Eagles win U16 WDJFL grand final

GOING FORWARD: Will Foster launches a long left-footer in the under 16 grand final on Sunday, while James Coker looks on. PHOTO: Melissa Beattie

THEY say good kicking is good football, and that was certainly the case for Mansfield’s under 16 side in Sunday’s Wangaratta and District Junior Football League grand final.

The Eagles were up against minor premiers Imperials, and despite the fact it was the Imps who had more shots at goal, Mansfield won the match by 39 points, 11.4 (70) to 3.13 (31).

The Eagles took their opportunities all day long, and victory never looked in doubt after they opened a five-goal buffer with a 6.2-0.8 opening half.

Coach Steve Marks said his players were switched on from the opening bounce, while he suspected the pressure mounted on the Imps with every missed chance.

“They definitely had their chances,” Marks said.

“In the first quarter we kicked four goals to their four points, but they missed shots they shouldn’t have – if they’d had a couple of goals on the board at quarter time it might have been a different match, but I think that pressure did start to get to them.

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