Pressures off: Emerald Eagles soar
NEW game instructions achieved results for the Emerald Eagles premier men and reserve grade teams at the weekend.
Facing Gladstone's Centrals in the Central Queensland Competition in Emerald, the reserves walked away with a convincing win and the premiers recorded a 1-all draw.
Coach John Salogni said he was very happy after a string of dismal results.
"All the team lifted and showed they can win," Salogni said. "Hats off to the boys.
"They've done really well."
The final score in the reserve's match was 3-1, which was quite unlike the last time they met the Gladstone side who beat them 5-2.
Salogni said the reserves had a commanding presence on the pitch, scoring first and never looking back.
"What came out on the weekend was brilliant and they deserved to win," he said.
"We told the boys to go out and enjoy themselves.
"No pressure was put on and they did (enjoy themselves)."
Nick Kajer was the leading scorer, slotting two into the net.
Salogni said Mark Hatfield was among the many "blokes on the field who stood up".
"The full backline was sensational. It goes to show they have improved," he said.
Salogni put the marked improvement in performance down to his instructions to the players to enjoy themselves, which was also evident in the premier men's match.
The premier men showed vast improvement to their last scorecard against Centrals, which was a 5-1 loss.
Salogni described goal keeper Glen Gilmore as "absolutely solid", saying it was one of the best games he had seen Gilmore play.