EAGLES’ WINGS: Former CQ Player of the Year Dan Vickers returned to the Eagles with a brace against Bluebirds.
EAGLES’ WINGS: Former CQ Player of the Year Dan Vickers returned to the Eagles with a brace against Bluebirds. Terry Hill

Eagles win the battle of the birds

EMERALD Eagles aren't getting carried away with their positive start to the season, and understand it only gets tougher from here.

Nevertheless, the vibe around the club appears to be at an all-time high with record numbers and commitment producing results.

Against Bluebirds United on the weekend, the Eagles rocked their home ground, Morton Park, scoring four goals to two.

ON THE FRONT FOOT: Emerald Eagles’ Steve Patterson about to strike the ball in the reserve grade match that Emerald won.
ON THE FRONT FOOT: Emerald Eagles’ Steve Patterson about to strike the ball in the reserve grade match that Emerald won. Terry Hill

Last season it took the Eagles eight games to post a win, and club captain Glenn Gilmour puts the change down to commitment.

"We have definitely turned things around, we have the commitment from the playing group and just more numbers involved," Gilmour said.

"Having the numbers really makes a difference, everyone wants to have a crack and push for first team spots.

"Though it's early days, it's good to be back creating chances and scoring goals, we weren't doing that last year." 

Emerald's reserve grade side are producing the goods as well, sitting in second place. Having the depth makes the first team accountable.

"Ressies are playing real good footy, they came back from one-nil down and won five-one," the keeper said.

"Bluebirds turned it on but the boys held them out and banged in a few more, it was good."

Gilmour said the return of 2014 CQ Player of the Year Dan Vickers had contributed to his side ticking along.

The striker grabbed a brace against Bluebirds.

"It's great to have him back, he has been awesome for us and will scare a lot of teams," he said.

"Our backline in both grades has been very strong, and all of the prems played well. Johnny Pearce got two goals, Chris Miller ran the show at the back and Euan Vallance attacked all game.

"In the ressies, Bobby Bracken played very well and slotted two penalties.

"He got players' player and Trae Cronin grabbed two goals."

After the break, Emerald are away to Parkana FC before a string of unkind fixtures against the competition heavyweights.

CQ Premier League

Emerald 4 Bluebirds 2

Cap Coast 4 Southside 2

Parkana 1 Nerimbera 0

Frenchville 2 Clinton 2


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