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The North Central Review
The North Central Review
The North Central Review is an independently owned newspaper publishing company based in Kilmore that is responsible for publishing two community newspapers each week, covering communities within the Mitchell Shire

It was a successful Saturday for the Eagles at the Showgrounds with the team scoring an impressive victory over Watsonia.

Whittlesea 15.24-114 defeated Watsonia 5.3-33 to firmly place the Eagles second on the ladder with an impressive 220.9 per cent.

Adding to the excitement of the weekend, Brent Toll played his 250th senior game for the club. Coach, Garry Ramsay, said that it was a huge milestone for one of our most committed and dedicated clubmen.

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“Brent, a life member of the Eagles and has stood by the club in good times and bad. He has showcased his talent throughout the years and has plenty of individual and team accolades to show for it,” Ramsay said.

While the game got off to a slow start for the Eagles with only three goals in the first quarter the Whittlesea back line made sure that Watsonia’s shorts at goal were restricted to behinds.

Watsonia seemed to get on top of the game in the second quarter with four goals with the Eagles this time confined to the minor scores.

The Eagles however were not going to see a defeat and they came out of the half time break with a vengeance with Jared Murphy booting a goal in the opening minute.

By applying pressure, the Eagles maintained possession of the ball which allowed them to control the game, create scoring opportunities, and limiting Watsonia’s chances.

Consistent pressure was a highlight of the second half with the opposing players having to work harder, both physically and mentally with little result on the scoreboard.

As the match progressed, it became obvious that fatigue was beginning to impact Watsonia’s overall performance.

The intense pressure demonstrated by the Eagles sent a message that the Eagles were determined and relentless.

Whittlesea virtually sealed the game in the final term with seven unanswered goals.

Goals came from Jaron Murphy, Lachlan Shin-Mahoney, Taidhg Bland and Xavier Dimasi with two goals each.Riley Carter, Thomas Falls, Matt Langford, Blake Watson, Clancy Bland and Caleb Newport one goal each.

Best on ground were Deakin Tennant, Mitch Taplin, Mitchell Andrews, Jaron Murphy, Taidhg Bland and Xavier Dimas.

Next week the Eagles travel to Thomastown to face the number six team on the ladder.

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