The Premier League’s team to beat, Zig Zag men, conceded an unforeseen loss to Bathurst Souths on Saturday, June 17.
Up until Saturday, Zig Zag looked firm in their position in the top three teams of the competition, with a four point lead on Bathurst Souths. Panthers coach David Marshall praised Zig Zag after their match against the defending champions ended in a draw.
A round later and Zig Zag is fighting to maintain their position on the table, now in equal third place with Bathurst Souths on 16 points.
It all went pear shaped for Zig Zag with a 6-nil loss to the Souths on Saturday.
The usually strong attacking team did not manage to find the back of the net once.
Zig Zag manager Brian Kelly put the loss down to a lack of players and poor performance.
“Yeah, I think it was because we did not have a lot of reserves, some of our players are injured and there was an injury in the game,” he said.
“We turned the ball over to the other team too often. It was disappointing but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“They just played better than us.”
Several Zig Zag players missed out on a weekend of rest because they represented Lithgow at the state championships, held over the long weekend.
“One of the guys, Eli Shirt, picked up an injury at the state championships so he couldn’t play and a few players were carrying injuries. But I don’t want to make excuses,” Mr Kelly said.
“Souths had their whole team, and I think they put the best team they could out on the field.”
Despite the loss Mr Kelly is confident that Zig Zag will make the semi-finals.
The Zig Zag women’s team is still struggling in this year’s competition with a 1-nil loss to the Souths. Currently, Zig Zag is on the bottom of the table.
The team have not won a single game this year. The match against the Souths could have been the perfect opportunity.
By half time neither team had scored.
The victory for the Souths was secured in a late penalty corner.
Zig Zag should have a better chance of a win against Parkes on June 23. Parkes is second last on the table with a four point lead on Zig Zag.