Juniors aim to right their wrongs against Leeton

The Narrandera Eagles played against the Ganmain Grong Grong Matong Lions on Saturday. Alongside the game, the Narrandera Imperial Football-Netball Club hosted an awareness day for both prostate and mental health. Both the seniors and the reserves suffered a loss to the strong GGGM Lions contingent, but the Narrandera under 17s gave their opponents a solid thrashing, 102-18.

The Junior Eagles faced off against Leeton at the beginning of the month before the break for the school holidays. On a cold wet windy Saturday morning the under 11s knew they were in for a hard contest.

The first quarter was all Leeton as they were kicking with a strong breeze. The backline was under the pump but Jaxon, Alex, Archie, Jet, Will and Myles tried hard to stop their momentum. On-ballers Isaiah, Cohen, Sam and Oliver were getting plenty of the football, but the Eagles just couldn’t get it deep into their attacking zone.

In the second quarter the Eagles now kicking with the wind lifted their intensity and made some desperate tackles led by Will, Alex, Jake, Archie and Cohen. The boys worked hard to get the footy into their forward line where Alex made a huge tackle and was rewarded with a free kick. He went back and put the Eagles on the board with a goal.

The third quarter was similar to the first as Leeton was again kicking with the wind, but they were met with a much more determined Eagles side. The Eagles were able to restrict Leeton to only three goals for the term. Taco Lawrence, Tom Wickes and Dima Mimmo played smart footy to get opportunities to score. Taco took a good mark and went back to have a shot at goal, it was on line but fell just short. Izzy got involved and feed out some good handballs and Hazza bustled in hard and created good play out on the wing.

In the last quarter the Eagles continued to press hard to try and claw their way back into the contest. Felix Warren-Porteous picked up plenty of possessions and was supported by Jake who showed class beyond his years. Jaxon, Alex, Isaiah and Darcy kept running straight at the ball trying to lift their team but unfortunately when the final siren sounded Leeton had won the game in tough conditions.

In cold blustery conditions the under 13s started on the defensive while leading into a strong wind. Despite Jag Daniel-Alchin determination in the ruck, Narrandera found it hard to move the ball past the advantage line until late in the first quarter when Ryan Hugo marked a long ball about 30 metres out which resulted in a behind.

The second quarter started with a show of commitment from Narrandera stemming the flow at goals from a strong Leeton outfit. With the help of a strong breeze and committed on-ballers of Ky Bloomfield and Harvey Odgers, Narrandera managed to keep more of the ball in their forward line enabling Daniel Harrison to kick another point. The Eagles’ backline showed good commitment from Tom O’Mahoney, Baxter Longmire and James Langley to ward off a late quarter attack from Leeton.

The Eagles started the third quarter strong again with Harvey Odgers and Tom O’Mahoney putting their bodies on the line. The backline was busy and managed to spoil well for the most of the quarter, with Louis Deen chasing hard and showing enthusiasm with second efforts.

The start of the fourth quarter saw the Eagles backline immediately put under pressure with Ky Bloomfield, David Beard and Max Rainbird putting in the effort to spoil a barrage of goal attempts by Leeton. A big run by Jag and a strong kick managed to relieve some of the pressure. The Eagles put on a valiant display against a strong Leeton side in miserable conditions.

Cold, wet and windy summed up the day for the under 15s Eagles who drew the short straw for an early start. The Eagles came out strong and stuck to the game plan to put it to the Leeton side.

In the second quarter the Eagles went about making it difficult for the Leeton side, who were allowing frustration to creep into their game. An inspiring chat at the half time break from Coach Vearing cemented the boys’ ability to not let this game run away like last time when they faced Leeton. Leeton may have kept the Eagles scoreless for the third quarter but it was the Eagles who outplayed Leeton in many ways by preventing scoring and making them have rushed shots at goal. With only one on the bench to rotate, the Eagles were busted going into the fourth quarter but they dug deep to give Coach Vearing one last blistering quarter and not let the score run away. Again good pressure made Leeton take rushed shots for goal and could only put on three goals in the final quarter.

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