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Missed chances hurt Bannockburn

Bannockburn coach Peter Riccardi urges on his players at three-quarter time of the second semi-final loss to Thomson. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BANNOCKBURN coach Peter Riccardi says an inability to make the most of its dominance of the first quarter of Saturday’s second semi-final proved costly.

The Tigers will now have to go via the preliminary final if its to end a 16-year premiership drought after suffering a 44-point loss to Thomson at St Albans Reserve.

Kicking with the aid of a northerly breeze in the first term, Bannockburn failed to capitalise on its advantage.

“We just didn’t take our opportunities when they came,” Riccardi said. “1.3 in the first quarter with probably 75 per cent of the play in our forward half, (and) they go down three times and kick 2.1.

“That’s pretty much the story of the day.”

“We spoke about going forward; we didn’t want to bomb it in … but we didn’t want to move it that slow either.

“It was about having control of the game and knowing when to go fast and when to go slow. But we just went slow pretty much the whole first quarter which was pretty disappointing.”

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Riccardi says that provided an unfortunate flow-on effect for the remainder of the contest.

“All of a sudden we rush and start doing things against the breeze that we should have been doing in the first quarter in the second quarter,” he said.

“We were rushing more, which was uncharacteristic, but that’s what Thomson do to you.”

Losing leading goalkicker and GDFL Team of the Year small forward Brent Jacques after he received a cut above his eye didn’t help Bannockburn’s cause.

“We thought we could stretch them tall with a couple of smalls at their feet,” Riccardi said.

“But when ‘Jacquesy’ goes down, we only had Linc (Peters). So we had to change it up at half time.

“Obviously ‘Hoey’ (Matt Hoe) kicks a goal for us, we looked more dangerous when we had that; someone at their feet that could mop up and put some pressure on when the ball hit the ground.

“But that’s footy, I suppose; you’re going to get injuries.”

Bannockburn will hope to get back Matt Tyquin and Cal Hetherington for the preliminary final.

Cal Hetherington’s best hope of returning from a shoulder injury rests on the Tigers earning another shot at Thomson.

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