It was a rough week for the Eagles, with two losses and a forfeit over the weekend. The under 17s unfortunately had to forfeit their game against the Wagga Tigers, owning to a lack of players.
“They were a bit short on numbers, so they borrowed a couple of players from the Tigers and had game,” said seniors coach and captain Jarrod Lane. “Mind you, I think they won their scratch game. It was still listed as a forfeit, but at least the kids got a game.”
The reserves also had a close loss to the Tigers. The Tigers were able to get a narrow lead on the Eagles, but the Eagles drew even by the end of the second quarter. The Eagles pulled out in front by the third quarter, only to be beaten by a single point in the last quarter, with the final score 67-66.
“It was a pretty full-on contest all through the game,” said reserves captain Shaun Gehringer. “We were ahead at the last quarter and then we lost in the last five minutes. They kicked a goal that put them in front.”
While it was a close contest, Mr Gehringer said he was a bit disappointed with the result.
“The Wagga Tigers are below us on the ladder; it’s probably a game we should have won. We only showed up for half the game. We didn’t play really well; we only played well in patches. It’s a pretty flat run.”
The seniors also had a severe loss to the Tigers, 132-55. The Tigers pulled out in front from the get-go, with five goals and two behinds on the board by the end of the first quarter. While the Tigers’ efforts slowed in the second quarter, the Eagles were unable to gain any ground, and were lagging 53-8 by half time.
The blitz continued for the second half of the game, with the Tigers kicking six goals a quarter to finish up in front.
“We had a bad day,” said Mr Lane. “We weren’t very competitive, which is against what we’ve been working on. It’s certainly a disappointing Tigers take a bite out of Eagles performance.”
The Eagles will play against Mangoplah CUE at Mangoplah on the weekend, and both captains are positive about the next game.
“We’ve got a point to prove to ourselves,” said Mr Lane. “We’ll have a much improved effort, and hopefully an improved performance.”
The weekend will be a more high-stakes situation for the Reserves side.
“Hopefully we get a win this week,” Mr Gehringer said. “It’s kind of do or die this weekend. If we don’t get a win this weekend we might miss out on a spot in the finals.”
The Narrandera junior teams will play against the Griffith Swans at Griffith this weekend.