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 40
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.’’
Shepparton police pursued two youths on foot near Waters Rd this afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Echuca-Moama Country Music Festival will kick off next week at Moama RSL with three days of entertainment under the one roof.
NATIONAL tree day came early for Rochester Secondary College with 16 students planting 350 trees in little more than an hour on Thursday.
Goulburn Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services, has lifted the Boil Water Notice for the township of Tongala.
Australian Army Cadets unit keeps winning awards.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
HEATHCOTE Park Raceway was back in action on Sunday with a surprise for those expecting owner Russell Clarke to be enjoying his retirement.
Dozens of birds of all shapes and sizes flew the coop as Cobram hosted its inaugural poultry auction last Sunday.
Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
Superior Seed Co ran a successful Winter Cropping Field Day at Deniliquin last week.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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