Sunbury Lions will be hoping to snare an away victory this weekend when it takes on Redan in the Ballarat Football League.
The Lions last won a game on the road just over 12 months ago when they beat Melton South, in Melton, in round two last season.
Lions’ coach Travis Hodgson said they were well aware of their terrible road record in recent times.
“We’ve made a conscious effort to change that,” he said.
“Redan had a really good win in their only game against Ballarat.
“This game looms as a really big challenge for us.”
The Lions will enter the game on the back of their first win of the season, beating Melton South at the weekend.
Hodgson said it wasn’t the side’s greatest performance, but they did enough to win 12.15 (87)-10.6 (66).
“It’s good to get on the board,” he said.
“South were competitive and stayed close enough. They are a young side and they keep that intensity when they are close.
“We got the margin out to 40 points in the last quarter before they kicked the last few goals of the game.
“We were a fair bit off our best.”
Hodgson said they didn’t use the ball well and were again poor in front of goal – after kicking 13 points and seven out on the full in round one, they kicked another 15 points against the Panthers.
Jack Sheehan was the main culprit this week, kicking 0.5.
Hodgson said while it was frustrating, it was something that was easily addressed.
Lachie Bramble, Alik Magin, Andrew Duhau and Alec Goodson kicked three goals each for the Lions.
Hodgson said Bramble and Magin were the clear standouts.
“Lachie broke the lines and opened the game out,” he said. “Alik is just class and every time he touches the ball something happens.
“Jayden Eales was good in the ruck, while Mitch Conn was handy, but the other two were the best two players.”
Hodgson said that Ben Brennan is expected to return this week, having missed Saturday’s game due to work commitments.
He said he expected Dylan Landt to again be in the mix for Essendon’s VFL side, having made his debut for the club at the weekend.
Meanwhile in the A-grade netball, the Sunbury Lions had a big win against Melton South.
The Lions took the lead in the first quarter and extended that throughout the game, winning, 61-38.
Shelby Holter scored 41 goals from 46 attempts, while Ruth Smith scored 20 goals.
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