Baldies have a ball in Bali

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


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.

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