The Murrumbateman Eagles 9.14 (68) defeated the ADFA Rams 4.5 (29) in a chilly home game last Saturday in Round 9 of the Canberra Times 2022 Fourth Grade comp.

Coach Brent Fraser said besides being a cold, fresh day, it was great to come away with a good win over a good team.

“We knew ADFA were going to be fit and fast, which they always have been,” he said. “It was actually good to take away the points.”

Brent said the Eagles had to adjust their game to slow ADFA’s run-down but he was confident the team could give themselves the best opportunity.

Although the ball bounced the Eagles’ way, it was a tough match from the first whistle.

“They’re fit, they’re fast. They bring a physical game also and a fair one at that,” Brent said. “We had to match it to give ourselves every opportunity to take away the points and we were able to do that.”

With seven wins under the Eagle’s belt, they currently sit on the top of the ladder only conceding defeat to the Yass Roos earlier in the season.

“Well, it’s definitely a great achievement to be sitting where we are,” the coach said. “It’s been hard, there’s been a lot of games there that we’ve just scraped in and also just lost as well.”

“Where we are, it’s great, but there’s still a lot of footy to be played and we just need to take our opportunities and make sure that we turn up each week.”

“In this last half, because it is an open field, and every team has got the opportunity, so we can’t take anyone for granted, we have just got to keep going and play some good consistent footy.”

“You lose momentum, or you lose your consistency, and things can kind of turn pretty quickly.”

Brent said the team has worked on a lot as they take each week as it comes, but he was pleased with the four quarters against ADFA.

“It’s a very open field and each side has got an opportunity, especially in this last half of the season,” he said. “They are going to go for it and so we’ve had to adjust and make sure that our game plan has got the ability to be adjusted.”

The competition has a bye over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend but returns for Round 10 against the Molonglo Juggernauts at 2pm on June 18 at Murrumbateman Oval.

Brent said Molonglo are another great side after they beat Murrumbateman last year. The important match will be followed by a game against the ANU Griffins on June 25 on Kingston Oval.

“We do have two games straight after the bye that we can’t afford to take our foot completely off the pedal [of training].”

“[Molonglo] don’t give up no matter what type of game it is,” he said. “We need to be on our toes.”

“It doesn’t matter where anyone sits on the ladder you need to turn up.”

The Eagles will need to bring their game for the June match against Molonglo it can turn around quickly Brent said.

The rest has come at a good time for the team though they will continue to train if the ovals are re-opened and weather permits.

“It’s an open field and we look forward to the last half of the season, which is always going to be a busy one and I’m sure all clubs are going to be doing the same thing striving for that final campaign.”

Brianna O’Rourke