BAROOGA coach Leigh Ramsdale said the Hawks “deserved to lose” last week’s nail-biter against Rumbalara and faces a challenge getting up for Saturday’s blockbuster against Echuca United.
Barooga missed the chance to soar to top of the ladder last week when Rumbalara edged the Hawks out by four points.
But Ramsdale said his side had no right to win.
“It was disappointing but we deserved to lose, purely because of how poorly we played,” Rams-dale said.
“We killed the footy.
“But we get the chance to redeem ourselves against quality opposition this week.”
Despite the closeness of last week’s game, Rumbalara could have had an easier win.
Rumbalara had 41 scoring shots to Barooga’s 22.
Ramsdale said that was largely Barooga’s own doing.
“We need to control the ball a bit better,” he said.
“We just kept coughing it up when we shouldn’t have and it created scoring opportunities for them.
“We didn’t put enough pressure on them.”
Ramsdale said things wouldn’t get any easier against Echuca United.
“They’re probably the side to beat when they have everyone on the park,” he said.
“They are doing great to be on top right now, considering the personnel they have missing.”
In other games on Saturday, Rumbalara also has to butter up for another blockbuster when it hosts Mulwala in a vital clash for both sides.
Moama travels to Congupna, Nathalia hosts Finley and Numurkah does battle with winless Cobram.
Deniliquin Rams will be out to further get its season back on track, hoping for a win over Tongala.