It’s been a while coming - 15 months to be exact - but Narrabri’s Australian Rules football side is finally back in the winner’s circle.
The Eagles accounted for Moree by eight goals at Leitch Oval on Saturday, the win the side’s first since an opening round victory against the Tamworth Swans at the same venue last year.
Of course, the 2017 season didn’t last long, with the Eagles forced to fold after a handful of games due top a lack of numbers, but the signs have been better this year.
After a couple of learning experiences against reigning premiers Gunnedah and the Tamworth Kangaroos in its first two games, Narrabri put those lessons to great use in beating the Suns 16.9 (105) to 8.9 (57).
The Eagles were never seriously threatened by the visitors in what was a hard-fought game from start to finish, and had the game in the bag after a seven-goal first quarter saw them lead by 46 points to nil.
In blustery conditions, Moree came back into it briefly in the second term, but the Eagles took full advantage when kicking towards The Crossing Theatre end again in the third term and at the final break led by 67 points.
Moree kept at the Narrabri side to the end and had much the better of the final term kicking to the same end, but the Eagles could reflect on a job well done.
The standout for the Eagles without a doubt was Tom Mackey, who benefitted from a run against the Kangaroos the previous week with a dominant performance on the ball, kicking three goals into the bargain.
Mackey was everywhere and his good ball use allowed the Eagles’ forwards to shine.