Eagles leave door ajar for grand return


Edgeworth celebrate on Sunday. Picture: SuppliedEdgeworth are not counting out having veteran striker Daniel McBreen on board if they make a fourth consecutive Northern NSW NPLgrand final.

McBreen will be overseas as assistant coach with the Guam national team during the NPL semi-finals. He returns the morning of grand final day and coach Damian Zane was not ruling out using the striker if they made the decider.

** Nothing was going to ruin a perfect day for Edgeworth on Sunday as they celebrated a fourth straight premiership with victory at home on Old Boys’ day.

Having the silverware there, though, would have been a nice touch.

The previous three years Northern NSW Football has had the premiership cup on hand in case the Eagles secured top spot.

Despite requests from the club leading into Sunday’s penultimate round against Lake Macquarie to have the cup ready, the Eagles were told it would be presented at the final-round away clash with Valentine.

RD 22: Saturday: Charlestown v Jets Youth, Lakes v Jaffas (2.30pm), Maitland v Broadmeadow, Hamilton v Weston (6pm). Sunday: Valentine v Edgeworth (2.30pm).

** Valentine coach Darren Sills was cursing his side’s luck after they collected the wooden spoon with a 3-2 loss to Adamstown last Saturday.

Thomas Motherway equalised for Phoenix in the 36thminute with a well-placed strike from a tight angle, but the youngster was writhing in pain from a dislocated right knee just 16 seconds after the restart following an innocuous fall.

The game was delayed for 36 minutes before an ambulance took Motherway to hospital. Rosebud restarted with a long ball from keeper Dominic Fox which was nodded on to the path of Thomas Carias-Cox, who converted the one-on-one chance.

Sills said Motherway appeared to have escaped serious ligament damage but would be in a full leg brace for two weeks.

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