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Eagles Reps Win Shield!

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Congrats to Ben Fisher, Tom Peter, Rowan Fisher, Ben Webb and Oliver Fileden who were part of the winning North West reps side at the Hunter invitational Shield! The lads played a cracking four games, to finish the tournament undefeated. Well done Eagles! Reps-Winners2

Girls Footy Kicks Off This Week!

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Girls AFLGirl Power!

Calling all girls!!!  If you are a 9-12 year old girl, it's time to play AFL! For the first time ever we are offering an all girls competition in the North-West Region. Whether you have a sister, cousin, bff or daughter - it's time to have fun playing footy!!! 

Who:                          Anyone! Daughters, sisters, cousins, friends.

When:                        Round 3,  3rd May,  10 -11am,  Mike Kenny oval.

Cost:               First 4 sessions free, and if you love it, $50 for the season!

What:                         A brief skills session then an internal modified rules game with all the other girls from the region

Bonus:                       Free Sausage sizzle for any participant - plus a free t-shirt and footy!!! 

We desperately need your support to make this work – simple turn up and enjoy! Let's show the boys how GIRLS ROCK FOOTY!!! 

Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and lets see some Eagle Girl Power!

An Open Letter To The Eagles Family

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Dear Everyone at the Eagles

You know what? I love this club.

I love seeing kids playing footy. I love how it makes them happy when they learn a skill. I love it when they figure out how to kick better, and when that kid up the back surprises you with a tackle, or a handpass or sells a bit of foot candy to kick a goal.

I love seeing a kid come over from soccer to play AFL and having the time of their lives using their arms for the first time. Or coming from rugby and being able to run in any direction they like! Amazing!

I love seeing our best players go on and succeed at the academy or rep sides, and I love watching our battlers keep going every week, and getting better at the game. I love watching them after the game line up for a sausage, and  the look on their faces when you say no to another bag of lollies.

Or yes sometimes even.

I love that the club has some really great people keeping it afloat – people I consider my good friends. You all see our amazing coaches and managers every weekend, but I’ve also been on the committee for a few years now, and we have done an amazing and award - winning job of making our club the most awesome in Sydney.

Maybe because it’s all run so smoothly for so many years, we’ve kept it hidden of how much work it takes.

We are now down to an all time low for numbers for our 2015 committee, and we're barely scraping through. Which is why that same bunch of tired faces are the ones running the barbie, or handing out jerseys or finding new sponsors or sending the emails or contacting the newspapers or putting up the goal posts.

We’re all busy. Life with kids is busy. But anytime I tap someone on the shoulder to ask someone to take on a job, their faces light up, and they’re happy to help.

Is it we’re all just a great bunch of parents just waiting to be asked?

Please don’t wait anymore. We are asking urgently now at the Eagles, because we really, really need your help. We need more people on the committee, so the people on it now aren’t covering three jobs each.  You don’t have to know  anything about AFL – I sure didn’t. You don’t need to give up your life – we need a few people that can give a few hours. Maybe you have some skills to offer - Maybe we can teach you - I don't know - but I do know we need help. 

Whether you’re in the 15s and seen it all over the years, or a first time Auskicker who’s never been involved in a club before – we need your help. On game day, and even more so during the week, we need your help. It’s fun and rewarding, for all the things listed above.  And in the end with out all us parents doing our bit – we don’t have a club. Seriously – can’t say it any clearer – The Eagles need your help.

To those of you already on the committee, or coaching, or volunteering - we thank you. For those on the sidelines - If any of this rings half true for you, please don’t think about it later. Email us now, and let us put you to work, helping keep the Eagles the best Junior AFL club in Sydney. The Eagles need your help.  

Thanks - we look forward to having you on board.

Cheers -and go the Eagles

Sean

 Webmaster / Coach / Events Committee / Trivial / Social Media Manager / Communications / Assistant Registrar / Committee member / Barbecue King / SportingPulse Wrangler / All round nice guy just ask me

 

  

MEET THE SWANS - THURSDAY MARCH 26

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MeetSwansTHIS THURSDAY NIGHT – MEET THE SWASNSSS!!! BRING A FRIEND!!!!

The Sydney Swans (well two or three of them anyway) will be at Rofe Park THIS THURSDAY NIGHT  from 5pm!!!

That mean training this week starts from 5, and we will be joined by the Swans taking us through some awesome drills and skills. From there we will have a Q+A and from there autographs, sausage sizzle and more footy  fun.

