NPL: Lambton Jaffas focus on positives after premiership race stumble

REBUILD: Lambton Jaffas coach James Pascoe addresses his team.

REBUILD: Lambton Jaffas coach James Pascoe addresses his team.

Regardless of what happens in the minor premiership race, Lambton Jaffas coach James Pascoe believes 2017 has already been a positive season for his club.

The Jaffas lost 3-1 to Broadmeadow on Sunday, dropping to second, a point behind Edgeworth. Lambton have four games to play and the Eagles five, putting the two-time defending premiers in the box seat.

Lambton made an impressive recruitment drive after finishing seventh last year and have beaten Edgeworth both times this year. However, they now have to bank on the Eagles slipping up to regain first place.

Pascoe, though, said the minor premiership had not been a focus for the Jaffas.

“There’s the potential for a few twists and turns but it certainly hands the ascendancy to them,” Pascoe said after the loss. “But in saying that, the minor premiership isn’t something we’ve spoken a whole lot about. It’s been an absolute rebuilding year from where we were last year. To do what we’ve done, for as long as we’ve done, has been really pleasing.” 

“We’ve got three or four boys having their first year in the league, they don’t know the players and the intensity in the league, so we’ve had a really positive year on the back of a really disappointing one.

“Our goal difference is still plus 15, so for me that tells a real story of how your season has gone. I couldn’t be happier with my boys and we’ve just got to try to finish off well.

“This is the stage of the year you want to go up a gear, we’ve just got to find that and we’ll be fine.”

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