Pumas go down to strong Ballarat side

Maryboroughʼs Zac Chapman runs the ball out of the centre during the Pumasʼ clash with Ballarat at the weekend.

Maryborough’s veteran footballers delivered a commendable performance in their AFL Victorian Country Masters (VCM) match on Sunday despite going down to a powerful Ballarat team.

The Pumas clawed back a goal after the final siren to trail the Diggers 13.7 (85) to Maryborough’s 7.0 (42) at Princes Park.

Ballarat previously fielded division one and two teams in the league, but this year combined those two teams to create a powerful outfit.

Maryborough defender Gav McGrath said the margin did not accurately reflect how competitive the contest was.

“Ballarat had a pretty strong side with a lot of fitter players and I think we matched them pretty well for most of the game,” he said.

“The difference was probably an edge in speed, and that meant they had a bit more space at times. We’ve had a few close losses this year, and that’s been frustrating, but this was a pretty decent effort from the lads even if the margin was bigger on paper.”

Maryborough kicked the first goal of the match through Travis Cain, but the visitors had the better of the first quarter to open a three-goal lead.

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