Fagan leads way as Eagles dust up Swans

April 09, 2018

Well timed: Mansfield's Ari Croxford-Demasi takes a solid grab.

Thanks very much: Mansfield star Jamie Sheahan sends through one of his three goals.

Shepparton Swans added an AFL premiership player to its ranks, but the burst of experience did little to stop Mansfield’s stampede.

Carlton 1995 premiership player Glenn Manton entered Princess Park and certainly helped his side find the scoreboard, kicking two majors for the day.

But with the individual haul of Eagles key forward Ben Fagan equalling more than the Swans’ total, the result was always going to be heavily skewed in the Goulburn Valley League clash.

Mansfield had 10 individual goal-kickers, but it was the captain’s bag of eight that had the Eagles 131 points ahead at the final siren.

Fagan kicked four majors in the last quarter from seven scoring shots, while Brett Mahoney, Jamie Sheahan and Will Foster each found the middle of the sticks three times.

‘‘Being the captain, Fagan stood up and led the way in that regard and the midfield kept running hard and after all their hard work in the pre-season it enabled them to run that hard which was pleasing,’’ Mansfield coach Cameron Hotton said.

‘‘Our midfielders were rotating through the forward 50 and Brett Mahoney got three and added to the scoreboard pressure, it was fantastic, we don’t want to rely on any one forward.’’

Topping the list of an on-ball brigade that tore up the field was James Herridge who had an altered role this week.

As doubts surrounded Sheahan due to a sore Achilles, Hotton told Herridge on Thursday night he was likely to move from the wing into Sheahan’s spot as an inside midfielder.

Even with Sheahan proving fit for the match, Hotton said Herridge accepted the challenge and got on with the job.

But recruit Dean Carswell lasted less than two quarters for his new side, going down with a broken arm.

Having broken his right arm twice before resulting in a plate being inserted, the former Lilydale player was struck down by the same injury.

‘‘He can’t take a trick, he’s broken his arm twice previously ... and rolled his ankle in our second practice match,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘He was hopeful it would heal quickly and said he’d know more after surgery (yesterday).’’

For the Swans Rhys Healey was expected to shoulder a load and did exactly that, assisted by Mitch Hough, Jackson Milne and captain Chris Cullinan as the home side’s best.

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