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Briggs laments missed chances after ending term with win

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August 28, 2017

Andrew Briggs finished his stint coaching Echuca with a win against Mansfield, but certainly hoped for more from his final season in charge.

Andrew Briggs finished his stint coaching Echuca with a win against Mansfield, but certainly hoped for more from his final season in charge.

‘‘It was a good performance and a great way to finish, but you can’t help but reflect on missed opportunities,’’ he said.

‘‘I’d say there was probably four games we should have won and those four games make it a whole different season.’’

The Eagles began in better fashion at Mansfield Recreation Reserve, but the away side showed a fire that has been missing in recent weeks to eventually kick away to victory.

‘‘The last quarter or so was a bit of tug of war, but we broke away with about 10 minutes to go, so it was a great way to finish the year,’’ Briggs said.

‘‘I look forward to watching the boys next year.’’

Jordan Florance, Ben Costello, Cam Valentine and Simon Buckley were the best Murray Bombers on the field, while Tim Allan booted three goals.

For Mansfield, Ben Fagan (three majors) and Jamie Sheahan (two) impressed up forward, while Brett Mahoney and Tom German were influential yet again.

After entering the first break with a 17-point lead though, coach Cam Hotton was disappointed his charges could not go on with the job.

‘‘The effort was there and we had a crack, so you can’t ask for much more than that,’’ he said.

‘‘But in the second quarter we turned it over a fair bit and I think that’s what cost us in the end.’’

Limited rotations late in the game also hampered Mansfield’s chances, but Hotton said his side would come back bigger and better next season.

‘‘We just need a couple of really top enders to finish us off, and the younger guys will be better off from another season under their belts,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll target a couple of players and we hope to have Nick Gray full-time next year.’’

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