Chance goes begging

Wangaratta pays for missing opportunities in first term as Tigers seize control

WANGARATTA had its three-game winning streak broken on Saturday, going down to Albury by 53 points at the Norm Minns Oval, however, coach Mark Knobel said the Magpies blew a golden opportunity for a fourth consecutive win.

The Tigers were awesome in the second quarter, kicking nine goals to nothing to turn a 19-point quarter time deficit into a six-goal half time lead.

Albury continued to dominate in the third quarter, extending the lead to 67 points at the final change before cruising home to win 16.13 (109) to 8.8 (56).

But while happy with his side’s endeavour in the first quarter and their 19-point lead at quarter time, Knobel said the Magpies failed to capitalise on their dominance.

“It was a major disappointment,” he said.

“The scoreboard won’t show it but we blew at least eight goals in the first quarter.

“We had some easy set shots that missed and we had snaps from 10-15 metres out that went out of bounds on the full.

“They weren’t difficult either so we should have been 8.1 or 7.2 at worst by quarter time.

“We blew a golden opportunity.”

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