Just like LBU of days gone by

By Campaspe News

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United were back to playing their finest footy against Mount Pleasant in the Heathcote District Football League on Saturday.

Coming off the back of a disappointing 68-point loss at the hands of local rivals Leitchville-Gunbower, the Cats responded in the best way — a winning margin of six goals against the Blues.

Seven Cats players got among the 12 goals kicked for the side on the day, with six shared evenly between Lachie Collins and Ricky Walsh.

And the good news keeps rolling in at the Cattery, as Jarod Bacon is a likely in for the Huntly match on Saturday, after being out for the past two weeks with a knee injury.

A disappointing third quarter where the Cats only scored two behinds was a blemish on an otherwise clinical display of footy.

The win puts LBU in the driver’s seat for the fifth and last finals spot, two wins clear of sixth-placed Mount Pleasant, and with a far better points percentage.

Coach Kahl Oliver said it was necessary the side bounced back the right way after the LG loss.

‘‘It was an important game for us, they were only a game behind us and so it’s pleasing to get a win,’’ Oliver said.

‘‘As long as we can beat them in the second half (of the season) too, we’ll cement ourselves a spot in the finals now.’’

With Bacon out of the side, Oliver has had to re-jig the starting line-up, but he said he was happy to have Collins and Walsh put their boot through a few.

‘‘It shows we have a bit of versatility, and with a bit of luck we’re hoping to have him back for Huntly this weekend,’’ Oliver said.

‘‘They’re travelling well and are even better at home so we’ll be up against it. Tom Leech got a poke in the eye before half time, so we’re waiting to see how bad that is.

‘‘We came out after half time and lost Leech and Charlie Hinks hurt his leg, so we had two blokes on the bench and weren’t able to get anything going, which is why they kind of ran over us in that quarter,’’ he said.