Highmore urges NEAFL consistency ahead of NT Thunder clash

Canberra vice-captain Tom Highmore says his playing group has work to do in order to match it with the NEAFL's best.

Not shying away from the disappointment of the Demons' 89-point loss to Brisbane a fortnight ago, the 21-year-old discussed the with importance of maintaining consistency within games ahead of tomorrow nights encounter with the NT Thunder.

Highmore in action for Canberra. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

“Brisbane were a quality outfit, with the majority of them listed players, it was a massive challenge," Highmore told www.canberrademons.com.

"The disappointing aspect from our end was that we were able to match it with them for large parts of the game, but when they got a little run on we would drop our heads which is something we are constantly working to rectify."

The former GWS Academy product labelled Canberra's start to the season as "inconsistent" but admits time is on the club's side to turn around their season.

“We have begun the year in an inconsistent fashion, playing patchy football.

"However, I strongly believe we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of our potential, with a young list we are constantly learning of the demands of such an even competition having to be at your best every weekend.

"We are certainly still working towards building our brand and identity. A big part of that is performing consistently, week in and week out, and winning those close games of football.

“The beautiful thing is that we are only part way through the year with plenty of time to get back to our best.”  

Highmore says the gap between the Demons’ best and worst football was reviewed by the coaching and playing group during the bye week.

“Our gap between our best and our worst has been there for all to see in the first six rounds, but again lamenting the point of needing to be ready to play every week because any side can win on any given day.

"It's cliche, but all we can ask from a leadership perspective is for the guys to buy into the program and play their role week in and week out.

"It starts this weekend with a change of scenery in Darwin, we are hungry to get to our best, believe me."

Follow tomorrow night's clash with the NT Thunder on NEAFL TV.

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