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Falcons fall just short again

Acting captain Keidan Rayner in action for the Geelong Falcons. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

GEELONG Falcons endured more heartbreak on Saturday after throwing away a big lead in a narrow two-point defeat to Sandringham Dragons at Ballarat’s MARS Stadium.

The Falcons led by 26 points at the main break and had held their opponents to just four goals when they led by 19 points at three-quarter time.

But they hit a wall and conceded 13 scoring shots in last quarter, eventually going down 7.18 (60) to 8.10 (58).

The result left Geelong third-last on the ladder with just one win and a draw from their nine matches.

“We were up for the majority of the day, which probably made the final result even more disappointing,” Falcons coach Luke Daffy said.

“The boys were pretty flat at the end of it, but a few decisions that we made in the last quarter resulted in us giving away a few scores.

“We went away from being able to take the game on, which was what we did so well in the first half.

“We were quite aggressive in our ball movement and took the corridor when it was there, but in the last quarter we tended to stay a little bit too safe and didn’t make as bold decisions as we would’ve liked.”

Geelong kicked three unanswered goals in the first quarter and held sway until the dying stages.

“Sandringham are a really good side, and obviously they still had a few players out with Vic Metro duties, but there are definitely some positives for us,” Daffy said.

“We made 13 changes and had four guys come in for their first games.

“There were a lot of positives in the way we played in patches, so now it’s about building that consistency for longer periods of time.”

Daffy was particularly pleased with the performances of wingman Lachie Smith and defender Cam Fleeton.

“Lachie probably played his best game for the year and gave us some good run-and-carry on a wing,” Daffy said.

“We thought he was really strong.

“Cam Fleeton again played another really strong game down back as a key position defender.

“He took his opponent out of the game and then he also won a fair bit of footy as well himself.

“Gennaro Bove came in and was strong again. He was clean around the contest and gave us some good forward pressure, which was really good for us.”

The NAB League has a general bye next week.

Geelong takes on Bendigo Pioneers at Queen Elizabeth Oval in its next outing on June 23.

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SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS  0.3, 1.7, 4.8, 7.18 (60)

GEELONG FALCONS  3.1, 6.3, 7.9, 8.10 (58)

Goals: Sandringham Dragons: G. Grey, L. Lamble, K. Yorke, J. Florent, O. Lord, J. Voss, R. Bowman

Geelong Falcons: C. Sprague 3, O. Henry 2, K. Rayner, G. Bove, C. Lazzaro

Best: Sandringham Dragons: J. Bowey, J. Castan, J. Lloyd, W. Mackay, N. Burke, A. Perkins

Geelong Falcons: L. Smith, G. Bove, C. Harris, C. Fleeton, J. Paterson, O. Barrow