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Eagles swamp Wombats

Players from the Cambodian Eagles (blue and yellow kit) and the Singapore Wombats vie for possession during their Aussie Rules football game
Players from the Cambodian Eagles (blue and yellow kit) and the Singapore Wombats vie for possession during their Aussie Rules football game on Saturday. JUSTIN HADGKISS

Eagles swamp Wombats

Cambodian Eagles hit the right buttons in their first home game of the Aussie Rules footy season, beating visiting Singapore Wombats 12.7 (79) to 4.5 (29) at the Navy Grounds on Saturday.

The Eagles were dominant from the start, kicking the first four goals before the Wombats managed to get onto the scoreboard. Though the visitors lifted themselves up in the second quarter, they ran out of legs in the second session of play.

“I was really happy with our effort. We put together some great passages play, moved the ball well and ran out the four quarters,” Eagles coach Grant Fitzgerald told the Post. “We improved a lot from our loss to Vietnam Swans earlier in the year. It is great to see some of the new players developing really well.”

“Dancing” David Murphy was easily the best on ground for the Eagles, kicking seven goals without moving from the goal-square. Solid support for him came from American convert and first gamer “Wild” Will Fletcher and young recruit “Baby Face” Clements.

“Juicy” Jules Brewster was solid in the ruck all day and Tristan “Souvlaki” Patralakis was very effective across the half forward line.

The Eagles will take on Jakarta Bintangs at home in three weeks time, marking the annual ANZAC Day.

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