Round 1 Match Reports
The Bald Eagles hit the road to Crookwell, the home of wind farms, potatoes and the 2017 premiers for our first game thanks to the transport provided by our gold sponsor Canberra Toyota. After some great trial form, the boys were excited to see how we would go against the competition favorites.
This year we welcome new faces Ash Unicomb, Ryan Cantwell and Gareth Jones to the Eagles family, and welcome back some old ones with Vaughn Smiles and Ollie Kwong returning from his season-ending injury last year.
The encounter was physical from kick-off, with the big hits being led by our forwards Luke Wild and Braden Kenny. Despite our new centre Will Gurney (no typo) coming up with some crucial tackles, the Dogs started showing some Fijian flare which gave them forward momentum leading to them scoring the first try. This fired the boys into action, with a comeback try scored minutes later when Vaughn carried 3 Dogs over the line.
While the boys started hitting their groove, the ball had other ideas bouncing against us. With a couple of tries quickly conceded, we went into the halftime break down 29 -5. After the oranges, the team started the half with the same energy and aggression hoping to scare the Dogs to the kennel. Unfortunately, this physical effort saw a depleted Baldies line, with the Dogs taking advantage scoring a couple of tries in succession. The last 15 minutes saw the Baldies camped in there 22 unlucky to not come away with points.
The 49-5 final score was not a reflection of the physical battle encountered. The effort shown on Saturday was a stepping stone into the right direction towards a great year for the Bald Eagles. I’m excited to see what the squad produces in next weeks game against Batesman Bay.
3 – Ash Unicomb
2 – Luke Shaw
1 – Vaughn Smiles
Players Player – Ash Unicomb
Chick Pick – Will Gurney
The first game of the season for our Colties and a large number of new faces to our team that made the GF in 2017. With only 2 trial matches as a squad, combinations are still evolving and Queanbeyan are always a hard team to match.
This game started as expected, arm wrestle, with game equally played in each other’s half. Each team gave no opportunity.
Eagles scrum was most pleasing, constantly by far the dominant, earning regular penalties and Queanbeyan very lucky not to concede yellow card all match. Queanbeyan were first to score with the sides trading tries pretty much the whole match.
Neither Eagles or Queanbeyan could put the other side to the sword, making for a tense game for supporters. The final score was 12 – 10 to the home side Queanbeyan with the difference between sides being penalty/conversion kicks.
Our boys played really well and will be better for the hit out and will be sure to get the season started against Vikings next week.