We’ll be back, Lavington Panthers vow after grand final defeat to Albury Tigers

UP FOR THE FIGHT: Chris Hyde and James Saker have a disagreement.

UP FOR THE FIGHT: Chris Hyde and James Saker have a disagreement.

LAVINGTON coach James Saker says the Panthers will “give it another crack” after suffering their second straight grand final defeat at the hands of Albury on Sunday.

The Panthers were went toe-to-toe early with the Tigers in heavy conditions but paid the price for scoring just one behind in the second and third terms as they fell to a 40-point defeat.

Saker and his defensive teammates Brant Dickson, Kade Garland and Chris Annett were among Lavington’s best players but the Panthers’ inability to hit the scoreboard proved telling in a 9.17 (71) to 4.7 (31) defeat.

“Albury were just too good when it mattered today,” he said.

“I can’t fault our boys’ effort and all that sort of stuff, we were just beaten by a better side.

“I’m so proud of our club and our boys, we’ve put it out there again and come up short but we will give it another crack.”

TRUMAN, GO: Lavington's Truman Carroll is sent off in the third quarter.

TRUMAN, GO: Lavington's Truman Carroll is sent off in the third quarter.

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