There was mixed successes for the senior Eagles on the weekend, playing the Coolamon Rovers on their home turf.
The netball sides saw a decent weekend out, with three out of five teams bagging a win. The 17s had a loss, 26-15. Gabby Forest was named the best on court for the Eagles side. C Grade won 20-31. Both Evie Morrison and Haidee Washington were awarded best on ground.
B Grade lost 34-30, although Chelsea Savage was strong in defence, winning the best on court.
A-Reserve had a nail biter, winning by a hair with the final score on 33-34. Jasmine Morrison stood out in defence, getting every rebound.
Finally, A Grade had a sound win, trouncing the Rovers 28-69. Best on court went to Lexi Tuckett.
In the football, the under 17s had a three goal loss to the Rovers, with the final score 70-53. The Rovers had the upper hand from the beginning, with Coolamon finishing the first quarter up by one goal and two behinds. The Rovers never let up their dominance, maintaining the lead throughout. While the under 17s were competitive, and were able to get points on the board of their own, they were never able to bridge the lead Coolamon established early on.
The Eagles Reserves had a narrow win over Coolamon. Coolamon established a narrow lead in the first quarter and were able to put some distance between themselves and the Eagles for the next two quarters. The Eagles came from behind in the last quarter, kicking two goals and tightening up their defences so Coolamon were only able to score a single behind. The final score was 44-39 in the Eagles’ favour.
“Everyone’s getting together and everyone’s playing together,” said Reserves coach Shaun Gehringer. “There’s been no new players, we’ve just been working really well together for the last couple of weeks. It’s good to be competitive this year.
“There’s no one player that we can pin it on, there’s just been real cohesion – everyone’s doing what they need to do. “You need everyone really playing their best to be successful,” Mr Gehringer said.
The seniors were less successful against Coolamon, stumbling early in the game with a 112-66 loss.
“We lost – badly. We gave away about a six goal head start in the first quarter,” said captain-coach of the seniors Jarrod Lane. “We did play a bit better after the first quarter. It was a bit disappointing, but we’ll move on.”
This Saturday the NIFNC will hold its annual Prostate and Mental Health Awareness Day. Lane said a speaker from the Black Dog Institute will be there to make a presentation.
“We’ll have a big home game against GGGM, so it’s probably the biggest day of the year for the club,” Lane said.
Gehringer said he was hoping for local support for the day.
“We just want our supporters to get out there and support our local charities,” he said.