Eagles take first steps of 2017


The Tumut Eagles gathered for their first training run of 2017, with captain/coach Matt Lopez confident they can build on the back of some promising results to finish 2017

THE Tumut Eagles began preparations for the 2017 season with a light run at the Bull Paddock on Tuesday evening

The Tumut Eagles officially began preparations for the 2017 Pascoe Cup season this week when players gathered at the Bull Paddock for pre-season training.

Under the leadership of captain/coach Matt Lopez the new-look Eagles, with a bold new logo and shirts, will look to build on their promising displays at the back end of the 2016 season where they shored up their once leaky defence and began to hold their own against more fancied opponents.

“I like to think that was my big contribution to 2016, new logo, and looking at implementing that and the reception has been awesome, everyone I’ve seen so far has complimented it, and it’s a good reflection of the club I think,” he said.

“It’s a good turnout, we have around 20 here tonight which obviously shows a lot of enthusiasm carrying over from last year so I’m really impressed with the turnout and hopefully that improves and possibly increases over the next couple of weeks,” Eagles captain/coach Matt Lopez said.

Lopez will look to get some fitness into his 2017 squad and is looking forward to once again taking the reins of the ever-improving side, with a pre-season match against Canberra City their first hit-out of the new season.

“With a combination of endurance and speed required, we’ll work on those aspects for the next 6 weeks. I’m feeling positive, enthusiastic and really looking forward to it, we should have a good year, had some good results at the back end of last year and will look to improve every game this season. We’ll see how each player has improved and focus on our strengths and try to minimise our weaknesses,” he said.

An example how far they came last season is their two matches against Lake Albert, a 12-0 drubbing early in the season, but an 8-goal improvement saw them go down 4-1, and while still a loss, it shows how far the club improved, and with a new season just around the corner there is plenty of reason for optimism within the club, but Lopez avoided making any rash predictions.

“I’m not making any predictions or setting any goals this far out, so we’ll just take it a game at a time.”