Eagles reclaim shield

THE Emerald Eagles’ grasp on the Barraclough Shield shows no sign of weakening after a robust display at the weekend to again claim the annual carnival’s title rights.

It’s the Eagles’ second championship win in as many years and a confirmation of the club’s dominance throughout the Central Highlands.

Challenging clubs in ages from under-6 through to youth sides from Dysart, Blackwater, Moranbah, Peak Downs and stretching out as far as Frenchville in the Rockhampton league, the junior Eagles certainly had their work cut out.

Emerald club treasurer and Eagles under-12 coach Derek Mayne said he was hoping to even the score with Frenchville after losing to the Rockhampton club in a carnival earlier this season.

“They beat us when I took my side to Frenchville and then they beat us again in Emerald,” he said.

The Barraclough carnival has been a staple in the local football competition for more than 25 years.

Mayne recalled one parent of a current junior Eagles player as having played in the same competition himself when he was growing up, such was its reputation.

The Eagles under-11 side never missed a beat, cruising through all six games in the tournament undefeated.

Moranbah’s youth side also made a welcome appearance, with the Dysart club said to have been strong through all grades.

For soccer players who can’t get enough of the action, the Emerald Eagles are also supporting a school-based twilight tournament at Morton Park.

Open to all schools from around the Central Highlands, the junior competition has already attracted strong interest. Points will be accumulated over a five-week program with a finals series for the season’s end.

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