Baldies back from Dar­win com­pe­ti­tion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

MAS­TERS AFL

PLAY­ERS from the Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gles mas­ters AFL team have re­turned home from Dar­win af­ter a strong show­ing in the na­tional car­ni­val.

Num­bers were short right across the Queens­land teams and it was com­mon for play­ers to play two or more games in dif­fer­ent age groups in hot con­di­tions to make sure their mates had enough play­ers.

Bald Ea­gles pres­i­dent Jack Lumby said there was a lot of back­bone shown by the Queens­land team and he was proud to wear the jumper.

Lo­cals John Ryan and Dar­ren Cross­ley made the over-35 all Aus­tralian team and Peter Spratling and Tim Perkins also played hard con­sis­tent roles in a great Queens­land side.

The team had good lead­er­ship with Spratling do­ing a great job as cap­tain. In the over-50s Mick Murtagh, Steve McGoldrick and Ray God­win were all in ac­tion with all three play­ers up to the chal­lenge and Murtagh fi­nally got a game up for­ward. The over-55 di­vi­sion saw Tas Tay­lor show he can still run with the best of them. The Bril­liant Baldie award is voted for by team-mates and Mick Murtagh took it out for the sec­ond year in a row with his hard gritty play in the 50s and 55s.

He bat­tled sore calves all through the car­ni­val and didn't back off. The Reef Wreck award went to Peter Spratling, also for his sec­ond year in a row, as he led from the front both on and off the field.

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