Ea­gles fly high to se­cure a big win at home

Down on play­ers and down on luck with a lop­sided 58-0 loss to Eidsvold

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Ea­gles flew past the Gla­di­a­tors on Satur­day af­ter­noon and Eidsvold cap­tain Stan­ley Bligh led the flock well.

Bligh said from the start his team had the up­per hand and the score of 58-0 was a true re­flec­tion on the way the game went.

“They only had 13 play­ers on the day and that will al­ways make it hard,” Bligh said.

“But we were 18 points in front af­ter 18 min­utes and the boys just wanted to run.”

The Eidsvold Ea­gles’ first win of the sea­son came de­spite Gayn­dah’s best ef­forts.

Coach of the Gayn­dah team Glenn Op­per­mann said he was happy with his team’s per­for­mance re­gard­less of the loss.

“We are still turn­ing up to play and given that we had three play­ers hav­ing their first game of the sea­son and we only had a bare 13, I think we did pretty well,” he said.

“So many of our play­ers are away for work and a few on the in­jured list, we will come back and give ev­ery team in the com­pe­ti­tion a shake.”

Op­per­mann told his boys at half time to just keep the ba­sics right.

He told his team that they

CAUGHT! Dwinelle Luani takes the tackle and is brought down hard. can be proud of the fact that they had turned up and had a go. team.

Last year Bligh was cap­tain of Theodore and has played in many rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams.

Bligh said he was so happy that the Eidsvold Ea­gles had won its first game of the year.

“We have a big for­ward pack now and the young Eidsvold lads are step­ping it up in the backs,” Bligh said.

“I have never seen th­ese boys play as they did to­day and we can now look for­ward to our next win.” 1. The Dodd fam­ily sup­port­ing the Ea­gles. 2. Halasima Taulafo is over for one of his three tries. 3. Jeff Shad­ford moves the ball out along the Gayn­dah line. 4. Nimi Lote Lu­tai still gets the ball away. 5. Stan­ley Bligh only knows one way to run and that is flat out. 6. One of Eidsvold’s best de­fend­ers on the day was David Chap­man. 7. Gayn­dah puts the ball in the air on the fifth tackle but only puts Eidsvold back in pos­ses­sion. 8. Stan­ley Bligh gets the kick­ing tee from Gary Popp. said he could not be­lieve that he was given the chance to play for the Ea­gles.

“I started the year just play­ing in short bursts be­cause I was so un­fit but now I can play the whole 80 min­utes,” Chap­man said.

“We have been train­ing hard and we have had 20 play­ers turn­ing up ev­ery week to train.

“If you don’t come to train­ing you don’t get a spot in the team so we have all been try­ing hard to get a jer­sey.”

The Ea­gles will be play­ing Mur­gon this week­end at home and Gayn­dah will be at home toWondai.

All Cen­tral Bur­nett teams will be match­ing their skills against South Bur­nett teams, with Mun­dub­bera trav­el­ling to Cher­bourg for

David Chap­man If you don’t come to train­ing you don’t get a spot in the team so we have all been try­ing hard to get a jer­sey.

the match of the round and Monto will play Kin­garoy to round out the draw.

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