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Not all doom and gloom: Carson

St Joseph’s co-captain Alex Hickey. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

COACH Paul Carson was remaining upbeat despite St Joseph’s being held to its lowest score of the season in Saturday’s second semi-final loss to Colac at GMHBA Stadium.

The two-time reigning premier managed just one goal after quarter-time in suffering a 28-point loss, 9.14 (68) to 5.10 (40).

“Colac’s intensity after quarter-time really lifted, and for long periods of time in the second and third quarter we just couldn’t get out of our back half,” Carson said.

“Our defence held up really, really well. But they almost controlled most of the last three quarters.

“But in saying that, we had chances. We could have bridged that gap. We could have got back within 10 points at one stage halfway through the last quarter.

“So it’s not all doom and gloom; they’re definitely beatable.”

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Despite its recent dominance of the competition, St Joseph’s has now lost four consecutive matches to Colac starting in Round 17 last year.

Joeys have failed to kick more than ten goals in any of those four matches, including five on Saturday.

“Their full ground defence was really good,” Carson said.

“But we hit the post three times; we missed two from the top of the (goal) square.

“It’s probably not an issue for me. I feel like we should have kicked ten goals yesterday.

“But Colac are probably saying they should have kicked 15. They missed some shots, too, that you would probably normally kick.”

In a further blow for St Joseph’s, star midfielder Brenton Rees may struggle to play in the preliminary final after suffering a hamstring injury.

It comes after Brant Haintz missed the loss to the Tigers with a knee injury.

“We don’t know the extent of it just yet, but he didn’t finish the game out,” Carson said.

“Even with the slightest of strains, you don’t play (the next week) on a big ground and in a prelim final.

“It’s a bit of risk. We’ll assess that as the week plays out.”

Luke Webb, who was dropped due to a points squeeze with the return of Cal Mitchell, Tom Denning, James Allen and Harry Smith are among those in the mix to replace Rees.

“We’ll look at our team balance and what we need to do, and depending on what happens with ‘Reesy’, we might just have to shuffle the cards around a bit there.

“But all those guys are being looked at closely now.”

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