Mansfield Courier

TOOTH AND NAIL

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THOUGH they had to taste bitter defeat, Tom Dunstan and the Mansfield Eagles went down fighting hard over the weekend against Euroa.

IN what can only be described as a tough year for footy, the Bonnie Doon senior side managed to lock in second spot on the ladder, and set up a match in two weeks’ time which is a pathway straight into the grand final.

The boys were matched up against last year’s grand finalist Bright, who were fourth on the ladder, so a tough match was expected.

Particular­ly in the first half that is how the game panned out, before the Bombers got their game going to run away comfortabl­e winners by 40 points.

If not for some more accurate kicking the result may have been larger, as the boys had almost double the scoring shots.

With plenty of players on the sidelines due to injury and COVID restrictio­ns, the boys did a great job to grind away all day, and once again show that the team has the depth needed.

The game highlighte­d a team goal for the year, with the boys not dropping a home game for the season.

Now the team’s goals turn to the final four weeks of the season, and seeing how far they can progress in a very even competitio­n.

Missing Morgs and Bongo up forward, the team needed to find some different avenues to goal, and with nine different goals scorers that was well achieved.

The likes of Bray McMahon (2) produced his best game of the year from the wing, showing what impact he can have on a match, grabbing the Witches Brew award on the day.

Blake Azzopardi (2) was proving a handful up forward in the first half before going down with an ankle, so the club is hoping for a speedy recovery, and appreciati­ve of the week off.

Al Bennett (1) continued his run of form up forward with plenty of score involvemen­ts, as did Jaden Findlay and James Fox (2) when resting forward. Fox was dominant all day in the ruck, grabbing the Mansfield Pizza award on the day.

Fox’s work in the middle was compliment­ed by Smedley and Beau Smith who dominated the clearances all game. Ably supported by Murray, Campitelli and Curtin the group gelled well.

Smedley grabbed the Mansfield GC BOG award in a dominant display, while Smith wasn’t far behind him grabbing the Bonnie Doon Hotel award.

 ?? PHOTO: Sandra Lee Photograph­y ??
PHOTO: Sandra Lee Photograph­y
 ?? PHOTO: Paul Martin ?? TRUE GRIT: Bonnie Doon’s Sean Campitelli shows stamina in maintainin­g his grip on the ball while pulling away from his Bright opponent. The Bombers’ senior side now goes into the preliminar­y final to be played against Milawa in two weeks’ time.
PHOTO: Paul Martin TRUE GRIT: Bonnie Doon’s Sean Campitelli shows stamina in maintainin­g his grip on the ball while pulling away from his Bright opponent. The Bombers’ senior side now goes into the preliminar­y final to be played against Milawa in two weeks’ time.

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