West Lothian Eagles vs Glasgow Sharks
|West Lothian Eagles||3||3||21|
|West Lothian Eagles||1||8||14|
Saturday saw a huge day for the club with both the men’s and women’s teams head to Linlithgow to take on the West Lothian Eagles. After a week of nice sunny weather, true to form Saturday was dull damp day but that could not dampen the clubs spirits for this groundbreaking league doubleheader. Both squads had some new faces all of whom were looking to make their marks on the game
The women’s game was up first, determined to get off to a good start a new look midfield didn’t take long to click into gear sending the Sharks deep into attack for 25 gamer Stacey Hughes to get to work. Although the game was being played exclusively in the Sharks forward line the Eagles defence stood strong and helped by some sharks inaccuracy kept their team in the contest going into the first break trailing by 9 points.
First Quarter – 0.0 (0) v 1.3 (9)
The second quarter got underway with the Sharks looking to stamp their authority on the game snagging an early goal to extend their lead. Midway through the stanza the Eagles managed to breach what looked too be an impregnable Sharks defence and open their scoring account with a minor score. From the kick in the Sharks went straight down the other end and put through another major and went into the main change with a healthy 22 point lead.
Second Quarter – 0.2 (2) v 3.6 (24)
At the start of the third quarter it looked more of the same with the Sharks getting on the board early and the ball being camped in their forward line. The Eagles though, showed that hard work and persistence pays off sprung from defence with a fabulous overlapping passage of play to go forward and put through their first goal of the day. The Sharks answered with a goal of their own and by quarters end extended their by 7 points.
Third Quarter – 1.3 (9) v 5.8 (38)
Clearly inspired by a much improved third term the Eagles started the last quarter strongly and opened the scoring with a goal. Not having a bench the Sharks were now running on tired legs and willed themselves forward but inaccuracy struck again and were unable to capitalise on their forward entries and could only manage 3 behinds for the term. The Eagles banged home another major but having done the hard work earlier in the game the Sharks ran out the game comfortable 20 point victors.
Fourth Quarter – 3.3 (21) v 5.11 (41)
At 2 o’clock it was the men’s teams turn to take to the field and as the first quarter got underway you wouldn’t have known it was wet and slippery. On the receiving end of some excellent ruck work the Sharks midfield were able to deliver the ball into the open forward line at will and soon had the makings of a huge score on the board. Erasing the memory of the slow start last time out the Sharks went into the first change with a 45 point lead.
First Quarter – 0.2 (2) v 5.7 (47)
In the second term the Sharks continued the onslaught. With the defence repelling everything and clearly in an uncompromising mood the Sharks were settling into their work when the game was brought to a halt with 10 minutes to go by a significant injury to Eagles player Michael Dyer. After a lengthy delay the decision was made to call an end to the quarter and play the last 2 quarters as normal. Michael was later cleared of any structural damage to his leg and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Second Quarter 0.3 (3) v 10.10 (70)
The Eagles were working hard in the Premiership quarter showing fight and a willingness not to throw in the towel but the Sharks had all the answers to any questions asked of them. Impressively there wasn’t a hint of greediness in their play instead they stuck to their structures and ethos of team play resulting in an 8 goal quarter.
Third Quarter – 0.4 (4) v 18.16 (124)
Going into the last the Sharks could have been forgiven for taking their foot off the pedal, instead as the intensity came out of the game the Sharks seemed to go up a gear and turned in a 12 goal quarter. The Eagles also had their best quarter of the day popping through a major of their own, they battled hard all day but found the hungry Sharks stiff opposition on the day with the final scores.
Fourth Quarter 1.8 (14) v 30.21 (201)
Two big wins for the club with both the Womens and Mens teams able to compete at the same ground on the same day for the first time in the Scottish League.
The club would like to thank the Eagles for their Hospitality!
Best On Ground for the Women`s Team – Ellie Sutherland
Best On Ground for the Men`s Team – James Hancock