IT’S ALSO BRING A FRIEND NIGHT. Please bring a mate you want to show how awesome Footy is. Not only might you have them play side by side , but you could get a spotters prize as well!

AND AUSKICKERS – WE WANT YOU TOO! We know your season starts April 19 – but we’ll have a super session for all of you on Thursday night.

This is a great fun night to show our whole community how great AFL is, and what an amazing club we are. See you there!!!!

2014 Eagles Reps - Mighty and Proud

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This year has seen our largest Eagles rep squads. Congrats to all of our players, and coaches across all age groups for representing our club for the 2014 season. 

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U 13 - Jacob Leavy, Oliver Browne, Thomas Drum - Peter Drum (coach) and Mark Leavy (assistant coach) 

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U14 - Jeremy Browne, Hailey Vogrig 

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U17s - Oliver Stofka, Anthony Woodward, Colin McFadden

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Eagles Ump - Tom Smith

 

 

Play Like A Pro!

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4tobeatYou don't become a mega - champion overnight. The AFL have released a terrific set of videos on the basic skills of our game. Check out these awesome vids, and soon you'll be carving it up like this young Eagle beating 4 magpies!

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Anzac Day 2014 - Lest We Forget

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anzacphilThe ANZAC Story

The ANZAC story began at dawn on April 25th 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. It was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in some 25,000 Australian casualties, including some 8,700 who were killed or died of wounds or disease.

In 1916, the first ANZAC anniversary of the landing was observed in Australia, New Zealand and England and by troops in Egypt. In 1927 April 25th became a public holiday for the first time and in ensuing decades, returned servicemen and women from World War Two and the conflicts in Korea, Malaya, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Gulf, East Timor and Afghanistan have joined the parades alongside peacekeepers from United Nations’ operations.

To my mind, ANZAC Day is about peace just as much as it is about war. It’s about the actions of young men on the battlefields of Turkey, France, PNG and the Middle East; crews on the Australian warships and Merchant Navy and the airmen in the sky. They didn’t seek to wage wars of aggression. It’s about their attempts to restore peace and all too often their sacrifice for this cause.

It’s also about stories of service, caring, and compassion; of the men and women behind the battlefields. People of peace – doctors, nurses and other personnel - who worked hard to carry out their duties, often in appalling conditions. One excellent example of this aspect is the story of Matron Grace Wilson and her staff at Lemnos, tending to the wounded from Gallipoli.

It’s also about people whose formal role explicitly signals a desire for peace. Since the creation of the United Nations in 1945, Australia has sent 30,000 young men and women overseas on peacekeeping missions. They’ve been sent to places like Indonesia, Kashmir, Somalia, Rwanda and East Timor to help restore peace and to rebuild shattered communities. Tragically, 14 Australians have died during these operations. With the soldiers on these missions are often Policemen, nurses and logistics crews.

Finally, the ANZAC story is about mateship, the uniquely Australian term for the act of looking after you close friends. CEW Bean, the Official War Historian from Gallipoli, made a great deal of this spirit when he wrote about the actions of the Australian soldiers before they attacked places like Lone Pine and The Nek at Gallipoli in 1915.

Pride in the ANZACs

To explain the ANZAC occasion, I cannot do better than to quote the speech made by the then Prime Minister at the Australian War Memorial on 11 November 1993 when he formally unveiled the tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

It is a legend not of sweeping military victories so much as triumphs against the odds, of courage and ingenuity in adversity. It is a legend of free and independent spirits whose discipline derived less from military formalities and customs than from the bonds of mateship and the demands of necessity. It is a democratic tradition, the tradition in which Australians have gone to war ever since.

We have gained a legend: a story of bravery and sacrifice and, with it, a deeper faith in ourselves and our democracy, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be Australian.

Commemorating on ANZAC Day

On April 25th, ANZAC Day, every year thousands of Australians pause and reflect on the service of Australian men and women in our Armed Forces and in particular, the 102,000 men and women who have died in war.

They attend dawn services across the country, or line the streets to watch servicemen and women march by. This is part remembrance of the dead and wounded, but also partly a celebration of their service.

Something that is usually read to the audience is Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ which was written in 1914:

For The Fallen

By Laurence Binyon.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.

 

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.

 

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;

They fell with their faces to the foe.

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

ANZAC Day and The Eagles

As a footy club, the Hornsby Berowra Eagles attend every dawn service at Hornsby RSL and lay a wreath to formally acknowledge the service and sacrifice of men and women from the Hornsby District.

Why not come along and join us?

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