Bobcats coach tears into players after ‘embarrassing’ effort

ON THE RUN: Maclean’s Tom Whalan (left) turns the ball past his Urunga rival during the clash at Barry Watts Oval on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak
ON THE RUN: Maclean’s Tom Whalan (left) turns the ball past his Urunga rival during the clash at Barry Watts Oval on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak

EMBARRASSING. Pathetic. Disgraceful.

They were just some of the words a clearly unhappy Maclean Bobcats coach Guiseppe Terranova used to describe his team's performance on Saturday.

"I've actually been dreading this phone call," he said.

"I'm pretty upset with our loss because we are much better than what we showed.

"We were taught the biggest lesson of our life."

While the Urunga Raiders took just 90 minutes to thrash Bobcats 5-0, the effects of the thumping are sure to linger much longer.

Terranova has already indicated that he will swing the axe at the selection table.

"It won't be dramatic but there will be changes," Terranova said.

"The club has such a strong name and we went out there and showed no heart. No respect for the jersey.

"Tuesday's training session will be a telling factor as to how many but I would say there will be at least one or two.

"We have had consistency with the line-up but not on the field."

Bobcats' hopes of launching a comeback against the Raiders suffered a major blow when goalkeeper Bob Menzies was forced from the field with a head injury.

Menzies went for a diving save but split his head open on the post as he completed the action. The game was halted while he was stabilised before being removed from the field.

"The game stopped for about 10 to 15 minutes but that wasn't our problem," Terranova said.

"I honestly can't take any positives out of the game.

"We were outplayed for 80 minutes and we didn't use the ball in the other 10."

It does not get much easier for the Bobcats, with a trip to the season-leading Northern Storm next week.

"We have to make sure we're ready for that game or we'll be towelled up again," Terranova said.

"A few of the players said the game against Urunga was the worst they have ever played in.

"We have a bit of soul searching to do this week and it will be up to the players to turn that around."

The Bobcats loss leaves them in eighth spot on the North Coast Football ladder, with the goal differential slipping out to -10.



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