The Murrumbateman Eagles have clinched the AFL Canberra Fourth Grade Men’s Minor Premiership with a straightforward 15.10.100 to 8.8.56 win against the Batemans Bay Seahawks last Saturday at Murrumbateman Park.

The round 16 clash in the last round of the home and away season saw the Eagles do enough to cement themselves in first position on the ladder on 52 premiership points, four ahead of nearest rival Yass Roos on 48 points.

The Eagles stormed out of the gates taking a 25-point lead to the first break where they then accelerated from there, booting another 11 goals to the Seahawks 8 and recording a 44-point win.

Mark Graeme, Jake Prince, Jordan Flanagan, David Jean, Elwyn Stannard and Samuel Mathieson were all among the best on ground for the hosts on the day.

The victory proved to be an historic day for the Murrumbateman Football Club, claiming the Club’s first minor premiership after just four years in existence.

Club Vice-President Brent Lello said he is extremely proud of the club in its short history.

“I think it’s tremendously significant and special, not just for the football club, not just for the players and supporters, but for the Murrumbateman community in general,” Lello said.

“It really has been a bit of a shining light, in terms of a sporting focal point for the community and just to see the increasing amount of supporters that we’re getting week to week and what we’re achieving on the field is really positive for the entire club.

“Given it’s our fourth year on the paddock and fifth year as a club, it’s just fantastic to be where we are, and all the hard work is paying off.”

The Eagles have been well supported in the community by players, coaches, fans, sponsors and the committee, not to mention the fantastic folk at the Murrumbateman Men’s Shed.

“They’ve been instrumental in that they are down there before anyone else, largely on game day, because we don’t have change rooms or other amenities for the home team,” Lello continued.

“That’s a lot of work involved in that. They help us with the barbecue and canteen facilities too. We’re absolutely privileged to have them in on our as part of our Eagle’s Nest.

“We rewarded them with the proceeds of our annual midwinter ball charity auction for them to the tune of $4,500 last week. It’s a very symbiotic relationship that we have, we couldn’t have gotten to where we are without them.”

The Eagles have put together an impressive portfolio so far in the 2022 season, recording 13 wins and just two losses – both to Yass, however they know the hard work isn’t over this year just yet.

Murrumbateman have won the right to a home preliminary final – which will be played at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval – in week two of the final series, set to take place on Saturday 13 August, and will come up against the winner of the fourth vs fifth clash between Goulburn Swans and ANU Griffins.

“I’m absolutely confident that we can go all the way. The clock winds back to the start from this week on and it’s not going to be easy.

“We’ve had some challenging games throughout the course of the season and any one of the top six on their day, can claim a win.

“But we’ve certainly put ourselves in the best position. We’ve got a home final that we’re actually playing in Gungahlin.

“Whilst we enjoy playing in front of a home crowd here in Murrumbateman, we are the first to admit that the surface is not great. So, we welcome the opportunity to play on a ground like Gungahlin.

“We look forward to having all of our supporters come along as well. We expect a huge turnout and fingers crossed for a positive result.

So, will the boys in blue, white and gold go all the way to claim the flag this August?

Tim Warren