EAGLES ARE SOARING!
THE boys from the local Touch Football area, Northern Eagles are playing their typically entertaining brand of football and it's making them look like world beaters.
Yesterday at the BCU International Stadium, the Eagles tore the Sydney Rebels apart to the tune of 11-3 on the second day of the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.
Combined with a win in the afternoon over Sunshine Coast, the Eagles have set themselves up to have a real crack today at qualifying for tomorrow's semi-finals and final.
With speed being shown by the big name players in the team such as Malcolm Webster, Albert Kelly and Richard Davis, the local boys look to have the ability to push the front runners in Pool A being Sydney Mets and Brisbane City Cobras.
Mets, with a star-studded line-up, continued their winning ways with a comprehensive victory over New South Wales Combined Independent Schools.
Amazingly, the Cobras are the only team in the tournament yet to allow in any touchdowns while scoring plenty of their own.
Both the Mets and Cobras faced off against each other last night in a highly anticipated twilight clash.
Central Queensland (CQ) proved it was the real deal in Pool B and a challenger to the Eagles.
CQ was too strong in their big clash with New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS), taking the match 9-4. Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) put a dent in the hopes of the Hunter Hornets, downing their southern rivals 9-5.
QSST and Southern Suns are the only undefeated teams, sitting atop Pool C.
Hunter Hornets and ACT still remain in contention for a quarterfinal berth but will have to play well in the remaining pool rounds.
In the girls division, QSST continue to power through the competition in Pool A.
They have scored an amazing 30 touchdowns, having only conceded one.
The girls from the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) team are also performing strongly in Pool A.
Grand finalists from last year, NSWCHS are currently the best placed team in Pool B.
Brisbane Cobras, NSWCIS and Sydney Mets are all locked in a battle for the second qualifying position in Pool B.
Southern Suns, led impressively by Jessica McCall, continue to dominate play in Pool C.
The final girls' division is shaping to be another hard fought category with Sydney Scorpions, Hunter Hornets and South Queensland all presently sitting on two wins and a loss.
All matches being played today, starting at 9.00am and being played well into the twilight hours promise to have a cut throat feel about them with finals positions up for grabs.
The final day of pool matches will also provide the opportunity for the teams to have some fun with Referees v Coaches exhibition game before the quarterfinal games begin in earnest.