MULWALA coach Nic O’Bryan says some of his Lions were embarrassed with their performance in last Saturday’s second semi-final disaster.
The Lions must bounce back from their biggest loss of the season this week if they want to play for the premiership.
They take on Finley in the preliminary final fresh from a 50-point hiding from Echuca United.
O’Bryan put the acid on his troops ahead of the do-or-die clash at Tocumwal, saying he was expecting a vast improvement.
“It was our worst, by far,” O’Bryan said.
“It was twice as much as we’d lost by in any other game this year.
“We had a fair few guys who were embarrassed with their performance to be honest and I’m expecting them to turn it around this week.”
The Lions stayed out on the ground following Saturday’s hefty defeat, which saw the Eagles firm heavily as flag favourites.
O’Bryan said it was just to emphasise the need to move on quickly.
“It was only for a minute or so but I just wanted to get it off their mind.
“There’s nothing you can do about it now. We just quickly focused on this week.”
O’Bryan said the Eagles had set a benchmark in the competition with their stellar weekend showing.
Echuca United now has an extra week to freshen up for the decider, while the Lions and Cats will fight for survival.
“They definitely played better on the weekend than the two previous times we played them,” O’Bryan said.
“They smashed us in the clearances and contested footy and kept giving their forwards opportunities.”