The Tumut Eagles and Miniroos were back at home on Saturday, hosting a variety of Wagga teams in round six of the Football Wagga Wagga competition at Tumut’s home of football, The Bull Paddock.
In the match of the day, the Elliotts Landscaping Supplies Tumut Eagles under 16s returned to the winner’s circle on Saturday with a solid performance against the Tolland Wolves, winning 9-0.
After a gutsy 2-1 loss to Henwood Park the week before, the Eagles were confident they would be able to put some goals away against the bottom placed Tolland.
From the outset the Eagles dominated play with good ball movement.
Great mid-field work by Jason Graham and Eddie Dodds led to Beau Cleary getting a hat-trick, scoring the Eagles first three goals.
Sonny Grady was keen to get in on the action and made numerous solid runs and fired at the Tolland goal but their keeper managed to keep him scoreless.
Cleary returned the favour to Graham supplying a lovely ball to Graham’s feet, who then smashed it in to the roof of the goals to give the Eagles their fourth before half-time.
The second half-continued to be all the Eagles way. Attempts at a counter by Tolland was swiftly dealt with the back line combination of Noah Parker, Riley McLachlan and Archie Rushton.
Aubrey Petfield showed his skills with a great left side run, beating five Tolland players before his attack was finally broken down.
The goals continued to roll in for the Eagles. Ben Howell was rewarded for his mid-field domination with two goals and was unlucky not to have a third with a penalty just hitting the post and rebounding back in to play.
Jason Graham got his brace with another goal in the second half and Eddy Dodds and Atticus Blenkins also added to the score sheet.
Jacob Gray put on the goalie gloves for the second half but was rarely troubled. When called to action, he showed very safe hands and good vision in his distribution.
At the final whistle the Eagles Elliotts Landscaping Supplies U16s had nine goals while their goal keepers Aiden Breed and Jacob Gray kept Tolland scoreless.
Next week the Tumut Eagles travel to Wagga Wagga for a tough game against the Lake Albert Black who are sitting above the Eagles in fourth on the ladder.
Under 12s def by Lake Albert 7-1.
Under 13s def by Wagga United 8-1.
15/16s Black def by Henwood Park Falcons 8-1.
15/16s Gold def by Henwood Park Hawks 6-4.
15/16s Eagles def Tolland 9-0.
The under 12s went down 7-1 to the Lake Albert Red Sharks, although in all honesty, the game was much closer than the score reflected, as is often the case in football.
It was a strong first half performance with the Eagles team well and truly matching Lake Albert for the majority of the half.
Conceding two late goals just before half time gave Lake Albert momentum going into the second half.
Throughout the match the Eagles team continued to create chances, although they could not quite finish off the excellent runs and passing moves.
The team absolutely never gave up and supported each other throughout, playing with great sportspersonship at all times.
A special mention to James Halloran playing his first match of the year in goal, who made some excellent saves and clearances.
Thanks also to Jai Crampton and Ian Kelly for filling in for the team and contributing so strongly.
New players to football Hunter, Georgia and Haydyn are improving greatly in their confidence, teamwork and understanding of the game.
The young Eagles are definitely all improving as individuals and as a team, which is so great to see.
What they are practicing and reinforcing in training is definitely starting to show on the pitch.
The coaching staff asked their players to remember playing junior football is more about development than it is about winning and losing, ‘progress not perfection’.
This week the under 13s Eagles team came up against the table topping Wagga United Crows and it was great to have all 12 players available.
The class of the opposition was on show early, with the Crows enjoying many scoring opportunities, and consequently, they raced out to a 4-0 lead.
However, the tides turned when the Eagles began stringing passes together and developing many offensive passages.
Their forwards took advantage of this, with both Aaron Wickman and Derrick Wright getting shots on target. This approximate 10 minutes of dominance for the Eagles was optimised with Jai Crampton taking a fabulous free kick which unfortunately hit the side post.
Play fluctuated back and forth between teams and the opposition were able to secure an additional two goals and they entered the half time break behind 6-0.
The half time discussion was centred around remaining optimistic and making the most of their chances during the limited number of times they had the ball in the attacking area.
An enthused Eagle’s outfit took the field for the second half, keen to implement the strategies discussed.
More defensive resolve from all players reliably detected the Crows.
This was complimented by heroic efforts by Parker Lonergan as goal keeper who remained solid all half.
They also presented a handful offensively, with Jamison Healy and Phillip Murphy combining well down the right-hand side line.
After two goals were conceded, the Eagles found their goal late in the piece.
Ian Kelly place a wonderous through the ball for the awaiting Jai Crampton who showed an abundance of speed then composure to slot the ball past the keeper.
The final result was 8-1 but the players are to be congratulated on their ongoing determination despite the score. They will take great confidence from remaining competitive against the current best team in their division
Under 15/16s Black
Tumut Toyota Eagles under 15s Black played host to Henwood Park Falcons for round six on Saturday.
The match started well for the Eagles, putting pressure on the Falcons goal line, eventually allowing Seamus McMahon to score the first goal.
Cooper Nichols spent the first half in goal, where his sharp reflexes saved multiple shots at goal.
Lottie McMahon took over Goal keeper duties in the second half, producing some excellent saves, but unfortunately was injured when she put her body on the line, leaving Mel King to take over.
Although showing great improvement in their teamwork, the Eagles ultimately went down 7-1.
Round 7 junior draw – Rawlings Park
9am: 12s Eagles v Lake Albert Tigers Sharks.
10.20am: 13s Eagles v Henwood Park Hawks.
1.40pm: Eagles Black v Tolland; Eagles Gold v Lake Albert Red; Tumut Eagles v Lake Albert Black.
Miniroos round 7 draw – DOK Oval.
10:15am: under 6s White v Tolland DOK 6.
10.15am: under 6s Gold v wagga United DOK 4.
11.15am: under 7s Black v Lake Albert DOK 3.
11.15am: under 7s Gold v Henwood Park DOK 2.
12.15am: under 7s White v Henwood Park DOK 3.
11.15am: under 8s Gold v Henwood Park DOK11.
9.00am: under 9s Black v South Wagga DOK 13.
10.15am: under 9s Gold v Lake Albert DOK 10.
9.00am: under 10s Gold v Lake Albert DOK 17.
12.15pm: under 11s Gold v Lake Albert DOK 15.