The Collie Eagles broke their 2022 duck on Saturday afternoon at the Collie Recreation Ground, after holding off a fast-finishing Carey Park 8.5 (53) to 6.9 (45). Despite their 0-12 record heading into the game, the Eagles had played plenty of good football, despite fortune not aiding them at times on the scoreboard. You could almost see a glint in the eye of every Eagles player when they ran out on to the ground, as a large dumping of rain overnight made the Collie Recreation Ground turf extremely difficult to play on. Away sides often find securing a win up the hill a tough proposition at the best of times, yet alone in tough conditions — and yet again, the Eagles showed why. Playing on pure heart and emotion, coupled by the absence of several Panthers senior players, the Eagles took control of the game in the second term. This inspirational purple patch was capped off by Eagles veteran Adam Bignell, who kicked one of the goals of the year in the second term, after roosting a 65m torpedo punt from the centre square. Looking down the barrel of a frustrating defeat, Carey Park coach Brett Maguire urged his players at three-quarter-time to take the game on at all costs in a bid to swing momentum back into their favour. Although the Eagles were held scoreless and subjected to wave after wave of Panthers’ raids in the dying minutes, their desire to achieve team success ultimately served them well.