It was a slightly bumpy start for the Eagles last weekend, with both seniors’ teams for netball and football suffering losses.
“It was sort of a tale of two halves,” said Eagles captain and coach Jarrod Lane.
“We were run over in the first quarter, did well in the second and third and got run over again in the last quarter. It had its patches.
“There’s certainly some positives to come out of it.”
The senior Eagles went down to the Griffith Swans 155-46. The Reserves also had a stumble, with a score of 118-31, also to Griffith, while the U17s finished on 44 to Griffith’s 118.
Mr Lane is hopeful that the introduction of new players will boost the Eagles chances further into the season.
“Corey Baxter played well, and the others worked into it well. We’ll be better off from having the run and we’ll learn to gel together quickly.
“We haven’t had much time together. We’re not expecting results straight off, but it’ll be great if we can see improvements week to week.”
This weekend will be a home game for the entire Narrandera Imperial Football Netball club. All grades, ages and divisions will play at the Narrandera Sportsground and the Narrandera Stadium.
“It’s going to be a big game at home this weekend. The club will play all day Saturday. The juniors, the reserves, we’re all together. It’ll be a very exciting day,” Mr Lane said.
The Narrandera Eagles acquired six new players this year. Matt and Blake Renet, along with Damian Williams Jr, Corey Baxter and Josh Bennet have made the transition from playing in Canberra to join the Eagles this season.
The Eagles Netball side had mixed results across the divisions, with two teams coming away with a win against Griffith last weekend.
“We had a great start to the 2018 season against Griffith Swans in a twilight match, with two teams coming away with a win,” said Eagles publicity officer Kelly Seidel.
“A special mention has to go to Lucy Litchfield who made her debut in A Grade. She played wing defence for the game and was awarded best on court.
“Well done to all the netballers on a great start to the season.
“Each netball team is looking strong this season with numerous new players and the return of plenty of old faithfuls.
The u17s lost 40-15 to the Swans. Best on court was Paige Godden. C Grade lost 26-13, with best on Court awarded to Michelle Donaldson.
B Grade had a cracking win with 34-25. Best on Court was awarded to Mandy Pearson. A-Reserves won their game, 35-31, although the best on court has yet to be announced.
A Grade had a close game, but ultimately ended with a loss, 36-44. Best on Court was awarded to Lucy Litchfield in her debut game for A Grade. Congratulations Lucy!
This year the Eagles netballers are looking forward to a strong year. All sides have been fortunate in both securing excellent players, as well as a strong supply of good coaches.