K rock Football

Dragons short of the mark

Bell Park - Jack Hall (Marcel Berens)
Bell Park - Jack Hall (Marcel Berens)

Bell Park has been unable to escape the clutches of its opponents in 2022. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BELL Park coach Shane Jack concedes his team is not meeting the expectations he had for his team in 2022.

The Dragons finished among four teams with a 7-4 win-loss record during last year’s COVID-shortened season.

However, six rounds into 2022 and Jack’s men find themselves in an uphill battle to play finals, with their lone victory coming against the winless St Albans in Round 2.

Bell Park’s inability to play out four quarters is glaring, with the Dragons outscored by an average of 23 points in the second half of their five losses.

Colac (10.8 to 3.1), South Barwon (13.9 to 6.2) and Grovedale (8.6) especially got hold of Bell Park.

“A lot of the games, we’ve got within a kick in third quarter, but we’re just not doing it for the four quarters at the moment, which is a bit disappointing,” Jack said.

“We thought we were going to be around the mark; up with the leaders in the top five.

“But as it is at the moment, we’ve fallen short in a couple of games.

“And up against the really good sides, they’ve probably found us out for a quarter or a quarter-and-a-half, and that’s all it takes to ruin a good game of GFL footy.”

Jack believes too much is being left to too few and is keen to see others step up and share the load.

“We’ve had a lot of boys that have been down,” he said.

“A lot of the weeks, we’ve had 5-7 good players, but the bottom ten are probably letting us down a bit.

“Our skill errors are really hurting us. Every time we seem to turn the ball over, the opposition is scoring.

“We’ve been doing a lot of touch work during the week.”

Bell Park hosts the winless Lara at Hi Sushi Oval, with Jack hoping a win can spark the Dragons ahead of a tough following two weeks against St Joseph’s and St Mary’s.

However, the Cats are much improved since Easter despite not opening their account for 2022.

“Against St Mary’s, they played some good footy,” Jack said. “They pushed Joeys to 20 points.

“We’re not taking anything for granted. We know we need to play our best football against any opposition to come away with a win.”

Ruckman Luke Goetz will return from an ankle injury suffered against South Barwon, while forward Nick Petering, youngster Zac Mirkovic and defender James Baker are also likely to take on Lara.

“We’ve got some options with the boys coming back,” Jack said.

“We’ve just got to look at how they’ve recovered, and, hopefully, we get them back for the senior game.”

Geelong VFL-listed trio Fraser Marris, Ben Worme and Will Christie all played with Bell Park last week.

However, one or all of that trio may be required by the Cats.

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