Eagles to face tall order

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Holly Lowcock gets her kick away for the Lions despite intense pressure from Beth Beckett.
Camera IconHolly Lowcock gets her kick away for the Lions despite intense pressure from Beth Beckett. Credit: Jack Gibellini

Buoyed by their second ever SWFL women’s regular season victory, the Collie Eagles head to Hands Oval on Sunday and take on Maxwell Jetta’s Tigers, who are fresh from their victory in the Brooke Fiore Hair and Tanning pre-season competition.

The Eagles showed plenty of character against the Boomers last week, with Tahlia Dawson-Gibbs backing up her solid pre-season form.

If she continues to provide invaluable guidance to her teammates at the coalface, she is bound to attract interest from both WAFLW and AFLW scouts.

But the Eagles will be well aware of the threats the Tigers possess – not just in skill, but height.

New recruit Kate Fielding has provided a focal point in the middle of the ground, while all signs are pointing towards Ebony Bilcich and Tanisha Anderson also having quality seasons.

If they get off to a solid start, the Tigers will be hard to topple.

At Glen Huon Reserve, there will be plenty to play for between the Boomers and Panthers, who are both keen to improve on last season’s results.

The Panthers, who had a bye in round one, will be fresh from a week off and will be keen to show new coach Geoff Nitschke how they can put theory into action.

The Boomers, who lost by 23 points against Collie Eagles on Sunday, showed plenty of heart and will be out to open their 2019 account.

A shining light for the Boomers last Sunday was Sonia Dorizzi, who worked tirelessly across all four quarters.

Her teammates will look to her again for leadership on Sunday, while Emily Bourne will be keen to back up her impressive performance.

The key to victory for both teams will be locking the ball in the forward line and generating positive scoreboard pressure.

Fixtures

Sunday: 1.10pm Eaton Boomers v Carey Park at Glen Huon Reserve, South Bunbury v Collie Eagles at Hands Oval

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