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And the Bears light up

A composed Shepparton team has posted its second win of the season with a solid 20-point win over Mansfield at Deakin Reserve in Goulburn Valley Football League.

MATTHEW GALEA June 30, 2014 3:15am

Ash Holland got the better of his opponents, Joe Cousins in this instance, all day.


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Shepparton delivered a mature, composed performance on the way to a second Goulburn Valley Football League win of the season.

Their 20-point win over a hapless Mansfield side marked the Bears’ continued progress from easybeats to competitors.

Ironically it was the Bears’ second-quarter effort against a strong wind that set up the win, after only managing two goals with it in the first.

Will Patone proved the ultimate goal-sneak, popping up with two good efforts at crucial times in response to two Mansfield goals early in the quarter, building on his goal in the first quarter.

After cancelling out the Eagles’ only two second-quarter goals, the Bears went on to kick four more, establishing a 20-point lead at half-time which, given the conditions, was always going to be hard for the Eagles to claw back.

Shepparton took a 32-point lead into the three-quarter time break and was up by more than 38 in the final quarter, but a Mansfield hot-streak of four-straight goals allowed the Eagles to rein the lead back to 14 points.

Somewhat fittingly, Ash Holland sealed the four points for the Bears with a late goal to reinstate the winning margin of 20 points, scoring his second of the day to cap a brilliant performance.

The Bears smashed Mansfield in the clearances thanks in large part to Holland’s brilliant work and Shepparton coach Brad Campbell was delighted for Holland to get some personal reward for his efforts.

‘‘He was really good, he’s been in good form all year and the majority of his games have been good, but it was great to see him step up again,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘He kicked two, which is great for him. We said at the start if he could get a goal a game from him this season that would mean a lot to us and for him to get two today was a great effort.’’

Campbell said he was impressed with his side’s execution all day.

‘‘They were keen to get a result and that was pretty clear today and the commitment was good all day,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘We got a bit of a buffer and held them at arm’s length, but it was good that we could hold them off and the second quarter really set it up.’’

Mansfield coach Simon Dolling was left to rue more bad luck on the injury front, with Adam Boshevski (hamstring) and Mitch Wareham (family bereavement) late withdrawals, while Guy Taylor was also out of the game with a split finger in the first quarter.

‘‘It’s not an excuse, but we knew at the start of the year we’d need our top 12 players on the park to be really competitive and we just can’t seem to make that happen,’’ Dolling said.

‘‘All credit to Shepparton, they smashed us in the clearances today and they had more use.

‘‘We thought we were competitive in the first quarter against the wind, but they worked really well against it in the second.’’

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