The Narrabri Eagles got off to a flying start on Saturday, with a convincing 86-point round one Greater Bank AFLNW win at home against the Tamworth Swans.
It was a game that key trio, captain Michael Leven, vice-captain and club president Ben Maddern and player-coach Luke McDermott said last week that they expected to win.
Their side did so in style, slotting a round-high 19 goals.
Eagles player-coach McDermott said that he was very pleased with his side’s performance.
“It was very pleasing, especially for some of the new fellas to get a bit of a taste,” he said.
“Getting them familiar to the game was good.
“There were five or six blokes who hadn’t played before so they leanrt a fair bit from it.
“[Debutant] Ray Nixon won the players-player award.
“He started on the wing then went to the middle as well, and went in really hard and got a fair few touches.
McDermott said that Todd Fagan who kicked nine goals, Todd Dunn who kicked four and defender Maddern who was solid all day were the three standout players in the Eagles’ win.
He also commended the midfield who worked really hard.
McDermott said he was extremely pleased with the second quarter, where Narrabri kept Tamworth scoreless.
The Eagles got off to a flying start, and at quarter time led 4.8 (32) to 2.1 (13).