In his weekly 'Todd's Blog', Payten talks about the character shown in last week's loss to Penrith at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
We didn't get the result we were after on Sunday. We were beaten by a handy Penrith outfit. I was reasonably pleased with the way we played. I thought we didn't have to change much to get the result.
Both sides completed at 80% and the match was a far better spectacle than the week before. We went into half time 8-4 down and I was a little concerned with the speed of the ruck. At times they were playing the ball to fast and we were constantly on the back foot. We needed to address that
The Penrith team didn't throw anything different to what we trained for and in the end it was a couple of pieces of individual brilliance by their fullback Kieran moss that got them over the line. They scored back to back tries where he played parts in both with 20 minutes to play and we didn't recover.
We had some good performers. At the moment we have our experienced guys working really hard for the full 80 minutes and on the most part our inexperienced players are struggling to adapt to the pace of the Holden cup along with the physical requirements that go with it. Some are also struggling with the senior 80 minute game. We spoke after the game that footy is a collective effort. The good sides have all players contribute and don't rely and wait for their better players to come up with big plays.
I feel at the moment when things get tough some of our guys are cutting corners. It shows in their movement off the ball. That is a mental thing because all of them have put the hard work in over the pre season. They just need to push themselves harder when they get tired. It isnt schoolboy football any more.
Our best performer was Captain Kyle Lovett. His work rate and movement was excellent. He is leading the way for us on the park and at training. Brenden Santi also worked hard through out the game. He pushes really hard when he gets tired and our boys can learn a lot from the work ethic of both of these guys.
I am also pleased with two first year players who in all honesty I didn't think theyd figure in our side at the start of the season but have earned their way into the side through strong efforts in the pre-season at training and good trial performances.
They are Jake Dooner and Delouise Hoeter. Jake is a Camden kid who plays as a front rower or tight forward. His movement defensively and efforts to find his front with the ball are excellent and he will push himself once he is tired. A good 12 months from him in the gym will do him huge benefits because at the moment he is playing above his weight.
Delouise has come through our Keebra Park system. He is an outside back whos versatility was always going to keep him close to our squad. In the last two weeks he has played wing and centre and in the trials he was playing at fullback. He has also spent time in the halves at Keebra Park.
His speed and strength are good but his enthusiasm and willingness to learn have been the most impressive things. His performances in the last 2 weeks have pushed players in his positions and with bigger reputations out of the side.'.