NOT AT PANIC STATIONS: Temora coach Daniel Fitzhenry takes in the scene as Gundagai overrun the Dragons 66-0 in round one. Picture: Les Smith
KEEPING his hand well away from the panic button, Temora captain-coach Daniel Fitzhenry intends to show faith in the Dragons team thrashed by Gundagai.
After enduring a “long week” of reflection with the bye last weekend,Fitzhenry is not planning mass sackings in the wake of the 66-0 drubbing by the Tigers on April 10.
“We won’t be making a lot of changes,” Fitzhenry said.
“We’ve got a couple of injuries and we’ll have to see how they come up.
“One way or the other there won’t be wholesale changes.”
Coming more than a weekafter the 11-try slaughter at Anzac Park, Fitzhenry’s comments clearly show he is giving the “new team” the benefit of the doubt.
After showing promise in the pre-season, Temora opened the season in the worst possible way, copping an absolute pasting from Gundagai.
Coming in his first game in charge at Temora, the heavy loss marked a low point of Fitzhenry’s coaching career which includes the 2011 premiership with Southcity.
With the dust settled, Fitzhenry is adamant the Dragons learned a “really good lesson” against Gundagai.
“We got a lot out the game,” Fitzhenry recalled.
“They (Gundagai) showed us what it means to stick to the game plan and be clinical in what you do.
“I thought we’d gone all right in the first half and it was only 24-0 at halftime.
“Then they (Gundagai) scored a try in first minute of the second half and that was it.
“The boys dropped their heads, but they still kept trying.
“The effort was there.”
Putting the first round shocker behind them, the Dragons are regrouping for a critical dice with Tumbarumba at Nixon Park on Sunday.
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