Eagles relish final victory
THE Junior AFL Grand Finals were held at BCU Stadium at Coffs Harbour at the weekend.
The Eagles travelled to Coffs Harbour in search of the first premiership flag for the club.
They had a lot of work to do against the Strong Sawtell Saints who managed to overcome the Eagles in their last match up in round 12 of the season.
The game was intense from the get-go with both teams applying pressure on the ball carrier. There was no clear winner of the ball at the stoppages and competition for the ball from both sides was impressive.
McKenzie Wright worked hard to gain possession and move the ball forward.
The Eagles could only manage one goal for the term and with two rushed behinds, the Eagles went into the first break with a narrow 8-point lead.
The Saints battled hard in the second quarter and were able to get the ball into their forward line only to be rebounded by the fierce Eagles backs.
They seemed to restrict the run that the Eagles had shown in the weeks leading up to this game.
The Eagles were playing good footy although the Saints were able to score the only goal for the quarter and restrict the Eagles to just two points. At half-time the Saints trailed by only four points.
The Eagles had the assistance of the breeze in the third term but Saints kept coming at them with good run and penetrating kicks.
The Saints continued to move the ball well and were able to score again to take the lead and restrict the Eagles to no score for the first time this season. The Saints looked the goods at three-quarter time with a handy three-point lead.
In the final quarter, the game continued to be a close tussle, Liam Foster and Jack Hardman worked hard over the ball and the Eagles running players seemed to have better match fitness as they moved the ball into the forward line to regain the lead.
Mitch Johns took a strong mark 30m out from goal and kicked straight to take the Eagles lead out to 12 points. The Saints continued to gain possession only to be denied by the strong Eagles backline.
The Eagles finally took the game by 12 points.
Well done to both teams and congratulations to the Eagles, Premiers 2012.
The Lower Clarence Eagles Junior AFL Club thanks its sponsors, Yamba Bowling Club, Douse Fire Protection, Yamba Physiotherapy, Crystal Waters service centre, The Harwood Hotel, LJ Hooker Yamba, Eyecare plus, Kitchen to Table and Maclean Cellars.
Under 13 AFL Grand Final
Lower Clarence Eagles 3.8.26 def
Sawtell Saints 2.2.14