Ea­gles drop the ball

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By SAM ROUGET

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.

PHOTO: Paul Martin

EARN­ING IT: Al­though they had a bad win, Tom Gar­diner hit hard for the Mans­field Ea­gles se­nior side on the week­end against Echuca.

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