A four year drought was broken in an upset win by the Narrandera Eagles over reigning premiers Collingullie Demons on Saturday.
Relentless pressure and tackling by the Eagles resulted in a three point win at the Narrandera sportsground.
The final score of Eagles 13.9 (87) to Collingullie 11.18 (84) was made all the sweeter by the fact Narrandera had not beaten the Demons since 2015.
Boom Queanbeyan recruit Jordan Hedington was the talking point amongst Eagles supporters at his debut game. Judged Best on Field, Hedington’s initiated leadership across the halfback line and combined with Blake Renet to repel many Collingullie attacks.
Co-coach Shaun Brooker praised Macauley Smith, Ben Perry and Isaac Burge. Brooker said the big boy trio were instrumental in giving the on-ballers first use of the ball at all stoppages.
“Young gun Harry Grintell continued on with his goal kicking form bagging another four goals and making the supporters on the clubhouse balcony stand and applaud,” he said.
Corey Baxter returned to form, working tirelessly all over the ground. Baxter also hit the score board on three occasions.
Jack Grintell was not going to let his little brother take all the glory and was amongst the best players in the centre.
Other good players on the day were Luke Paterson, Copper Irons, Kyle Bull and Matt Renet.
The Eagles look forward to travelling to Coolamon next week and celebrating Stephen Irons’ 200th game.
In the reserves, the Eagles went down to Collingullie 5.7 (37) to 15.9 (99). Goal kickers were J O’Brien (2), A Beal, M Steele and S Hutchins while best players were S Gehringer, A Beal, J O’Brien, S Robertson, D Kenna and B Cussans.