Positive Cats after Devine intervention

By Alex Mitchell

Mooroopna will continue to search for improvement in tomorrow’s meeting with Shepparton at Deakin Reserve.

There has not been much to celebrate for the 1-9 Cats, with their only win coming against fellow battlers Shepparton Swans a fortnight ago.

But ruckman Lachie Devine said the young group would stay positive and keep fighting to get better.

‘‘It is quite tough, obviously the results haven’t gone our way,’’ Devine said.

‘‘We’ve got quite an inexperienced group, Trent Freer is probably our oldest player and captain and has a lot of knowledge, and Rob Oz (Osborne) as well, but the whole group is pretty young and we’re struggling to deal with (losing) a little bit.

‘‘We are positive, we know we’ve got the list there to do it and we’re good enough to do it, it’s just about putting the effort it out there on the park.

‘‘We’ve spoken about it during the week, when we bring that effort that’s when we play our best footy.’’

The Cats hit tomorrow’s clash with the Bears off the back of a 71-point loss to Shepparton United.

They were in the game for a half, but came out flat after half-time and were blown away, something Devine said the side was keen to rectify against Shepparton.

‘‘(Shepparton) is a very good team, in the grand final last year and probably roundabouts again this year as well,’’ he said.

‘‘After a pretty disappointing week last week, we want to come out and have a crack and give 100 per cent, because I think the effort lacked a bit last week.’’

Speaking before tomorrow’s Pride Cup match, Devine said his club was proud to be a part of the occasion.

‘‘Obviously it’s a great occasion to be able to support them, we had someone come down from (GV Pride) and have a chat to us, and it really made us think about that sort of thing,’’ he said.

‘‘So it’s good to be involved and playing the match for it.’’

Shepparton coach Sean Harrap said his side was keen to bank another win against the struggling Cats.

‘‘We’ll treat them with respect and worry about our own game, like we did last week,’’ he said.

‘‘Externally you might look at our percentage and say it isn’t great, but we hadn’t played the bottom two teams until this week and last week, we improved it a fair bit last week, which was really good.’’

Harrap said Rhiley Lau would likely miss the clash with an ankle injury, with forward Matt Brett returning to Werribee’s VFL side.