ON THE BALL: Horsham Panthers Rugby League players Roi G, Josh Hiku and Owen Swinnerton prepare for the club’s first match. The team went down to the Eastern Dragons 44-18 but took plenty of positives out of the game. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERTHE Horsham Panthersplayed their firstgame in the MountGambier RugbyLeague competition atthe weekend.

Horsham forwardSean McMaughan saidwhile the team lost tothe Eastern Dragons44-18, there were lotsof positives in thegame.

‘‘I think we weredefinitely competitivefor most of the game,’’he said.

‘‘Fitness let us downa bit and for a lot of theguys it was their firstgame, but they playedwell, there was nodoubt about that.’’

McMaughan said itwas great to see plentyof supporters come towatch the team in itsfirst competitionmatch.

‘‘We had a lot ofpeople who saw thestory in the WimmeraMail-Times and droveall the way to Naracoorteto watch us,’’ hesaid.

‘‘We had a few familymembers out therebut to have the communityat large comeand be part of it wasvery encouraging.’’

McMaughan saidthe team started offwell, but fell away inthe second half.

‘‘We did well withthe ball in hand, andwould have done betterbut we dropped acouple of balls overthe try line,’’ he said.

‘‘We need to improvethe defence abit, but we had guyswho have never playedbefore and probablydon’t understandsome of the things likekeeping a straightline.’’

The Panthers have abye this week and willtake on the Blue LakeKnights on January 24.

McMaughan said anyone interested inplaying could call himon 0409 871 262.

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