Eagles on offensive

April 13, 2018

Shepparton captain Ted Lindon will be back to his ferocious best tomorrow as he returns from an ankle injury.

Mansfield will not fall into the trap of resting on its laurels after a 131-point first-up win last week.

The Eagles dominated a young Shepparton Swans outfit in round one, but coach Cameron Hotton knows that last year’s runner-up Shepparton will provide a sterner test of his side’s capabilities than the reigning wooden spooner.

‘‘Obviously we’re pretty keen to know where we’re placed, but to get off to a good start last week was great,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘It will be a different challenge this week, but we will take plenty of confidence and momentum out of the first game.

‘‘We were able to put in place the game plan we wanted to, but it’s always one thing against a team that you’re beating quite easily and another when there’s a fair bit of scoreboard pressure.’’

Corowa-Rutherglen players James Lawton and Brent Rose are still not available to suit up for the Eagles, with the duo remaining embroiled in a clearance dispute.

Dean Carswell’s broken arm, which he suffered last week, will put him out of Hotton’s side along with Chris Gallagher (work commitments), opening the door for Brant Anselmi’s return from a hamstring strain

‘‘Brant was 50:50 to play last week with his hammy, but he should be right to go,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘We’re keen to have our first game at home.

‘‘We’re not really sure what the weather’s doing, so we’ve just got to be ready for a strong opposition and whatever the Victorian conditions throw at us.’’

Meanwhile, the Bears have been building nicely into the season with two games under their belt already.

Sean Harrap’s charges will be boosted with the return of captain Ted Lindon (ankle) and rising star Jordon Butts (TAC Cup duties) for their clash against the Eagles.

‘‘We’re looking forward to it, it’s always a good trip out to Mansfield and they’re always hard to beat on their home deck,’’ Harrap said.

‘‘Round one is always a pretty hard one and we definitely improved to last week.

‘‘We’re hoping to do the same again, but we’ll have to be at the top of our game.’’

Joel Brett and Xavier Stevenson will play their 50th senior games for the Bears tomorrow.

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