READY TO GO: Coach and centre-back Shannon Elford is hoping the Eagles get off on the front foot, starting this weekend.
READY TO GO: Coach and centre-back Shannon Elford is hoping the Eagles get off on the front foot, starting this weekend. Kelly Butterworth

Do or die for Eagles in FFA

IT IS fight or flounder for the Emerald Eagles tomorrow in their FFA Cup tie against Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.

In their first game of the season it is a chance to build on a successful pre-season with win.

With a 4pm kick off, live entertainment from local singer Anna Farquhar and a food and drinks on offer, what better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon down at Morton Park. 

A new era will be ushered in with coach Shannon Elford in charge for the first time, he will accept nothing more than a win.

"To kick off the year we want to get through the first game with a win, it is vital we don't start off with a loss," Elford said.

"If we can do what we have been doing in training and gradually step it up throughout the year. It will be a gauge for the first game, we can't lose it as it's the FFA Cup, we are done if we are out. It's a one off game, so it's do or die.

"We are playing the best team from technically a lower league so we should be in the box seat.

"Three wins would get us out of the CQ group and have us represent the region, we would play Mackay, it would be a very tough ask, but we just want to start of the year well and be a proud club again."

Ten of the Eagles premier grade squad attended the annual Frenchville six a side carnival at the weekend.

Captain Glenn Gilmour said the results failed to reflect the manner and style which they played at.

"Frenchville was a long day and a big ask playing four games on a hot day… if you isolate the results, we don't look great but all the teams bar one had their strongest side there," the goal-keeper said.

"We were all disappointed not to win more games but we still did quite well.

"At the end of the day it was a good look at what is out there and what we have to look at and what we need to do."

Team Sheet

1 Glenn Gilmour

2 Matt Kirby

3 Shannon Elford

4 Adam de Brabander

5 Gary McDougall

6 Jack O'Brien

7 Matty Holdsworth

8 Mick Tominich

9 Bobby Bracken

10 John Pearse

11 Chris Miller

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12 Cody Rumpf

13 Angus Elliot

14 Tom Conway

15 TBA

16 Robert Watson


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