RELENTLESS pressure – that was the key to Whorouly’s 16-point victory over Tarrawingee on Saturday.
Ensuring the Bulldogs’ elite ball users – players like Kyle Raven, Finton Eames and Dan McCormick – were never allowed the time to make use of their talents was high on the list of priorities for the Lions, and coach Scott McMasters said that particular goal was achieved.
“The boys were just ruthless in that first half,” McMasters said.
“Contested ball was a real focus – we identified last year that Tarrawingee wasn’t as strong in that area as they had been previously, but their class got them over the line.
“They have some very good users of the ball, but they aren’t overly quick, so we just had to put them under constant pressure.
“We executed that well – denying them the football, protecting space and just doing all of those little basics that really add up at the end.”