The Eagles The Pride Of The Coal Mining Town Again

The Collie Eagles faithful, finally had something to cheer about, when they defeated Carey Park on Saturday afternoon at the Collie Recreation Ground, in the opening game of round fifteen of the Dale Alcock Homes South West, SWFL Premiership season.

The win was the Eagles first for the season, breaking a 14 game losing streak this season, before a small crowd.

It was a game of defence in the first quarter with neither team able to gain any ascendancy of cohesive play, with the first goal coming at the 13 minute mark of the first quarter.  Corey Griggs would mark and goal just before quarter time, giving the Panthers a two point lead at the first break.

Paul Rinder would put the Eagles in front at the two minute mark of the second quarter courtesy of a good mark, but then both teams would pepper the goals, both missing easy shots.  Jayce Fontana and Adam Bignell kicked goals in quick succession to extend the margin to fifteen points at half time.

The third quarter would see Collie kick four goals with Cameron Davidsons goal from a snap in the goal square putting the home team up by 33 points.  The Carey Park defence was under plenty of pressure but they continued to press themselves and scored a late goal courtesy of Manasseh Milham.

There were courageous acts from both teams, with Jye Graham of Carey Park running back with the flight of the ball at half back, only to be met full force by three players coming the other way.  He would take no real further part in the match, and soon after Paul Rinder would hobble off with what looked like an ankle injury.

Just when it looked like Collie had done enough, Carey Park kicked three goals at the fifteen, seventeen and twenty one minute marks of the final term.  When Rory O’Brien kicked around the corner from deep in the pocket the margin was back to fourteen points, the Eagles looked wobbly, and when Beshaun Maher ran into an open goal soon after the margin was back to eight points. The final two minutes saw the ball go from end to end, with the Eagles holding on to record their first win of the season, despite not scoring in the final term.

The Eagles played the better football for the majority of the match, with Corey Griggs the best player on the ground, while Luke Abbott and Kayden Pola also played very well, while Jayce Fontana was dominant up forward, and was the only player on the day to kick more than one goal.  Rory O’Brien again played well for the Panthers, as did Ethan Maguire and Jaxon Bell.

Match Centre

Collie Eagles   1.2.8  4.4.28  8.5.53  8.5.53
Carey Park  1.4.10  1.7.13  3.8.26  6.9.45

Goals:  Collie Eagles – Jayce Fontana 2, Rory Bebbington 1, Adam Bignell 1, Cameron Davidson 1, Corey Griggs 1, Kayden Pola 1, Paul Rinder 1.  Carey Park – Aaron Holmes 1, Brady Lenaghan 1, Beshaun Maher 1, Manasseh Milham 1, Rory O’Brien 1, Zane Verhaaf 1.
Best: Collie Eagles – Corey Griggs, Luke Abbott, Samuel Russell, Jack Davidson, Kayden Pola, Liam Reuben.  Carey Park – Ethan Maguire, Jaxon Bell, Zane Verhaaf, Rory O’Brien, Jamahl Mulholland, Kye Axell
Ground:  Collie Recreation Ground
Umpires:  Aaron Andrews, Paul Davey
Reports:  Nil
Crowd:  344

As part of the Acknowledgement to Country before the match, Elder James Khan asked players to all come together and unite – which all players and officials did after the match.