by Jacob Wilson
SOCCER: Solid defensive play wasn't enough for the Whitsunday Football Club Premiers to fend off the Mackay Lions at the Whitsunday Sportspark yesterday.
WFC lost 3-1 with the Lions scoring a few "lucky deflections" from corner kicks.
An own goal from the Lions accounted for the goal for WFC.
WFC men's striker Nathan Sothmann said while the Premier side played well there were some circumstances which went against them.
"There was definitely room for improvement but it comes down to player numbers," he said.
"A lot of the guys we had were back up from the Reserves team and six of seven players had to play reserve and then the Premier game which takes a toll after 180 minutes."
Harry Hodgen and Luke Knightingale were singled out as top players for WFC.
Both sides took something away in the WFC Reserve side clash with Country United yesterday.
Despite Country United scoring in the first half, the WFC reserve side were able to bring the game back into contention and finished with a 1-1 draw.
Sothmann said while the game ended in a draw, there was a chance for WFC to claim victory.
"We played a lot better than Country (United), we went out in the first 60 minutes and played very defensively trying to limit their goals but then our coach changed it up with half an hour to go and put on those Premier players which gave us more of attacking outlet," he said.
"We went out and played the game our coach wanted us to play and we created chances at the back end where we knew our fitness would come over."
Kieren Munckton and Andrew Hodgen were credited as two stronger players, with Hodgen making some crucial saves from the goalkeeper position.
The women's WFC side showed signs of improvement in their second half against Country United.
This was despite losing the game by a substantial margin of 13-0.
WFC ladies captain Michelle Wild said there were a number of fill in players for the clash and opportunities didn't present themselves for WFC until the second half.
"The first half was steady with getting everyone used to each other and were on the back foot at half time," she said.
"In the second half we created some opportunities and got the ball in front of the scoring box but we just couldn't finish when we got down there."