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Pull pants up and get to work

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June 08, 2018

Euroa playing coach JD Hayes is in great touch this season.

Wipe the whiteboard clean and start again.

That is the message coming from the Mansfield camp after the Eagles were on the wrong end of Goulburn Valley League history last week.

Cameron Hotton’s charges copped a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Kyabram in its 50th straight victory and the only thing they can do about it is look ahead to tomorrow’s clash against Euroa.

‘‘They pantsed us,’’ Hotton said of the Kyabram juggernaut.

‘‘But they were just a much better side, so we have got to just move on.

‘‘Their work rate and will to work hard for each other was what really stood out, so hopefully we can take that out of the loss and try to do that as well.’’

The Magpies present another tough challenge for the Eagles, but Hotton will be encouraging his troops to respond more promptly to any run of goals going the other way at Mansfield Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

‘‘When opponents start to get a few goals in a row, we go into our shells,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘We just need to be able to respond a bit better when that happens to stay in games.’’

Mansfield’s task tomorrow will not be helped by the unavailability of Joel Sampson (Murray Bushrangers), Jamie Sheahan (ankle) and Josh Marton (quadriceps), but the side is focused on snaring as many wins as possible from its next three games.

‘‘We’ve got Euroa this week and then Benalla and Echuca,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘It’s three really crucial games for our finals aspirations and we’d like to think we can win a couple of them and keep our season on track.’’

Meanwhile, Euroa’s come-from-behind win against Rochester last week will give it plenty of confidence heading into the next phase of the season.

‘‘It was a big win in the context of the season,’’ Euroa playing coach JD Hayes said.

‘‘This week is no different though, Mansfield in Mansfield is a tough game.’’

An electric performance in last week’s clash from Rob Paradzayi has paved the way for the rising star to make his Murray Bushrangers debut this weekend, meaning Jake Penman will get the chance to play his first senior game for the Magpies.

‘‘The boys are excited,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘It’s great for Robbie, we want our players to play the best footy that they can and he’ll be an asset to the Bushies.

‘‘Jake Penman is only 18 and he’ll make his debut, so that’s great.’’

Footscray has the bye this weekend, but Euroa’s VFL stars Will Hayes and Lauchlan Dalgleish will not play tomorrow due to soreness.

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