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EASTERN RANGES - 5.15.45
CALDER CANNONS - 14.3.87
Playing the second match of Sunday’s TAC Cup triple-header at Werribee, the Eastern boys looked to turn their fortunes around in the last period of the home and away season against Calder Cannons.
Coming up against the Cannons for the third time this season and having lost the previous two contests, plenty was on the line for the Ranges.
Our boys started off kicking against a fierce wind that persisted all day, and by quarter time Calder had a 31-point lead.
The second quarter was very important - if the margin were brought back to level terms before half time - anything was possible.
While Calder were held entirely scoreless in the second term, our boys couldn’t make the most of their opportunities - peppering the scoreboard but only managing 3.7 and trailing at half time by six points.
Kicking with the wind again after half time, Calder were determined to end the contest there and then - kicking 7.1 to just the one behind that Eastern had managed at their namesake end of the ground.
Fueled by some strong feedback at three-quarter time, the boys tried to soften the margin with the wind at their backs, but again inaccuracy was an issue with 2.6 scored.
The final margin of defeat was 42 points, making it seven losses in a row now.
The best players for Eastern were Cooper Leon, Lachlan Stapleton, Billy McCormack, Joel Nathan, Joel Burleigh, and Brent Bredin.
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Next weekend’s match is the final home and away game of the season, against Gippsland Power at Morwell on Saturday.