Cody Clarke was instrumental in the Eagles’ win against Frenchville in Rockhampton at the weekend.
Cody Clarke was instrumental in the Eagles’ win against Frenchville in Rockhampton at the weekend.

Coach in awe at comeback hat-trick

BEN Ross is back to his goal-scoring ways after his hat-trick performance produced a win for the Emerald Eagles.

The Eagles took on Frenchville in Rockhampton in the Central Queensland competition at the weekend, winning 3-1 in a clash Emerald controlled for the entire 90 minutes.

Eagles' coach John Salogni said Ross was "remarkable" after a season hampered by a major knee operation and hamstring injury.

"He's not had much game time on the pitch and to come and score three goals in 11 minutes is remarkable," Salogni said. "He did his job… This is him coming back."

Salogni described the weekend performance by the Eagles as the best game he'd seen all season.

"It was entertaining, great football," he said. "It was a marked improvement. The more Frenchville fell over the more we dominated."

Another Eagle to receive Salogni's high praise was Cody Clarke whose one job was to shut down Frenchville's Ben Miller.

"Cody Clarke well and truly did his job. Miller had nothing," he said. "We closed their midfield down and they had nothing. It allowed the forwards to go through and do their job.

"Before they went out I told them to concentrate on their own game and make their own game better.

"They actually did start concentrating on their own game and at the end we were victors."

There was also marked improvement in the amount of cards the Eagles received with only two yellows being flashed.

"We did show a lot more respect and tolerance," Salogni said. "We didn't panic, but played restrained. Everything we did was correct."

The Eagles will travel to take on Capricorn Coast this weekend.


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