WODONGA Raiders have a problem and it’s called the final quarter.
The Raiders haven’t kicked a goal in the last term since Anzac Day.
In the meantime, they’ve leaked 30 goals to their oppositions.
It started with their deplorable loss to Wangaratta Rovers in round 4 and only got worse against Albury at the weekend.
They copped hidings from North Albury and Lavington in between.
Ben Klemke, the Raiders’ playing coach, put their woeful finishes down to confidence. — well, a lack of it.
“It’s not a fitness thing,” Klemke said.
“I think it’s confidence and perhaps a lack of concentration.
“As a group, we knew we’d have ups and downs but it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get out of it.”
Things looked promising early when Raiders won two of their opening three games.
They could have easily run out winners against Corowa-Rutherglen in round 2, as well.
It’s been nothing short of a disaster since.
The Raiders have the worst ranked defence in the competition and have given up almost 10 more goals than their nearest rival Myrtleford.
Winless Wodonga has a better percentage.
Mind you, that may well change when the Bulldogs host the Tigers this week.
“Albury is the best team I’ve ever played against,” Klemke said.
“They were unbelievable.
“As a defender, there isn’t anything you can do because the delivery coming from their midfield is impossible to stop.
“They’ve got a culture we need to get to.”
And that needs to start against Wangaratta on Saturday.
The beauty with football is there is always next week and the Raiders have enough ability to turn things around.
Jydon Neagle, Luke Visser, Dean Limbach, Jack Di Mizio and Michael Steven can all play.
They just need help.
NORTH Albury young gun Josh Minogue.
The Hoppers’ teenage sensation was the talk of the town yesterday after his stellar five-goal haul against Yarrawonga on Saturday. Minogue has shown glimpses of his potential at times this season but strung together his first game-breaking performance against the Pigeons at the weekend. He toyed with Marcus McMillan early before doing a number on coach Drew Barnes. That’s no easy feat. A Rising Star nomination beckons.
BRENDAN Fevola’s form.
Yarrawonga’s main man is struggling. After starting the year with a bang, Fevola has hit a lull in recent weeks. He managed just the single goal against North Albury on Saturday a week after booting just the one in the Ovens and Murray’s thumping of the Hampden league. He’s probably a victim of his own lofty standards but Fevola needs to fire against Lavington on Saturday. And in a big game, you’d be a brave man to back against him doing just that.