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Mick Murtagh, Jay James, Shane Bartlett, Carl Caridi, Rob Davis, Peter Sprattling, Jack Lumby represented the Whitsunday Bald Eagles at the National Masters AFL Carnival in Canberra last month.
Mick Murtagh, Jay James, Shane Bartlett, Carl Caridi, Rob Davis, Peter Sprattling, Jack Lumby represented the Whitsunday Bald Eagles at the National Masters AFL Carnival in Canberra last month.

AUSSIE RULES

WHITSUNDAY Bald Eagles once again made their presence known at the National Masters AFL Carnival in Canberra last month.

With seven members making the three nominated Queensland age group teams, the Bald Eagles were the most represented club in the state which is a remarkable effort for the region.

Of the three Queensland teams that ventured south, the Bald Eagles were victorious in the 45 and over age group.

Carl Caridi was the Bald Eagles representative in the 45 and over age group and when last seen was still wearing his premiership medallion.

The local players were not used to the cold weather and particularly on the second day of play when it was only seven degrees, torrential rain and the wind was blowing at 60km/hr off the snow fields to make conditions almost unbearable for the men.

Bald Eagles president Jack Lumby said perhaps the team went so well as they had to keep running to stay warm on the field.

The Bald Eagles are already looking forward to next year's National Masters carnival to be held in the much warmer Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.

Lumby said he was expecting another strong local contingent to represent the Whitsundays at the carnival.

But for now the Bald Eagles are focused on their 2011 season with training scheduled to start in January before their first game in Cairns in March next year.

The Bald Eagles own carnival will be held on South Molle Island next Easter.


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