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Supersaints bring effort

Blake Grewar was one of St Albans’ best in its 38-point loss to South Barwon. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ST ALBANS co-coach Chris Carlon has hailed the effort shown by his players in a 38-point loss to South Barwon, but doesn’t want his team to be known for “honourable losses”.

The Supersaints were a chance seat to cause an upset when Blake Grewar’s second goal gave them a six-point lead early in the third quarter.

However, they were unable to go the distance with last year’s beaten semi-finalists at McDonald Reserve.

Despite the final margin, Carlon could see plenty of positives.

“Our effort and intensity right from the very start was great,” he said.

“We tackled really well, and we covered off really well.

“Although we were disappointed with the last quarter-and-a-bit, they acquitted themselves really well.”

Carlon is confident the Supersaints are fit enough to match it with the GFL’s best.

However, the former Newcomb and Geelong West mentor knows execution will be crucial if St Albans is to regularly push the upper echelon.

“We’ve just got to understand we need to clean up a few skill errors and look after the ball a bit better,” Carlon said.

“Absolutely, be proud of what we’ve done because I think it’s a turnaround from days gone by.

“But, we don’t want to be known for honourable losses.”

In other positives for the Supersaints, former Brisbane and Essendon big man Sam Michael showed he would be one of the competition’s premier rucks with his work, Newcomb recruit Jack Hudson showed he has what it takes to be a solid GFL player, and Richmond VFL midfielder Blake Grewar was lively.

St Albans hopes to welcome back co-coach Adam Boshevski in coming weeks.

“We won’t rush him back because he’s a pretty valuable asset to us, so we don’t want to get him back and then lose him again straight away.

“We’ve got Jack Beardsall with a broken hand from the pre-season.

“Hopefully, we might see him in the next 3-4 weeks.”

The Supersaints will face another solid test when it hosts Colac at The Gordon TAFE Oval in Round 2.

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