Mans­field ju­nior footy moves for­ward

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By PETER HUNT

AN in­for­ma­tion night was held last week for play­ers and par­ents to find out about the new ar­range­ments for the 2014 sea­son.

Mans­field will be field­ing one un­der 16 and one un­der 14 team in the Wan­garatta and District Ju­nior Foot­ball League.

It is an­tic­i­pated that the younger age groups who play at Lords will be un­der 10 and un­der 13.

“Each round will see us take a squad of 26 to the game and all will get at least half a game,” pres­i­dent Bo Christo­pher said.

“The new league is very strict on uni­form and if play­ers do not wear the Ea­gles jersey, ap­proved white shorts and Ea­gles socks the club will be fined.

“The first game will be on March 30 at Glen­rowan.”

There will be seven Sun­day games in the sea­son of 18 rounds.

“The un­der 14s will play at 12 noon on a Sun­day fol­lowed by the un­der 16s at 2.30pm,” Christo­pher said.

“For Satur­day games the times are 10.30am and 12.30pm.”

A spe­cial fea­ture this sea­son will be the match on May 31 against Be­nalla - this will be at home un­der lights on the Satur­day night.

Christo­pher also un­veiled the coach­ing struc­ture for the sea­son.

This in­cluded Stephen Marks as un­der 16 coach as­sisted by Dion Shea­han with James Na­tion as man­ager, and Bill Lines as un­der 14 coach as­sisted by Ken Mur­ray with Rochelle Roberts as man­ager.

“Also new this year is spon­sor­ship,” Christo­pher said.

“Both Markes IGA and Betta Home Liv­ing have signed on to spon­sor the un­der 16s and un­der 14s re­spec­tively.”

Train­ing will be at the re­cre­ation re­serve on Tues­days and Thurs­days un­til Lords is free of cricket.

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