Eagles ready for return

Narrabri’s Australian rules footy side to kick off season on Saturday

2018 Narrabri Eagles captain Luke McDermott, coach Nick Sandlant and forward leader Tom Carberry. The trio are part of the club’s five-man leadership group, which includes vice-captain Ciaran McCann and midfield leader Dan Nixon.

If the past few months are anything to go by, the 2018 season will be a success for the Narrabri Eagles.

A successful pre-season gala day and trivia night showed that the Eagles don’t just have the numbers on the field, but also the support off it.

After playing just three rounds in 2017 the club had to forfeit the remainder of the AFLNW season due to lack of numbers.

But this year just feels different.

A larger roster, a new coach, and a highly-respected captain.

The side is ready to roll.

That new coach is Nick Sandlant, a relative newcomer to town.

Sandlant said that after living abroad and spending last year in Adelaide he had not been around a footy club in a number of years, and he had never coached a team.

But he said that his years of experience playing Australian rules in Adelaide made him a perfect fit for the Eagles.

Sandlant’s goal for the year was for the club to play the entire season, something that he said was more than achievable given the size of the current playing roster.

He pinpointed skipper Luke McDermott, president/player Ben Maddern and vice-captain Ciaran McCann as three of the side’s key players.

The Eagles will kick off their season this weekend at the ‘Eagles nest’, Leitch Oval.

They take on the 2017 AFLNW champions Gunnedah, which started its 2018 season with a loss last week.

Narrabri did not play in round one after being dealt the bye.