Robertson keen to eradicate Magpie lapses

Castlemaine takes on South Bendigo at home on Saturday.
Castlemaine takes on South Bendigo at home on Saturday.


LAPSES within games continue to frustrate Castlemaine coach Shane Robertson.

Robertson's Magpies have just one win from their first seven games of the Bendigo Football League season heading into Saturday's home game at Camp Reserve against another side with one victory, South Bendigo.

Last round's 36-point loss to Kyneton highlighted the lapses that have plagued the Magpies this season.

The Magpies outscored the Tigers 54-43 in the first and last quarters, but in between were outscored 39-86 in the second and third terms, costing them the chance of winning the game.

"We're capable of playing a good brand of footy where we kick three or four quick goals in a row, but we then play deplorable footy where the opposition scores heavily against us," Robertson said.

"That has been the case the whole year and it's just the concentration level with the young fellas.

"You need to be on your game for the whole 120 minutes, but they are probably only playing 60 minutes and then getting slaughtered for the remainder.

"It's the mental toughness side of things, which is an area of footy that is hard to coach, but we've just got to continue to persist."

South Bendigo - which hasn't lost to the Magpies since 2005 - is coming off its first win of the season last round against Maryborough, also the only team Castlemaine has beaten.


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