Whittlesea youngster Tom Indian made his senior debut in the ruck for the Eagles during Saturday's huge upset of West Preston-Lakeside. Picture: Nathan William Media

WHITTLESEA produced the upset of the Northern Football Netball League division one season so far on Saturday, defeating West Preston-Lakeside in a shock result.

Playing away without five senior players including star recruit Jarrad Waite, the Eagles got an early jump on the Roosters with a 5.5 to 0.1 first quarter, taking a 34-point lead into the break.

Despite its losses, Whittlesea had strong contributions across the board, including from a pair of young debutants.

Tom Indian, 16, held his own in the ruck, while 17-year-old Will Plain booted two goals.

Deakin Tennant was rock solid on the Roosters’ former AFL gun Ahmed Saad, while onballers Blake Watson, Xavier Dimasi and Taidhg Bland shone.

The Roosters began to mount a comeback in the second quarter, kicking four goals to two, with players like Joel McDonald and Damandeep Aujla coming to the fore, but the home side could not make further inroads on Whittlesea’s lead in an arm-wrestle of a third quarter.

With a 23-point lead at the final change the Eagles knew they would need to withstand a West Preston-Lakeside onslaught, and it came early, with the Roosters taking the lead halfway through the final quarter.

But the Eagles dug deep, with Tom Falls and Plain goaling to re-establish the lead and deliver Whittlesea a memorable 12.11 (83) to 11.9 (75) victory.

It was Whittlesea’s finest win since rejoining the division one competition ahead of the cancelled 2020 season, and put the league on notice that the Eagles will no longer be easy-beats.

Following the Easter break, Whittlesea will host Hurstbridge in a special Anzac Day clash on Monday, April 25.

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