Mangoplah-CUE coach Travis Cohalan said the Goannas must improve to be a premiership chance

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT: Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes players group during a tough day at the office at Crossroads Oval last Saturday. Picture: Les Smith
DOWN, BUT NOT OUT: Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes players group during a tough day at the office at Crossroads Oval last Saturday. Picture: Les Smith

MANGOPLAH-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes coach Travis Cohalan hopes last Saturday’s loss to Collingullie-Glenfield Park can be a turning point in the Goannas’ season.

The 41-point defeat in the top of the table clash was MCUE’s first loss of the season and Cohalan was quick to point out that it is not all doom and gloom at Mangoplah Sportsground.

“There’s no need to throw the baby out with the bath water, we’ve only played six games,” Cohalan said.

“We need to work a lot harder...but the good news is there is areas that can be improved week to week. Some things even a change in mindset can see us improve.

“It’s not all doom and gloom by any means, we’ve seen the areas we need to improve and it’s only early so we’ve got plenty of time to work on them.”

Cohalan, however, did see the loss coming and hopes the wake up call may prove the spark needed to set the Goannas up for a big second half of the season.

“I’m happy with our results, in terms of being five (wins) and one (loss) but I’m not overly happy with the way we’re playing,” he said.

“We’ve played well in spits and spurts but we haven’t put together a four-quarter performance all season. Against Leeton, we came close, we played three quarters of consistent footy, but other than that we’ve been playing in patches.

“I’ve always said that we wouldn’t be playing our best footy until July or August just because of the changes we have made this year but we need to work on our consistency.”

The tasks don’t get much easier for MCUE this weekend as they face a trip to Griffith on Saturday.

Griffith are yet to claim a big scalp this season and Cohalan knows the Swans will prove difficult opposition.

“Griffith and Leeton are the two hardest road trips in the competition,” he said.

“Griffith are coming off a bye so they’ll be fresh and regardless of where they are on the ladder, they are always a five or six goal better team at home.

“It’s going to be a good challenge, and a good opportunity for us to respond after the weekend. That’s how we’ll focus on it.”

MCUE will be without key defender Ben Foster (unavailable) for the trip to Griffith. They will be boosted by the availability of talented teen Lachie Kendall for the first time this year.

Griffith could be without Guy Orton, pending his tribunal hearing on Thursday.