Eagles end 31-game slide

Elijah Reid was among five under-18 footballers to feature in the Eagles’ breakthrough win.

Western Eagles co-coach Craig Hardingham says the club has quickly turned its attention to a new goal after ending its 31-game losing streak.

The Eagles held off Otway Districts in a one-point thriller at Irrewillipe, 10.6 (66) to 9.13 (67).

The Demons trailed for most of the day before hitting the front in the final term, but a crucial goal from Luke Henry gave the Eagles back the lead and they held on to win.

It was the Eagles’ second win in 88 games, and first since the opening round last year, which ended the longest losing streak in Colac district league history; 55 games.

Hardingham said the win was a good reward for his team, but the Eagles were quick to turn their attention to getting off the bottom of the ladder.

The Eagles face ninth-placed Irrewarra-Beeac in two weeks, and could leapfrog the two-win Bombers with a victory due to superior percentage.

“It was really good to sing the song after the game, a bit of reward for all the loyal supporters who have stuck by us for a long time,” Hardingham said.

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