The Narrandera Eagles had a disappointing loss to the Wagga Tigers last Saturday, missing out on a win by two points.
The final score was 82-84.
The Eagles were without assistant coach and fullforward Josh Bennet for the game, which was the Tigers’ first win for the season.
“It was a bit heartbreaking, to be honest,” said coach and captain for the Eagles Jarrod Lane.
“It was disappointing to lose. It was a really competitive game and we played well as a team.”
Consistency of play has been a struggle for the Eagles all season, but last week everything seemed to come together.
“We just missed a few opportunities, and in the end we lost four points. But I couldn’t fault the group, everyone played really well. There wasn’t a single weak link. It was a pretty attractive brand of football that we played.
“We spoke about creating opportunities and we need to work on that. Three out of five games have been pretty good. The challenge for us is to put that effort in week in, week out and play consistently for long periods of time.”
Both Damian Williams and Corey Baxter kicked three goals for the Eagles, with Corey Baxter, Stephen Irons, Michael Cummins, Jarred Lane, Cooper Irons, and Blake Renet best on field. It was the Wagga Tigers’s first game with coach Shaun Campbell, after Mr Campbell was suspended earlier in the season.
Mr Campbell was off the field early with injury, however, and spent the bulk of the game on the sidelines. The Reserves had a win against the Tigers, 69-28, while the under 17s also came out in front against Wagga, 78-62. Next week the Eagles will face off against Mangoplah CUE.
“Obviously Mango have been successful, and they’ve been a strong team for a few years, and we’re looking forward to the match,” Mr Lane said. All Eagles football and netball teams, both in junior and senior divisions,will have a home game, with the juniors up against the Northern Jets.
For the full results of the junior Eagles games see Thursday’s Argus.