Baldies hit Bali
THE Whitsunday Bald Eagles have returned from the Bali Masters 9s Australian Football Tournament and changed lives along the way.
The tournament, now in its 11th year, was set up as a fundraiser to help victims of the 2002 Bali bombings.
It is the third year the Bald Eagles have been involved and according to club president Jack Lumby, it was "by far" their most successful trip.
"Our highlight was beating the home team, the Bali Geckos, by 10 points on their home turf," he said.
"It was a game played to the final siren and the true grit of the Baldies was tested. We were one of the older teams playing in this over-35 category, with most of us on the wrong side of 50."
Twenty-two teams from across the world took part but the tournament was mostly made up of Aussies.
As part of the Whitsunday Bald Eagles' tour to Bali, they also visited and donated gifts to the Yayasan Pembinaan Anak Cacat orphanage in Denpasar, a home for children with disabilities.