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Magnificent Mangan tames Lions

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September 30, 2016

Ash Mangan (A-grade MVP).

Ash Mangan

Playing on Seymour’s tall goal shooter Amelia Brock in a Goulburn Valley Netball League A grade grand final wouldn’t be an easy task — but Kyabram goal defence Ash Mangan kept her opponent quiet enough to seal a premiership plus a players’ award on Sunday.

Mangan had to contend with co-ordinating her game with back third partner Lauren Pryde as goalkeeper and from the second quarter onward she added numerous interceptions to her performance.

The second half saw more of the same with the Mangan-Pryde combination locking the door on Brock’s chances at the post.

It was an impressive effort given how Brock dominated in the air in the first term — and saw Mangan named most valuable player in a premiership-winning team.

She wasn’t sure that the Bombers would beat the reigning champions, but knew they’d put up a competitive showing.

‘‘I thought if we’re drawn at half time, our second halves have been our best (this season),’’ Mangan said.

She seemed surprised to have also picked up the MVP honour.

‘‘We had such a tall opponent and any ball we got from her was a bonus,’’ Mangan said.

—Ben Carter

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