Falcons fall to Chargers

Monday, August 12

TURNOVERS and poor decision making cost the Geelong Falcons victory over the second-placed Oakleigh Chargers at Skilled Stadium yesterday.

Without a win in five weeks, Geelong's season goes from bad to worse after the 49-point thumping by the Chargers.

``We are our own worst enemy,'' frustrated Falcons coach Damien Christensen said after the game.

``We missed goals we should have got, went inside 50 as many times and won centre clearances.

``We just turn the ball over with poor decision-making and skill errors and our opposition makes the most of it.''

Despite the disappointment of a fifth consecutive loss, Christensen identified many positives in the 15.13 (103) to 7.12 (54) drubbing, highlighted by Tim Boyle's performance.

``There are plenty of kids still putting their hand up,'' Christensen said.

``Tim was very good across half-back and would have taken a dozen marks for the day.

``Nathan Foley as a rover was good, James Allan was tagged pretty heavily and received a lot of attention. Considering that, I thought he did very well.

``Mark Blake, again, in the ruck gave us first use and he had 16 handballs.''

While an upbeat Christensen praised his players, he's at a loss to explain why his full forward and centre half-forward failed to individually make an impression on the score board.

``We rotated so many players through the position to try and find someone and we couldn't. All our goals were scrambled and not from set shots. Now that is disappointing,'' he said.

The Falcons play top four contender, the Murray Bushrangers, on Sunday at Skilled Stadium.