BDAFL: Knight rues poor defence as Blues leak goals

29/06/2018 // by admin

BDAFL: Knight rues poor defence as Blues leak goals Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND
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Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Action from the Black Diamond AFL elimination semi-final between Cardiff and Killarney Vale. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

TweetFacebookNEWCASTLE City player-coach Courtney Knight said the Blues need to tighten their defence if they are to bounce back and challenge Terrigal-Avoca in the Black Diamond AFL grand final.

The Panthers booked the first spot in the decider on September 6 on Saturday when the minor premiers defeated the Blues 17.10 (112) to 12.10 (82) in the major semi-final at No.1 Sportsground.

It will be Terrigal’s third straight appearance in the grand final, while City will face Killarney Vale on Saturday at No.1 Sportsground to battle for the remaining spot in the decider.

The Blues were behind at every break, but heading into the fourth quarter City only trailed up eight points.

But when the match was on the line, Terrigal rocketed away with five straight goals in the final term.

Jonathan Gourlay kicked five goals for the Panthers and Thomas Head slotted home four.

‘‘I think we need to continue to improve our defensive effort,’’ Knight said.

‘‘For the second and third quarter on the weekend we were really good and outscored them. That’s our focus for the next week, to tighten the screws in our defensive part of the game.’’

Terrigal lost James Webster (ankle), Ben Lamb (jaw) and Jay Lewis (hamstring) to serious injuries and all are in doubt for the grand final.

Cardiff coach Adam Dugan admitted his side finished ‘‘where they are’’ in terms of ability in the competition.

The Hawks were eliminated from the play-offs when Killarney Vale stormed home in the fourth quarter to win the minor semi-final 12.12 (84) to 9.12 (66) on Saturday.

Going into the semi-final the fourth-placed Hawks had failed to post a single victory this season over a top-three rival.

That record appeared set to be broken when Cardiff enjoyed a three-goal lead at half-time.

But as heavy rain hit No.1 Sportsground, the Bombers handled the conditions better and fought back to be down by five points at the final break.

Four goals to one in the fourth term from the Bombers ended Cardiff’s season.

Dugan intends to continue coaching next season and is expecting the senior contingent of Mick Ryan, Liam Gibson and Ben Stewart to play on and assist the progression of juniors into first grade.

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