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McGregor does his bit as SA falters

Tuesday, 26th May, 2015

Lachlan McGregor in action for the Eagles .. the small forward kicked two goals against WA at the weekend. Lachlan McGregor in action for the Eagles .. the small forward kicked two goals against WA at the weekend.

By Peter Argent

Debuting for South Australia at state level, Broken Hill export Lachlan McGregor further enhanced his credentials as a footballer, despite the Croweaters enduring a significant 45-point loss against a quick and hard running Western Australian Football League outfit.

Played on the wide expanses of Lathlain Park in Perth, South Australia was in the contest until half time, but they were run over by a slicker, more polished Sandgropers side.

The final scorers were WA 18.13 (121) to SA 11.11 (77) after just 14-points separated the combatants at the long interval.

“It was a pretty big deck,” McGregor told the Barrier Daily Truth.

“They (WA) were a lot better at the run and spread.

“It the end, especially after half time, they were too quick and got into too much space.”

McGregor played his expected role as a small forward, finishing with two first-half goals, and 12 possessions, with nine of them being kicks and five marks.  

“I got most of my ball in the first half,” McGregor continued. 

“I kicked a goal in the opening term and another in the second. 

“There were also a couple of points in the third quarter as well. 

“The game was played at the same intensity as SANFL footy I thought and I certainly felt comfortable at the level.

“It didn’t feel any higher than that, but it was a good experience to travel with the state team.

“As it was my first SANFL state jumper, instead of swapping it I decided to keep it as a memento.”

McGregor explained that after the final training session, the squad was addressed by SA football great Neil “Knuckles” Kerley, who donned the red, blue and gold jumper on 32 occasions about what is expected of a South Australian footballer that wears that jumper.

McGregor has previous worn the NSW/ACT Rams state jumper at National Under 18 level in 2007 and also with the Rams Under 16s in Perth two years earlier. 

When quizzed about what his aspirations and dreams are moving forward McGregor spoke about his desire to play in a premiership with the Eagles.

“We have a really competitive group and have a strong chance to go all the way,” McGregor said.

“About AFL aspirations, I haven’t thought about it much, but naturally you wouldn’t knock it back, if it came your way.”

McGregor has enjoyed plenty of premiership success already.

As a 16-year-old, he was a member of the Central Broken Hill Magpies A grade flag and the following year he was a member of the Glenelg SANFL reserves premiership over South Adelaide under current Eagles coach Michael Godden.

He was a member of back-to-back flags with Langhorne Creek in the Great Southern League in 2011-12 as well.

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