Eagles drop the ball
AFTER a r einvigorating win against top side Benalla Saints last week, the Mansfield Eagles went into their seniors game against Echuca on the weekend ready to keep the momentum going.
But with Echuca going hard at the ball, the Eagles suffered a disappointing 76-point loss.
“We started off okay, but our intensity dropped off in the second quarter,” said coach Cam Hotton.
“We thought we’d be able to match it, but Echuca just went hard at it.
“They were a full ground press across the board, and we gave a lot of turn overs and kicks to them.
“While the boys lost, there were still a lot of noteworthy plays made throughout the course of the game.
“Lachey Christopher did a good job on Ben McGlynn, who plays in the AFL.
“Ashraf Davies played well all round, and Luke Walsh played well on Angus Byrne.
“We also had Jamie Sheahan back influencing the centre movements.”
With a good start to the game the team left the ground at half time with a hip injury from Ryan Bartlett, who was out for the rest of the game, and then Tom German spent the last quarter on the bench with a groin injury.
“We were left a couple of men down and that didn’t really help us.”
With a home match against Shepp Swans coming up, Hotton is ensuring the team has enough energy to endure four quarters of “tough footy.”
“The ball is in our field now,” he said.
“We’re going to be ramping up our load up in our legs so we can run for longer.
“We have a bye next weekend, so hopefully it’ll ease up a bit and give the boys a chance to freshen up for the next six weeks ahead.
“I’m still hopeful for finals, and we’re going to be working really hard to get there,” said Hotton.
EARNING IT: Although they had a bad win, Tom Gardiner hit hard for the Mansfield Eagles senior side on the weekend against Echuca.