Muswellbrook Eagles commence season with inter-club match and presentation

THE Muswellbrook Eagles have launched their season in style, bringing back the presidents vs secretary's match and hosting a presentation night with their sponsors.

In a casual but competitive affair, a game was held at Victoria Park on Saturday where club president, Andrew Spradbrow, saw his team come from behind to record a 7-1 victory.

Despite the defeat there was a smile plastered upon secretary Ian Tomlinson's face due to the support and numbers present on the day, which they haven't been able to hold in recent years due to a lack of players.

It seems to be a new dawn for the Eagles who have had an injection of youth and class throughout the pre-season, causing much excitement and anticipation for the upcoming season in both D grade and the all-ages side.

In terms of the match itself, the much fancied president's XI took control after falling behind early through a Mitch Vesic screamer from outside the box.

From there the pace and power of the winning team's front three, led by Callan Cridland, got the best of a defence that was understandably lacking chemistry.

The heat played a role with many of those involved tiring towards the end, but the refreshments following the final whistle were a light at the end of the tunnel for some.

There was a lot of skill and pace on show, although anybody at the match will tell you the main highlight was a spectacular self 'falcon' from Tomlinson, who handed the situation with poise and laughter.

In the evening the season launch was continued at the Muswellbrook RSL, who is the club's major sponsor, and the atmosphere clearly displayed the togetherness within the group.

Food, drinks and even games of bowls featured throughout the event, and RSL CEO Daryl Egan was presented with a plaque to represent the appreciation of the side.

Spradbrow said a few words to thank everybody involved in the day and had some special mentions for those who have had a significant impact of late.

"It's great to see such a family environment back at the club," he said.

"I see plenty of partners and kids and it's just something we haven't had for a while so it's really good.

"I'd also like to thank Brodern [Adam-Smith, vice-president], he's put in a lot of effort over the last few months and really helped us out."

The first matches will be played in a couple of weeks' time and the players will be hoping to do themselves and the sponsors proud when that first ball is kicked.