West Lothian Eagles Vs Glasgow Sharks Preview
The last time both these sides competed was July 2018. The Eagles were playing in their first year under AFL Scotlands Development criteria in order to help build and maintain their club. Nearly twelve months on and the Eagles have shown they are more than ready to take on the Established clubs on Aussie Rules in Scotland.
Marking off a number of achievements along the way to their first proper year within SARFL the Eagles will be keen to record a victory in their first Home League game ever when the play the Glasgow Sharks at Linlithgow Rugby Club on May 25th 2019. Both sides have only played each other twice before, once mentioned above the other in the 2018 Haggis Cup, the Sharks having taken the win on both occasions to the young fledgling Eagles side. Though with a lot more experience under the Eagles belts and recently playing in a very tough game against the Kangaroos the Sharks wont be taking the Eagles lightly.
Asked for comment on preparations for the Eagles game Head Coach Adam Jack had this to say – “We are taking this game very seriously, the Eagles will be fired up at their home nest and looking to prove themselves by taking some premiership points out of the contest. Everytime we have played them they have given us some strong competition so we are expecting more of the same, hard work in and around the contest will be needed if we are to come out on top.”
Sharks Assistant Coach James Hancock has spent a lot of time with some of the Eagles in his role as Scottish Clansmen Head Coach and he believes the Eagles have come a long way in a short space of time. “They have worked so hard since starting, from their clubs administration to their coaching they keep going from strength to strength. Having added a Womens team to their ranks also and having that come on leaps and bounds while growing the Mens team is no easy feat. The Eagles have some terrific talent, the more they stick together as a group the greater a squad they will be. We have a great respect for the Eagles and they always show great hospitality after matches, we can wait for this match up.”
Having played Club Rivals the Edinburgh Bloods in the previous game and missing out in a tough contest by a narrow margin the Sharks will be looking to get some points on the board and get their 2019 SARFL Season up off the ground. Coach Adam Jack will be looking to experienced heads to take charge and show greater level of discipline and maintain the structures worked on through the Pre-Season.