Mok and the Magpies get ready for St Pat's

Caley Mok and Ronald Lawrence celebrate last year's semi-final win, but Mok has emphasised that the group has moved on since last year's finals campaign. Photo: Nick McGrath
Caley Mok and Ronald Lawrence celebrate last year's semi-final win, but Mok has emphasised that the group has moved on since last year's finals campaign. Photo: Nick McGrath

One of the big gains of the Cowra Magpies' winning form the last two weeks has been the goal kicking form of Caley Mok, but the winger says he and his team have plenty to work on ahead of this Sunday's clash against an in-form Bathurst St Pat's.

Mok has been in strong touch with his goal kicking, kicking six goals from seven tries against the Lithgow Workies then backing that up with seven from nine against the Blayney Bears, but still thinks he has a bit of work to do in terms of his on-field role.

"From a kicking point of view I always try to do as much practice as possible throughout the week, so I'm happy with the way I'm kicking the ball at the moment," the locally-based player and realtor explained.

"In terms of my form on the wing for Cowra... I think there's a bit of room for improvement, but I'm just slowly starting to find my feet after a couple of games off.

"Hopefully as the season progresses, we can keep on playing well with the team, and then the goal-kicking's not going to be too much of a worry if we're scoring too many tries and blowing people off the park."

However, Mok also emphasised and echoed coach Kurt Hancock's focus on defence ahead of Sunday's clash and a tough month of fixturing.

"It's really important that our defence is on point for the rest of the season, and... we've been building towards that, we've been doing a fair of work on our defence at training," Mok said.

The goalkicking's not going to be too much of a worry if we're scoring too many tries and blowing people off the park

Cowra winger Caley Mok

"We're coming into a pretty tough run of games; we definitely need to make sure we're keeping them out, because I know that we've got the points in us if we do."

St Pats represents the first of those fixtures, and Mok was keen to stress how important it was that the team operates on all cylinders at Sunday's clash.

"They've had a really strong start to the season and they've obviously got strike weapons all across the park."

"We've really got to be on our game in every aspect, but they've got a lot of attacking flair, so we're definitely going to need to be on in defence especially."

Despite the slow start to the season, Mok also praised new recruits like Matt Naden, Claude Gordon and Lewis Dwyer for easily slotting into the club.

"All the boys love having them around and it's much easier to play footy with guys you like as a mate, so I think they've fitted in really well," he noted.

The new players, according to Mok, have also acted as a valuable reminder that while there is still a drive go one further than last year's Grand Final loss, this year's team is a different outfit.

"We're trying to put the Grand Final loss behind us and not worry about that too much... We've got a few new players there as well that didn't experience that last year with us," Mok said.

The local also made note of the benefit of having strong support from local Cowra residents.

"[It's] very sports driven in the community - so it's good to have them behind you."

"We really enjoy playing in front of a good crowd and we always seem to get a pretty good one at home.

"Hopefully it's no different on the weekend."

St Pats and the Magpies go head to head at 2pm on Sunday, with league tag, reserves and under 18s fixtures also taking place beforehand.

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