THE Tassie Mariners went down to the Dandenong Stingrays by 26 points in their first TAC Cup of the season in Melbourne yesterday.
The Mariners were the better side and had the upper-hand in the first half to lead by 16 points at half-time. However, their work rate dropped off as fatigue set in during the second half with the Stingrays winning 17.10 (112) to 13.8 (86).
"The first half was really good but we dropped away quite badly in the third and just ran out of legs," Mariners' coach Adam Sanders said.
"The last quarter we tried to get things going but couldn't be efficient enough going forward.
"In the end the first-up effort was good but it was probably one we let get away so that was a bit disappointing.
"Dakota Bannister was really good down back as was Logan Reynolds," he said.
"Glenorchy's Jordan Arnold played a good game on the wing and his teammate Josh Watts had a terrific first half at centre half- forward.
"Another Glenorchy player, Mitch, Rainbird kicked three goals as a medium forward and took some terrific marks and Lauderdale's Nick Dodge also kicked three goals.
"A lot of boys played well for a half and probably just lacked a bit of consistency. It was disappointing we switched off because we were right in the game but it was a good eye-opener for them because it was so quick."The Mariners players head back to their State League clubs for the next fortnight before their next TAC Cup game against the Northern Knights in Melbourne on June 14.