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Heavy loss but finals all wrapped up

By Andrew Johnston

PUT Saturday’s result aside for a minute — what do you see?

Lockington-Bamawm United has surpassed expectations in its 2018 campaign.

With seven wins and five losses to their name, the Cats have all but secured the last finals berth of the Heathcote and District Football League.

The Cats will be hoping Saturday’s 58-122 loss at the hands of North Bendigo away from home was nothing but merely an aberration on an otherwise extraordinary season.

Jarod Bacon was once more in amongst the goals, booting four, with Tyler Phillips once again named the best member of LBU’s up and coming squad.

Kahl Oliver’s troops have performed exceptionally well in the face of adversity, and a poor track record in recent times.

Finishing sixth, and well outside the fifth and final spot in the 2017 playoffs, the side was even worse in 2016 where the Cats finished dead last win a single win to their name.

The side has been building steadily towards success this year, and under the tutelage of club favourite Oliver, LBU has recorded some outstanding results.

With four games remaining this year, fourth place is still very much on the line for LBU — if they choose to chase it.

Oliver has told the Riv previously that his side have agreed that fifth place is where they hope to finish, as fourth plays fifth in the first elimination final.

But with two very winnable games on the horizon — against wooden spoon Elmore, and seventh-placed Heathcote — the Cats could, and should, push for more.

The crunch match for the Cats comes in the penultimate round of the normal season, at home against Colbinabbin.

At current, Colbo is fourth, and two straight wins clear of the fifth-placed Cats.

But with a tough game coming up against the Huntly Hawks away from home, the Hoppers could falter and drop points.

Following the Colbinabbin match, the Cats finish off the normal season with a match against local rivals, and second-placed, Leitchville-Gunbower away from home in round 18.