Wet con­di­tions prove dif­fi­cult for U14s

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - Ovens and Mur­ray Football Netball League

WET con­di­tions greeted the side at Cathe­dral Col­lege in Wan­garatta on Satur­day.

The side was asked for a four-quar­ter ef­fort this week against a tough op­po­si­tion in the Wang Cen­trals.

The side came out very ag­gres­sive for the con­test and it was a great first term.

Un­for­tu­nately, the for­wards were not able to cap­i­talise on the mid­field’s dom­i­nance for the quar­ter and at the break they lead 1-3-9 to 1-1-7.

Dec Cal­la­han, Jake Berry and Char­lie Christo­pher were pro­vid­ing great drive through the mid­field and it was a great start to the day.

The sec­ond term the side still had great num­bers in tack­les but they just lacked slightly in the hunt for the ball in num­bers.

Cen­trals started to get drive off the back­line but the mid­field bat­tle was still an even con­test, easy ex­its from the for­ward 50 was putting pres­sure on the back­line and they stood up well but were un­able to con­tin­u­ally put up with such easy for­ward en­tries from Cen­trals.

The half saw t he Ea­gles down by a goal which was not too bad at the main break, but with ruck­man Billy Rev­ell out of the game through in­jury, it was go­ing to be a big ef­fort in the sec­ond half.

The main break saw Cen­trals lead 3-3-21 to 2-3 15.

Billy Dun­stan was brain­ing them on the wing while Gus Van der Hay­den was asked to push into the ruck and bat­tle it out against ar­guably the best ruck­man in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The third quar­ter the side was asked to lift its work rate to get back on top in the con­test.

Some stern words from Rob Buchanan and fill-in as­sis­tant Jamie But­ter­worth got the side revved up to at­tack dur­ing the sec­ond half.

Livewires Cody Ge­orge and Nate Buchanan were both pushed for­ward to give the for­ward line some much needed spark and it was a vi­tal move as the con­test was back on.

The boys kicked two goals to one for the term and at the last break they lead by two points.

The last quar­ter was a great con­test but un­for­tu­nately for the Ea­gles it just didn’t go their way, too many dropped marks and scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that were not taken and the side went down by 15 points in the end, but there were many good signs from the lads this week which shows that our best is good enough against any op­po­si­tion.

We are at the half way mark of the sea­son and are sit­ting in third place.

Next week we have a big test against the un­de­feated Myrtle­ford.

This week the boys will be as­sessed and given feed­back on their sea­son to date and what they can work on im­prov­ing for the rest of the year. RE­SULTS: Wang Cen­trals 7- 4- 46 d. Ea­gles 4-7-31

Goals: N.Buchanan, C.Ge­orge, L.Pentony and T.Stower 1.

Best: N.Buchanan, C.Ge­orge, J.Berry, D.Cal­la­han, C.Christo­pher & G.Van Der Hay­den.

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