Lavington's Saker asks: Why do we fade?

James Saker.
James Saker.

LAVINGTON coach James Saker has lamented the club’s inability to win big games and labelled Saturday’s 29-point loss to Yarrawonga as extremely frustrating.

The Panthers again blew a golden opportunity to sink a league heavyweight after surging to a 16-point lead almost 15 minutes into the second quarter.

Lavington consistently pumped the ball inside 50 in the opening half but failed to cash in.

“That’s exactly what happened and we have got to take full responsibility for that,” Saker said.

“It’s not good enough.

“We can’t tolerate these sorts of performances in finals.

“It’s been happening at the club for the past three years — close enough is not good enough.

“We’ve got a week to change that.”

Saker, who largely blanketed the influence of Yarrawonga star Brendan Fevola at the other end of the ground, said it wasn’t all bad for the Panthers.

But that only added to his frustration.

“Our intensity was good, our effort was good and our numbers were good but we just can’t cough the ball up against quality,” he said.

“It’s as simple as that.

“It’s extremely frustrating to have faith in guys as a match committee that they can do the job.

“But when the real clutch moments arrived, we didn’t stand up, which is very frustrating.”