Kilmore showed plenty of good signs in its first match of the season, going down to Laurimar by four points. ​

By Tricia Mifsud

KILMORE Football Club began its 2021 season with a four-point loss to Laurimar on Saturday.

Despite having control over the Power for majority of the game, and going into the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead, the Blues were unable to match Laurimar’s five-goals in the final term that secured them their win.

Windy conditions at Laurimar Reserve were a factor in the match.

Kilmore’s senior coach Nathan Phillips said despite his side’s loss, the potential displayed from his side was evident.

“They were able to implement what we worked on during the preseason, there were a lot of promising signs from the boys,” he said.

“There were pretty windy conditions, so our execution wasn’t spot on, but with 18 months of no football, it’s going to take a bit to get back.”

Luke Chapman and Marcus Webb were Kilmore’s top goal-scorers, each bagging two for the afternoon.

“Daniel Matthew, Kieran Maron and Ciaran Barton [were among our best]. Fitzpatrick was super in the ruck,” Phillips said.

Despite the loss, Phillips said it felt great to finally be out on the oval, after 2020’s season cancellation.

“It was so good, it was exciting. It felt like being a little kid again, and waiting for Christmas to come around again,” he said.

Kilmore face the Lalor Bloods in round two who will also be looking for their first win after coming off of a loss against Mernda.

Phillips said it was a matter of refining the players skills in order to take victory over the weekend.

“We need to sharpen up on our skills. We missed a few handballs that cost us a bit of momentum at times. We also need to work on our goal kicking,” he said.

Saturday’s game at J.J Clancy reserve from 2.10pm will be the Blues’ first home match of the season, and the club will host its sponsors day.

Phillips is hopig for a large crowd turnout.

“We’ve got our sponsors day on Saturday too. We hope to see all our sponsors as well as supporters head down for the day,” he said.