Reserves bow out
THE mighty Mansfield Reserves headed off to Benalla on Sunday to fly the flag for the club in an elimination final against last year’s grand finalists the Kyabram Bombers, but came up short by 19 points.
With everything to play for and it being year over for the loser, it was sure to be a hard fought contest.
Kyabram played the better brand of footy for the majority of the first half, really running hard forward of centre, hitting each contest hard and taking a 20 point lead into the half time break.
Guy Taylor played a great game and could hold his head high. Guy played on country goal kicking legend Paul Newman and he time and time again won the one on one contest.
If not for him, the margin would have been much greater.
Patty Marks and Jamie Rekers played their hearts out.
These two never stopped trying and it is these kids that make the time you put into coaching so very rewarding.
We threw everything at them in the third quarter and we dominated everywhere but the scoreboard, and if we had have put on a little more scoreboard pressure the result could have so easily been different.
We came together for our last huddle with so many people that had travelled over, and we felt we could still win the game, but to Kyabram’s credit, they held firm and really deserved to go through to next week’s second semi-final.
Some are finishing their careers and some are just starting.
That is reserves football; they play for nothing, give so much week in and week out, and I am so grateful to say that I was lucky enough to be involved with this group.
Thanks to all the support staff who helped out Sunday, the players are so grateful.
Good luck to the two junior teams in this week’s grand finals - they are the future of our club which looks really bright.
FINAL BATTLE: Scott Markwick shepherds for Matt Storer during the Eagles’ narrow finals loss on Saturday.