ON THE ATTACK: Mark Johnson and Joe Hobbs with the ball, playing against Dalby in Dalby.
ON THE ATTACK: Mark Johnson and Joe Hobbs with the ball, playing against Dalby in Dalby. Contributed

Bears off to a good start for the season

SOCCER: A lapse of concentration was all it took for the Dalby Tigers to level the scores just before half time in the Bears' opening game of the season.

The Chinchilla team, playing away on Sunday, started well against Dalby, with new captain Mark Johnson slotting a nice goal in the 31st minute of the game.

With some new, younger faces in the side, the team was combining well.

Coach Brett Bowman said the backs and midfields worked well together and it was only "a momentary lapse of concentration” that allowed the Tigers to score.

"And unfortunately we couldn't come back in the second half and put another one in,” he said.

"We tried very hard... the number of opportunities that if we converted, we would have been well and truly in front.”

Bowman said attack was something the Bears would be working on over the next few weeks of training, but nevertheless said it was "a very good first game”.

"(The Tigers) were... the team that won the minor premiership last year, they were undefeated all through the normal season last year,” he said.

"To play them at the beginning of the season and get a 1-1 draw shows we're in a good place for the season.

"We've got new players, we can only improve from here.”


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