1 September, 2023
Eagles soar at home
NORTH Warrnambool Eagles capped off a stellar home and away season with a seven-point win over Koroit last weekend.
The final round win saw the Eagles finish second on the Hampden League ladder, two games behind leaders South Warrnambool Roosters and a game clear of the third-placed Terang Mortlake.
The Eagles worked hard in front of their home crowd on Saturday, kicking three goals three to just two points in the first term before the Saints added six majors in the second quarter to take a three-point lead going into the main break.
The Eagles regrouped in the third, adding four goals to the scoreboard while containing the visitors to just three behinds. The third term proved a winning one for the Eagles, heading into the final quarter with 21-point lead.
Despite a late comeback from the Saints, the Eagles held on to win 9.10.64 to 8.9.57.
Adam Wines, Jett Bermingham, Judah Greene, Jarryd Lewis, Benjamin Mugavin and Matthew Wines were named best for the Eagles while for Koroit, James Gow, Tom Couch, Jayden Whitehead, Jamie Lloyd, Dylan McCutcheon and Jag McInerney were in the best.
This weekend’s first round of the Hampden finals series will see the Eagles take on the Bloods in Saturday’s qualifying final at Leura Oval while on Sunday the Saints will face Cobden Bombers in the elimination at Hanlon Park. In the reserves, the Bombers will take on the Blues on Saturday while Sunday’s elimination will see the Bloods and Saints fight to stay in the finals race.