Eagles thumped by ’Pies

CRUNCH TIME: Mansfield Eagles’ Ben Fagan is swamped by Magpies as (from left) Jaimie Carns, Travis Hine and Scott Markwick (obscured) assess his predicament. PHOTO: Claire Dobie

AN 85-point loss to Euroa Magpies on Saturday gave the Mansfield Eagles plenty to lament on their trip home over the Strathbogies.

The Eagles now sit in the wooden spoon position after the thumping defeat by Euroa, which only finished last season with five wins – two more than the Eagles.

Mansfield went into the match with far greater expereinced players, and Magpies’ coach Nathan Gilliland was relying on his younger players to take the club where it wanted to go.

The young Magpies were wary in the first quarter, but they soon realised the Eagles had not come to play, and for the remaining three quarters took the Eagles on, scoring 82 points to 15.

Mansfield could only muster one point in the last quarter, compounded by the sending off of Ben Fagan and an injured Adam Boshevski.

There were some bright spots in the play of young Eagles Joe Cousins and Ari Croxford-Demasi, and another strong game by imports Tim Blackburn and Dale Ayres.

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