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Mangan milestone celebrated in style, even without coach

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August 21, 2017

Goulburn Valley League legend Ash Mangan celebrated her 250th game at Kyabram Recreation Reserve on Saturday with a comfortable win against Seymour.

Goulburn Valley League legend Ash Mangan celebrated her 250th game at Kyabram Recreation Reserve on Saturday with a comfortable win against Seymour.

The three-time Wellman Family medallist has staked her claim for a fourth this year as she maintains impeccable form in the Bombers’ defence.

Continuing the search for back-to-back premierships, Mangan’s experience was again pivotal as playing coach Belinda Lees missed with Victorian Netball League coaching commitments.

But goal shooter Elle Groves was more than capable to shouldering the load in the circle, as the Bombers put on 21 goals in the first term alone.

Jemma Osborne and Steph Vick were potent movers of the ball through the midcourt while Georgia Engel, Courtney Aldous and Ellie O’Sullivan were the Lions’ best.

Euroa was another side without its playing coach and star goal attack, with Laura Emanuelli absent.

But the Magpies had a finals spot to play for and that was evident in their performance as they toppled Tatura by 23 goals.

Kali Frost ensured the goals continued to flow and young gun Hannah Broughton was also integral.

The Bulldogs were best served by Elle Henderson, Jacquie James and Roey Johnstone.

Mansfield put up a fight against Benalla, taking a three-goal lead at quarter-time.

But the Saints stepped up their game in the third quarter to build a lead as Ash Feehan and Tylah Marchbank were part of all the action in a 39-26 win.

Finals still remains a possibility for Echuca after topping rival Rochester by 26 goals as Dearnah Kent and Abby Poulton again starred.

A crucial road trip to Mansfield awaits the Murray Bombers with nothing short of a win required.

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