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Mansfield gets off canvas to knockout Tigers

After being 40 points down, Mansfield has turned the game on its head to storm home and defeat Rochester in Goulburn Valley Football League.

MATTHEW GALEA May 19, 2014 3:10am

Experienced campaigner Matt Storer kicked three goals and led from the front to help Mansfield haul in Rochester after being 40 points down.


At the 20-minute mark of the third quarter on Saturday, Simon Dolling could not wait for the interleague bye.

Rochester’s Grant Weeks has just kicked his eighth goal of the game and his Mansfield side was 40 points down with one player on the bench and staring down the barrel of a fourth loss in five games.

Ninety seconds later Adam Boshevski popped up with a goal.

Then Ben Fagan, from 40m out and dead in front of Matt Hine, scored after the siren.

The comeback was on.

‘‘The whole game plan all day revolved around bringing constant effort, regardless of the result,’’ Dolling said.

‘‘All we said at three-quarter time was to stick to that. The coaching staff felt Rochy’s running game had come to a halt.’’

Mark Jones was immense in the ruck, winning the Eagles plenty of first use and that was capitalised on fully by Nick Gray, Ben Fagan and Matt Storer, who stepped up Mansfield’s running game and ensured the Eagles’ forwards had plenty of ammunition.

Mansfield kicked eight goals without reply in the fourth quarter through six different goal-kickers, putting the Eagles on the way to an incredible 60-point turn around to win the game by 20 points.

‘‘It was a bit of reward for all the hard work we’ve done,’’ Dolling said.

‘‘Considering we were down on the bench after Dan Maloney did his hamstring and Harry Reiwoldt (making his senior debut) got smashed in the third quarter, it was an excellent result.’’

Joe Cousins was particularly impressive after moving onto Weeks.

Four of Weeks’ eight came in the first quarter. Cousins slowed that rate down to four in the next two quarters, before Weeks was moved out of the forward line and on-ball.

Weeks’ performance was one of few standouts for Rochester coach Peter White.

‘‘He could not have done anything more than he did,’’ White said.

‘‘We just got smashed out of the middle in that final quarter.

‘‘To be so hot and then cold at different stages in a game is so frustrating. It’s something we really have to work on.

‘‘We kick a couple of goals and our guys don’t carry it out, they start playing unaccountable footy and it costs us.’’

Brady Green and Brendon Hollow had plenty of footy for the Tigers, but could not turn the tide back in their favour.

‘‘Our first quarter was quite good, but we just kept letting them back in it,’’ White said.

‘‘It’s probably not a bad time for the bye. It gives us a bit more time to work on our reactions around the footy, because we’ve been really poor in that area.’’

Dolling said the result was a massive relief, but the Eagles were still a work in progress.

‘‘Talking to the boys afterwards, it was just one of those things,’’ Dolling said.

‘‘We’ve found it hard to get any flow over the last three weeks, but once we started getting that spread of players around the ground we could get that run and carry going and kick a few quick goals.

‘‘It was just a really even spread. You don’t come back from 40 points down without that.’’

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