Under 16s suffer first loss
ON Sunday the U16 Eagles loaded up against premiership favourites Myrtleford in a top of the table clash.
The conditions were wet, windy and a touch chilly, but that didn’t seem to bother the players as they cracked in from the outset.
You could say that Myrtleford held a slight size advantage but that didn’t stop Hazz continuing to play the game with his own ball.
Having a year that would bring a tear to roaming Billy’s eye, he fought hard all day.
Watto got another crack at his rival in a contest that was sensational viewing.
Nick was simply fantastic all day and received the Roundabout award for the week after a game where he clearly won the points.
With the weather a tad cool, a few dimmys and hot chips from Shaneo was the go for the rising gun.
Byrnesy was continuing on with some solid form for the second week in a row, and as the season rolls along he is starting to realise he has a role to play with this group.
The effort was enough to secure him the Cafe 41 award.
We know the coach doesn’t mind a latte as well, so perhaps a chance for the boy to secure his spot in his favourite possie.
Heading into half time the game was definitely tight with the Eagles only three goals down after the ripping second quarter that took it right up to the Saints.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Saints really got rolling in the second half, and the longer it went the further ahead they got.
The final margin probably didn’t do the lads justice in the end, but it was still a very competitive game.
Bottom age players stood tall in the fierce contest, with the angry Dunstan kid and the smooth moving Moppa among players who gave it everything they had.
Parksey was another who bobbed up a few times and showed his versatility to the team which will be needed if they meet the Saints again later in the season.
Big Jimbo and the Ibis Farmer tried hard all day against a fairly large human, and Jack Allen was another to show some good signs in defence.
In defence, the ball was flying in fast and frequent, and the lads were doing their best under the pressure.
Toby had some really solid moments under pressure that showed his growth, which was enough for him to grab the Hunting and Fishing Award.
The final margin was 59 points, but the Eagles were far from disgraced, and should take confidence they can compete hard when they next meet this season.
Goal Scorers: Greene, Law, Brudenall and Mahoney
Best Players: Mahoney, Watson, Dunstan, Christopher
Next week they head to Wangaratta on Saturday to take on the Imperials at Cathedral College with redemption on their minds.