Teams face fi­nals wait

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga Con­tin­ued Page 14

Tatura’s draw with Mans­field meant the two fi­nals as­pi­rants — both suf­fer­ing long post-sea­son droughts — would have to wait an­other round to feel as­sured of their progress.

If the round 16 Goul­burn Val­ley League con­test was about board­ing the plane to fi­nals par­adise, the pair sur­vived an in­ter­ro­ga­tion at cus­toms and are wait­ing in the gate lounge.

Sit­ting fifth, the 9-1-6 Bull­dogs have a six-point buf­fer to Euroa in sev­enth, and must win just one of their next two games — again­stMooroopna and Sey­mour — to seal their fate.

At sixth and 8-1-7, Mans­field is far less as­sured of fi­nals, two points clear of the Mag­pies with Sey­mour and Shep­par­ton United on the menu.

Tatura has not played fi­nals since 2014 and coach Ja­ma­son Daniels said the pas­sion of the play­ing group to play fi­nals could not be ques­tioned.

‘‘We’re re­ally hun­gry, we’ve got a re­ally young group that’s re­ally hun­gry to play fi­nals for the first time,’’ he said.

‘‘That shows a lot and shows we care and want to win games to be there. Our mind­set is right, un­for­tu­nately the ex­e­cu­tion just wasn’t there to­day.’’

Daniels said the de­sire to make the top six was not just for the se­nior foot­ballers, but for the en­tire club.

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