Rockliff Pissed Off When Lions Acted Like “Scaredy Cats”
Skipper Tom Rockliff told reports that the Brisbane Lions are seem to be acting like “frightened cats” which causes some problems to arise which led them to a loss after 4 rounds. Rockliff has just returned from a two-week time off because of broken ribs and a punctured lung only to be welcomed by a […]
Skipper Tom Rockliff told reports that the Brisbane Lions are seem to be acting like “frightened cats” which causes some problems to arise which led them to a loss after 4 rounds. Rockliff has just returned from a two-week time off because of broken ribs and a punctured lung only to be welcomed by a 53-point hiding from the Eagles at the Gabba.
The Lions is quite a young team stricken with various injuries but Rockliff said he has gotten tired of all these excuses. He also said that the only way to reclaim victory is to do hard work.
Rockliff told at recovery session last Monday that: “It’s like we’re scared to make a mistake. The two weeks I watched was like “we’ve got the option but we don’t want to take it for some reason. We’ve got to get back to playing that free-flowing footy.”
Coach Justin Leppitsch after last Sunday’s loss directed his team to continue leading the game despite the turn overs in the forward half leading to 6 West Coast goals at half the time.
Leppitsch was quoted as saying: “We can’t go down playing conservative, old footy and kick to contest to contest to contest, because I don’t think there’s much solution in that either.” Rockliff on the other hand admitted that he also did a poor performance at last Sunday’s game and was part of the team loss.
He also said that Leppitsch reiterated to the players that they would not be chastised for committing mistakes during the game.
Moreover, Rockliff stated: “I’m sick of the excuses that we give ourselves. It’s a really character-building time for us now and it’s time to show a bit of character and show a bit of fighting spirit and the only way you do that is the way you attack the footy, the way you attack the opposition and it’s a good opportunity this week.
One wins for a group, especially where we are, it builds momentum and you get that belief when you get the win. I know I’m sick of sitting down the bottom of the ladder and saying every year … giving this promise to our members and supporters that we’re going to improve and go up the ladder.
The talking’s done for me. We need to improve as a group and it starts with me as captain of the footy club and works its way through the playing group.”