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Missed chances hurt Falcons

Will Kilpatrick (right) fires a handball to teammate Archie Hildebrandt in the Geelong Falcons’ 35-point loss to the GWV Rebels at GMHBA Stadium. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

GEELONG Falcons were left to rue wasted opportunities in a 35-point NAB League defeat to Greater Western Victoria on Sunday.
The Falcons endured a goalless first quarter and were victims of their own poor kicking later in the match, trailing by 19 points at the final change despite having one more scoring shot than their opponents.
GWV took full advantage, kicking four goals to two in the last quarter to run away with a 12.10 (82) to 6.11 (47) win at GMHBA Stadium.
“We had a really positive start in the first 10 minutes and got our hands on the footy,” Falcons coach Luke Daffy said.
“But it was a bit of a story of the day that we just didn’t make the most of our opportunities.
“Particularly in the second half of the first term and the second term, we just used the ball really poorly.
“Goals from turnovers really hurt us and they would’ve probably scored seven or eight of them.”
The Falcons controlled play for large periods of the third quarter but were wasteful in front of goal, managing just two goals from nine scoring shots for the term.
“Our third term was probably our best quarter of the game,” Daffy said.
“We were really competitive around the footy and it was played in our front half.
“We had some good forward pressure and repeat stoppages in the front half.
“But not being able to put the scoreboard pressure on and finish in front of goal just keeps sides in the game a little bit.
“We left ourselves too much to get back in the end.”
Co-captain Jesse Clark, who was playing his first game since May, and Noah Gribble had 27 disposals each for the Falcons, who were also well served by underage duo Charlie Ham and Archie Hildebrandt.
Charlie Sprague kicked 3.3 for the Falcons and key defender Cam Fleeton continued his outstanding season in the backline.
“Ham and Hildebrandt played their best games for us this year and for them to come in and have a real impact for us was a real positive sign,” Daffy said.
“Cam Fleeton was fantastic again today at centre-half-back.
“He was really competitive, he took some strong intercept marks and he’s got a bright future, I think.”
The Falcons have another bye next week before jumping on a plane for their only interstate trip of the season against Tasmania Devils in Hobart on August 3.

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GWV REBELS  4.2, 6.5, 8.6, 12.10 (82)

GEELONG FALCONS  0.2, 2.4, 4.11, 6.11 (47)

Goals; GWV Rebels: N. Caris 4, M. Martin 2, M. Jorgensen 2, J. Rantall 2, F. Marris, M. Herbert

Geelong Falcons: C. Sprague 3, J. Sarcevic, C. Karpala, K. Rayner

Best; GWV Rebels: C. Craig-Peters, J. Dwyer, M. Martin, J. Rantall, M. Burgess, R. Polkinghorne

Geelong Falcons: C. Fleeton, C. Sprague, A. Hildebrandt, C. Ham, N. Gribble, O. Barrow