Euroa unable to reel in fast start

Scott Watson

CRUNCH TIME: John Ikupu manages to send the ball on its way while under extreme pressure from Mansfield players. PHOTO: Ken Rainsbury

AS West Coast AFL coach Adam Simpson says: ‘If you don’t turn up to play then you deserve what you get’.

This was certainly the case for the Euroa Magpies as they ran on to the ground over at Mansfield on the weekend.

Coach Nathan Gilliland was desperate for his troops to turn around recent poor form in order to have all things firing for his team moving into, due to some great early/mid-season wins, a guaranteed finals spot for season 2015.

A slow start allowed the Mansfield side to skip out to a five goal lead with much soul-searching at the quarter time break.

A few positional changes resulted in some better effort from the finals bound Magpies over the next few quarters yet this jump start by the Eagles was proving to be quite difficult to overcome.

Pat Horsburgh was typical in his determination to get the ball and pump it long into the Euroa forward line.

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