; some of the blokes that were up in the Werribee games were down in the Belmont game,” Bennett said.

“We had a few really good performers against Belmont. But, some of the ones that played really well the week before flattened out a little bit.”

One of those good performers was again co-coach Joel Bennett, who racked up a staggering 52 disposals and kicked two goals.

However, Darren Bennett believes too much is being left to too few.

“We’ve moved Toby (Bennett) into the midfield, and he had 38 (disposals) on the weekend,” he said.

“We’ve got a new guy, Jackson Doyle, who’s been playing off half-back, and he had 30 on the weekend.

“It’s probably been those three guys who have been in our best the majority of our games.

“We need to give them a bit of a chop out.”

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