Contest is all about pride

August 25, 2017

Adam Boshevski could be back for Mansfield after a hamstring injury.

Mansfield and Echuca will go head-to-head tomorrow in a battle for pride.

The Eagles currently sit eighth on the Goulburn Valley League ladder, but a win by a margin of about six goals would be enough to lift Cam Hotton’s charges above the Murray Bombers, and to their best finish since 2012 (fifth).

‘‘For us it’s more about getting that seventh win to have the same win-loss ratio as last year,’’ he said.

‘‘That way at least we’ve stayed the same rather than going backwards.’’

After securing a hard-fought victory over Benalla last weekend, and pushing Echuca to within five points earlier in the season, Hotton said his troops would go into the final match of the year with high spirits.

‘‘Obviously we had a close game against Echuca over there earlier in the year and we’ll take a bit of confidence out of last week, so hopefully we can keep that momentum going and secure the four points,’’ he said.

‘‘If we can win our last couple it shows that we’re on the right track heading into the pre-season and it will give us a bit more confidence when we hit the track.

‘‘Hopefully we can get over the line and make Saturday night more enjoyable being the last game of the year.’’

Luke Walsh has not recovered in time from a hamstring strain sustained against the Saints, while Adam Boshevski remains hopeful of overcoming his own hamstring tightness in time to take to the field.

Meanwhile, Echuca will be looking to salvage something from a season which promised so much.

‘‘It’s been a disappointing five or six weeks to have fallen away like we have,’’ coach Andrew Briggs said.

‘‘We’ll travel to Mansfield with one goal, and that’s to get a win.’’

The Murray Bombers’ year has been plagued by injury, with Bart Phillips (ankle) and Sam Toulmin (quadriceps) joining the packed medical ward once more this week.

‘‘There’s no doubt that this season could’ve been a lot better,’’ Briggs said.

‘‘We’ve had injuries at the wrong times, but that’s also been coupled with poor performances.’’

However, Briggs knows the Eagles will not be an easy target.

‘‘They’ve got some really good players, so we’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a tough game,’’ he said.

‘‘But we’re looking forward to the challenge.’’

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