WHITTLESEA lost no admirers despite a 70-point road loss to Bundoora in Northern Football Netball League’s division one on Saturday.
The Eagles were badly undermanned, missing 11 senior players for the clash with the in-form Bulls.
Whittlesea never seriously threatened the home side in a 4.7 (31) to 15.11 (101) loss, but coach Blair Harvey was proud of the effort of his charges nonetheless.
Despite trailing by 72 points at the final change the Eagles refused to surrender, winning the final quarter by two points.
Captain Xavier Dimasi never let up with his effort in the midfield and Steven Dempsey kept Bundoora goal sneak Danny Younen scoreless, while back pocket Deakin Tennant was also handy.
Harvey said the team viewed this week’s home game against Macleod as a ‘must-win’ contest.
“We’re hoping we’ll get five or six players back next week, which we’re hoping will make a big impact in our side,” he said.
“We’ve hopefully got Cameron Wild, Luke Duffy, Jake Wild, Joel Fitzgerald and Blake Watson. Out of those five, three are playing VFL football, so we’re looking forward to that, that’s for sure.
“We come up against Macleod at home, and with some key players back in, we think it will really hold us in good stead.”