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MPNFL: Outclassed Seagulls may turn to young guns for answers

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July 9, 2018 by admin

TOORADIN-Dalmore coach Tom Hallinan has floated several changes for the Seagulls’ do-or-die final against Berwick at Berwick on Sunday.
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The Seagulls’ listless 91-point loss to Cranbourne left Hallinan searching for a solution and praising the talents of Doug Koop’s Eagles.

“It was Murphy’s law I guess – what could go wrong did go wrong,” Hallinan said.

“The first quarter was all that we gave – unfortunately we were just overwhelmed by a hell of a lot slicker, more experienced unit.

“Maybe it’s first-time finals blues We’re the novices in the finals and Cranbourne have been there before and maybe it showed.”

Hallinan said his team was devoid of run and carry against the reigning premier, with youngster Jake Genoni a chance for a recall.

“We looked old and tiresome and partly because we were overwhelmed with the footy, and you can look terrible when the opposition does that to you,” he said.

“Jake will come in and play across half-forward and we’ll look at another couple. We need some energy and leg speed into the team.”

The Seagulls have beaten this season and will start warm favourites to advance and take on the loser of the Cranbourne-Narre Warren blockbuster.

Hallinan said he was keen for his team to not be remembered for its disappointing first-up finals performance after promising so much this season. “The result yesterday was an aberration and we only had one performance like that compared to the rest of the season,” he said.


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