Un­der 16s suf­fer first loss

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

ON Sun­day the U16 Ea­gles loaded up against pre­mier­ship favourites Myrtle­ford in a top of the ta­ble clash.

The con­di­tions were wet, windy and a touch chilly, but that didn’t seem to bother the play­ers as they cracked in from the out­set.

You could say that Myrtle­ford held a slight size ad­van­tage but that didn’t stop Hazz con­tin­u­ing to play the game with his own ball.

Hav­ing a year that would bring a tear to roam­ing Billy’s eye, he fought hard all day.

Watto got an­other crack at his ri­val in a con­test that was sen­sa­tional view­ing.

Nick was sim­ply fan­tas­tic all day and re­ceived the Round­about award for the week af­ter a game where he clearly won the points.

With the weather a tad cool, a few dim­mys and hot chips from Sha­neo was the go for the ris­ing gun.

Byr­nesy was con­tin­u­ing on with some solid form for the sec­ond week in a row, and as the sea­son rolls along he is start­ing to re­alise he has a role to play with this group.

The ef­fort was enough to se­cure him the Cafe 41 award.

We know the coach doesn’t mind a latte as well, so per­haps a chance for the boy to se­cure his spot in his favourite possie.

Head­ing into half time the game was def­i­nitely tight with the Ea­gles only three goals down af­ter the rip­ping sec­ond quar­ter that took it right up to the Saints.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Ea­gles, the Saints re­ally got rolling in the sec­ond half, and the longer it went the fur­ther ahead they got.

The fi­nal mar­gin prob­a­bly didn’t do the lads jus­tice in the end, but it was still a very com­pet­i­tive game.

Bot­tom age play­ers stood tall in the fierce con­test, with the an­gry Dun­stan kid and the smooth mov­ing Moppa among play­ers who gave it ev­ery­thing they had.

Park­sey was an­other who bobbed up a few times and showed his ver­sa­til­ity to the team which will be needed if they meet the Saints again later in the sea­son.

Big Jimbo and the Ibis Farmer tried hard all day against a fairly large hu­man, and Jack Allen was an­other to show some good signs in de­fence.

In de­fence, the ball was fly­ing in fast and fre­quent, and the lads were do­ing their best un­der the pres­sure.

Toby had some re­ally solid mo­ments un­der pres­sure that showed his growth, which was enough for him to grab the Hunt­ing and Fishing Award.

The fi­nal mar­gin was 59 points, but the Ea­gles were far from dis­graced, and should take con­fi­dence they can com­pete hard when they next meet this sea­son.

Goal Scor­ers: Greene, Law, Bru­de­nall and Ma­honey

Best Play­ers: Ma­honey, Wat­son, Dun­stan, Christo­pher

Next week they head to Wan­garatta on Satur­day to take on the Im­pe­ri­als at Cathe­dral Col­lege with re­demp­tion on their minds.

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