Mansfield Courier

Great climax to junior footy

- By MICHAEL BRETHERTON & NICK BERRY

AFTER a somewhat interrupte­d season, Sunday saw the final game for the Mansfield Junior Football Club Under 10s, and a fantastic opportunit­y for the kids to play on the main oval in a finals atmosphere.

While some, including coaches, were nervous, the performanc­e by all players on Sunday showed just how far these young players have progressed since the start of the season, with clean skills by hand and foot resulting in many free-flowing plays and end to end linkages.

Games were close early, with no side able to break free until the toll of a big ground had an impact on little legs, and while the Hawks ran out eventual grand final winners, the competitio­n between all three teams, the Eagles, Kangaroos and Hawks was fierce.

Completion of the season would not have been possible without the support and assistance from the committee, coaches, medical staff, field and goal umpires, parents and most importantl­y the commitment, resilience and determinat­ion of the kids.

It was great to see the smiles on all the kids faces on a Sunday morning as they chased the Sherrin around the oval and we look forward to them all coming back again next year to represent the Mansfield Junior Football Club.

AWARDS:

Blues Most Improved: Cruz Purdy. Blues Coaches Award: Orlando Miller Eagles Most Improved: Xavier Maroney Eagles Coaches Award: Leah Storer Cats Most Improved: Alistair Daniels Cats Coaches Award: Alex Kipping

Bonnie Doon Game Blues: Tom Logan-Williams MFNC Senior Club Game: Josh Taylor Bonnie Doon Game Eagles: Seb Walker MFNC Senior Club Game: Andy Friday Bonnie Doon Game Cats: Talin Hopkins MFNC Senior Club Game: Jaxon McCormack

Kangaroos Most Improved: Ben Bruce Kangaroos Coaches Award: Oscar Pigdon Eagles Most Improved: Taj Walker Eagles Coaches Award: Mannix Peck Hawks Most Improved: Callum Logan-Williams Hawks Coaches Award: Henry Chandler

U10s Rising Star Medal Winner: Jay Kynnersley

Bonnie Doon Game Kangaroos: Chance Keatch MFNC Senior Club Game: Ashton Prosser Bonnie Doon Game Eagles: Cooper Martin MFNC Senior Club Game: Jack Clydesdale Bonnie Doon Game Hawks: Lachie Roberts MFNC Senior Club Game: Jay Kynnersley

 ?? PHOTO: Emma Oliver ?? GAME PLAY: Great mark by this Eagles player during the final matches of the Junior Football competitio­n held at the Mansfield Recreation Reserve on Sunday.
PHOTO: Emma Oliver GAME PLAY: Great mark by this Eagles player during the final matches of the Junior Football competitio­n held at the Mansfield Recreation Reserve on Sunday.
 ??  ?? PROUD WINNERS: The Under 13 award winners from the junior football season proudly show their medals following presentati­ons on Sunday.
PROUD WINNERS: The Under 13 award winners from the junior football season proudly show their medals following presentati­ons on Sunday.
 ?? PHOTO: Emma Oliver ?? GREAT KICKING: Will Hewitt takes a mighty kick towards goal during Sunday’s play.
PHOTO: Emma Oliver GREAT KICKING: Will Hewitt takes a mighty kick towards goal during Sunday’s play.
 ??  ?? HAWKS WIN: The Junior football team of the Hawks were the finals winners on Sunday at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
HAWKS WIN: The Junior football team of the Hawks were the finals winners on Sunday at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

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