Doon’s spirit de­stroyed by Mi­lawa

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By PAUL DI­A­MOND

ON the sec­ond day of win­ter, the weather opened up for an­other beau­ti­ful day to play lo­cal coun­try foot­ball.

Un­lucky for the strug­gling Bon­nie Doon boys, they had to come up against one of the best teams in the Ovens and King league, Mi­lawa.

Coach Matty De­la­hey only had 20 play­ers who had com­mit­ted for the day which was dis­ap­point­ing, given that the home ground had seen good num­bers dur­ing mid-week train­ing.

Once again the pro­fes­sional-like struc­ture of th­ese top three teams de­stroyed the spirit of the young Doon team early on, down by over 10 goals at the first break.

The back-men con­stantly hav­ing balls drilled to their op­po­nents that seem­ingly al­ways had 2-3 me­tres at the grab.

There was some se­ri­ous player strength in the Mi­lawa out­fit, which is a ma­jor credit to their re­cruit­ment, some­thing that Bon­nie Doon has to look for­ward to in the years to come.

The mid­field bat­tle was there to be had, with the same trio tak­ing it to town the whole af­ter­noon, but some­how the ball would pop out to the ad­van­tage of the Demons.

Con­stantly hav­ing 10 goals kicked against us per quar­ter, it all seemed very stren­u­ous from a back­man point of view and while judg­ing the high­lights of the com­pe­ti­tion, it also gave the harsh re­al­ity of how far be­hind we re­ally are.

It’s very im­por­tant to note that the foot­ball club is con­tin­u­ally build­ing the club af­ter the dis­ap­point­ing changes at the end of last sea­son.

We wel­come all play­ers in the gen­eral com­mu­nity that would love to be a part of some­thing spe­cial in this com­plete Bon­nie Doon Foot­ball Club re-build. RESULTS: Fi­nal scores: Bon­nie Doon 14 vs Mi­lawa 287

Goal Kick­ers: J. Prior, S. Campitelli

Best Play­ers: S. Campitelli, C. Roberts, J. Prior, J. Brakels, L. Gales, L. Jenk­ins

PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Ma­honey

GOTCHA: Bon­nie Doon’s Matthew De­la­hey runs down his Mi­lawa op­po­nent dur­ing the clash at Doon’s home ground last Satur­day. Al­though Doon did not win the match it was still a hard fought bat­tle.

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