SMYTHESDALE supporters were celebrating again after a three point win against Carngham Linton on Saturday.
Under Coach Stephen Frys the seniors have notched up their second win in four rounds of Central Highlands football.
Both sides fought a hard game and it was only in the final quarter that a winner could be picked.
“We probably didn’t play to our best of our ability, I think,” said Frys.
“It was a credit to the boys just to fight it out the way we did. “We knew that after half time that we had the fitness and if we could keep in the game, we had confidence that we could overrun them.” Smythesdale kept the intensity up to Carngham Linton, which the Saints weren’t prepared for.
“We put a real focus on contesting the footy, they are a taller side than us and we knew when the ball come to ground we had to win that contest,” Frys said. “The boys responded really well and had a crack all day and got us over the line.” Frys added the win on Saturday was completely different to the one against Skipton, which was a nice clean game and the win was set up early, opposed to Saturday’s scrappy game fought out to the end. The wins have brought a definite relief to the players and club.
“They know their footy is definitely good enough to compete with the best sides in the league, in patches, but the focus now is on being consistent – a four quarter effort,” Frys said.
“Even on the weekend I feel that we only played two and a half quarters of football the way we wanted to play – plenty of room for improvement, which is good.”
Frys added that when you have come from where the bulldogs have been any win is fantastic, regardless of who it’s against.
“These sides that we beat might only be former Lexton Plains sides but they still beat us by 80 – 100 points last season, and we’ve turned that around and it’s a major improvement within the club and we are happy with the way things are travelling,” he said.
Smythesdale takes on Rokewood on Saturday and Frys is confident if they put in four good quarters, which they haven’t done yet this season, then have a good chance of another win.
“We have to start well to really put a stamp on any game we are playing,” Frys said.