Baldies have a ball in Bali
AFTER three years of trying the Whitsunday Bald Eagles finally made it to Bali.
They joined with 20 teams from around the world to contest the Bali 9s Masters AFL Carnival.
President Jack Lumby said that only travelling with 12 players they knew they would have their hands full.
“The spirit of the Baldies came through and the team did itself very proud. Our first game was against the Dubai Dingoes and then the Borneo Bears, these were followed by pool round games against Warnbro Wombats and then the Vic Park Pigs,” he said.
“Scores were very close all weekend and the older Bal- dies team became a crowd favourite."
The Baldies wives and partners took on the roles of team manager, water runners, first aid and cheer squad and Lumby said their assistance was invaluable.
“We could not have been so successful without them,” he said.
The team has been invited back for the 2014 carnival. After Bali the team continued to Thailand for an invitational game. They are back on deck with training every Thursday night from 6pm at the Whitsunday Sports Park.
The next major carnival is the National AFL Masters Carnival in Darwin next October.
BALI CREW: Jay James, Kerrie McGoldrick, Steve McGoldrick, Sharon Hall, Blair Hall, Peter Spratling, Shane Bartlett, Barb Harris, Mal Harris, Bob Templeman, Nev Roberts, Dave Crook, Mick Murtagh, Rod Tulk, Torren Credaro, Brian Pearce, Ryan Runner, Kelly Smith, Avril Crook (back), Emma James, Sandy Miller, Jack Lumby, Louisa Lumby, Jane Murtagh and Deb Templeman (front) on the Bald Eagles Bali tour.