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Eagles are kings of park

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May 14, 2018

Mansfield’s 62-point triumph over Seymour at Kings Park ranked as one of the greatest victories for coach Cameron Hotton.

Mansfield’s 62-point triumph over Seymour at Kings Park ranked as one of the greatest victories for coach Cameron Hotton.

Hotton took over the top job at the Eagles in 2016 and went home from Kings Park satisfied with the four points for the first time in his Goulburn Valley League coaching career.

‘‘I can’t actually remember the last game we did win there, I was with Jamie Sheahan after the game and we were racking our brains, but couldn’t remember the last time we won there,’’ Hotton said.

The reason the win was so fulfilling was due to the contribution of so many.

In a side where Sheahan, Tom German, Ben Fagan, James Herridge and Brett Mahoney so frequently feature in the best, the Eagles showed what they can achieve when they jell as a unit.

While the aforementioned players were again pivotal on the scoreboard and across the field, recruit Ashraf Davies was important as was Scott Markwick and Luke Walsh.

‘‘It was really pleasing and fantastic that we had everyone contributing over all four quarters and we’ve been endeavouring to do that for so long,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘There wasn’t really any clear standouts, it was hard to pick bests and everyone was contributing which is what you want for a footy side, to have no-one carrying the team.’’

Mansfield was on show from the opening bounce and keen to rebound from the previous week’s 13-point loss to Tatura.

Benefiting from the absence of Seymour co-coach Ben Clifton who was a late out with hamstring tightness, the Eagles moved to a 38-point lead at half-time.

Clifton’s co-coach Jason Cole was his side’s best-on for the fifth time in six games, but said a slight drop off was enough to let the opposition take hold of the game.

‘‘We sort of felt we were second to the footy all day and they definitely won the contested footy on the inside and that probably really deserved to be the margin,’’ Cole said.

‘‘Our effort was down a little bit and at this level if you’re down five per cent that’s the difference.’’

With the Lions keen to move on from the performance following the interleague break, a positive was the effort of Lachie Watts.

‘‘Lachie’s getting better and better with every week, he’s been starting to take some good marks in early games and was leading to the right spot, but now he’s getting reward for putting in the hard yards,’’ Cole said.

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