Baldies back from Darwin competition
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.