Bald Ea­gles swoop into Bali

Whit­sun­day team claims divi­sion ti­tle

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES: The Whit­sun­day Bald Ea­gles team have re­turned from their yearly so­journ to play in the Bali 9s AFL Mas­ters Carnival.

The Baldies toured with two teams, with their over 35s team win­ning the Divi­sion 3 ti­tle and the over 47s get­ting runners-up in Divi­sion 2.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was of a very high cal­i­bre and for both teams to achieve this was out­stand­ing. We are the only club from Queens­land com­pet­ing at the event, with one from NSW, two from Vic­to­ria, five from Western Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and the oth­ers com­ing from Bali, Jakarta, Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, Dubai and Bor­neo,” club pres­i­dent Jack Lumby said.

“This has been our most suc­cess­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tion yet in the six years that we have been in­volved.”

The carnival was set up 13 years ago as the Bali bomb­ings me­mo­rial AFL Mas­ters carnival to re­mem­ber the 88 Aus­tralians that were lost at that tragic event.

Orig­i­nally started by Jason McCarthy, from the North Mel­bourne and Colling­wood clubs, who was also a burns vic­tim of the bomb­ing, there were three teams in the first year and this has grown to 37 teams this year.

It’s not just about footy.

“A tour high­light is our yearly visit to the YPAC or­phan­age for hand­i­capped chil­dren,” Lumby said.

“We pro­vide a morn­ing tea and gifts for the chil­dren, as well as this year do­nat­ing $1500 to­wards the fa­cil­ity.

“Last yeasr`’do­na­tion pro­vided a phys­io­ther­apy room at YPAC.

“We be­came in­volved with the YPAC kids five years ago when the fa­cil­ity was run down and, through our do­na­tions and lead­er­ship, other groups have be­come in­volved and now it has evolved into a clean, dry, hy­gienic and pro­duc­tive home and day school for th­ese won­der­ful chil­dren.

“As well as our own gifts, we were able to take over quite a few of last yeasr`’Sea Ea­gles ju­nior shirts, sin­glets and hats, a truly whole-of-club con­tri­bu­tion.

“We also an­nu­ally hold a club ser­vice and place flow­ers at the Bali Bomb­ings Me­mo­rial out of re­spect to the 88 Aus­tralians, and 202 in to­tal, who lost their lives in an­other sense­less act of ter­ror­ism.

“We send our sol­diers to war but we sent our chil­dren on hol­i­day never to re­turn.”

Next yeasr`’carnival is set to be even big­ger with the over 35s, over 45s and the ad­di­tion of an over 55s divi­sion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG TRIP: The over 47s Bald Ea­gles team mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated in the Bali 9s AFL mas­ters carnival and came run­ner-up.

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