Juniors fight for the top spot

The Under 11s footballers and the Under 13s Blue netball team both went into the semi-final last weekend.

The juniors are in to the semi-finals, and the Under 13s Blue netball side and the Under 11s football team played last weekend. The netballers are through to the next round after an exciting game against Griffith Red.

It was freezing conditions on Sunday in Barellan for the first round of semi finals. The girls came out firing, scoring the first few goals. The girls managed a good lead at the end of the first quarter, with the girls going to a break with the scores at Eagles 10 to Griffith Red 2.

The second quarter was a little slower and a few stray passes started to come to play. The girls still maintained a good lead going into half time,

Eagles 18-Griffith Red 3 The third quarter the girls really stepped it up and shooters were on fire, widening the gap between the Eagles and the Reds.

The end of quarter score was the Eagles 29-Griffith Red 7 The girls backed off in the last quarter, and as a result Griffith Red managed to score quite a few goals. Despite the rush for points, the Eagles Under 13s managed to maintain the lead.  The final score was Eagles 37 – Griffith Red 18. Congratulations girls!

Narrandera started the Elimination Final kicking into a bitterly cold breeze. The Eagles got on the board through Cohen who kicked long and straight but the ball was unfortunately touched on the line by a Northern Jets player.

Narrandera had to defend a late quarter surge in what was an evenly contested quarter. Will Beard, Myles Rankin, Darcy Pendergast and Jobe Litchfield defended and tackled well and Jaxon Curry saved a certain goal. Eventually through constant pressure Northern Jets did kick a goal to take an early lead.

In the second quarter the young Eagles started with aggression and moved the ball well into attack through Sam Williamson, Alex Wright, Oliver Hutchins and Felix Warren-Porteous.

Isaiah took a good mark deep in the forward line and kicked a goal to lock the scores up. Myles, Izzy Gillespie, Jim Pendergast and Archie continued to press hard to try and get the ascendency over the Jets.

Harry Sergeant showed his speed with a brilliant run and bounce down the wing into attack but the defence of the Jets held strong, the scores were seven apiece at the long break.

Coach Dave Sergeant urged his players to keep their efforts up and to play tight contested footy.  Isaiah kept winning the taps and winning plenty of the ball around the ground.

The Eagles dominated the first part of the quarter but just struggled to get the footy deep into attack often. When they did through some good lead up play from Sam, Darcy, Blake and Alex this resulted in Cohen having a shot on goal, but it unfortunately it hit the post. Northern Jets late in the quarter kicked a goal despite some solid efforts from Jim, Tommy Wickes and Jet Eldridge.

The fourth quarter started with the Eagles seven points down. Jaxon, Oliver and Jim combined early in the quarter to clear the ball out of defence and Jobe kept winning the
hard ball to try and lift their team.

Felix ignited the team with a spirited run and he linked up with Jake Hutchison to move the ball into attack, but the defence of Jet again held strong to stop them scoring.

Neither team scored in the last quarter as the Jets held on to win 15 to 8 in a tough contest. The young Eagles were able to walk off the field with their heads held high knowing that they had given their all.

Coach Dave Sergeant was proud of their efforts and was extremely happy with how each player had improved over the season. With the season mostly drawing to a close, some of the Junior Eagles players have finished in the top five of their respective vote count for the South West Junior Football Netball League.

The presentation will be held in Temora this Saturday 18th August. Jag Daniel-Alchin, Isaiah Hutchison, Jamie Paterson, Grace Gillespie, Marnie Grintell and Hallie Mimmo have all made the top five in their respective age ranges.

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