Re­serves bow out

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By MATT STORER

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.

Go Ea­gles.

FI­NAL BAT­TLE: Scott Mark­wick shep­herds for Matt Storer dur­ing the Ea­gles’ nar­row fi­nals loss on Satur­day.

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