Well drilled Eagles power home against Tumby Bay Blues

Great Flinders football

Tumby Bay 8-8 (56) lost to United Yeelanna 11-15 (81)

TUMBY Bay were looking for their third win of the season as they squared up against the formidable United Yeelanna Eagles.

Buoyed by the absence of a few senior players, coach Harris had the Blues primed for a good performance.

In the opening moments, J. Calverly – returning from a major knee operation – made his first touch of the season a significant one, swivelling to snap a goal from the square.

A frenetic scramble in front of goal eventually saw the Eagles on the board but before the first break N.James got his name in the book after marking and kicking in one motion from close quarters.

At quarter time the game was shaping up well with Tumby Bay 2-2 (14) to the Eagles 3-3 (21).

The second quarter was low scoring with Tumby Bay showing impressive tenacity to negate the Eagles’ free-flowing football.

Notable amongst the second quarter action was the fleet-footed side step and goal by B. Calderwood. Not known for his lateral movement, Calderwood’s effort put the home side in a good position at the long break with scores even on 4-5 (29).

With the crowd anticipating a competitive third quarter Havelberg marked well for the Eagles in the opening moments and converted to put the Eagles clear.

Tumby Bay stuck to their plan and put together a beautiful passage of play when James kicked out of centre to Josh Cave who chest marked and passed off to T. Kelly who set himself for a shot at goal from 70 metres out.

With Kelly’s attempt falling just short Calderwood marked and goaled from close quarters.

Soon after club favourite Rees scored from the throw in and when Kelly converted his second long-range attempt Tumby were looking impressive in attack. Not to be forgotten, the Blues defence were well represented by Jacob Cave and Alex Losic.

Assisted by an age-defying performance by Jericho, the Eagles went into the last break leading the home team 7-8 (50) to 8-9 (57).

Blues coach Harris made an impassioned plea to his players in the break but when Xavier Watson kicked the Eagles 15 points clear with 15 min to go in the fourth quarter, the game took on a familiar flow as the Eagles dominated the young home side with skill and well drilled football.

Scribe’s notable performers were B.Cooper, James Walker, Hind. Rees. Kelly and Calderwood while the Eagles were well represented by Jericho, Watson, M. and S. Crettendon and C.Carr.