All tied up for Eagles men as they head into a July break

With a July school holiday break approaching, the Eagles left nothing to chance as both men's sides played out competitive draws in Orange.

FIRST GRADE

The Eagles came extremely close to getting a scalp from the league-leading Barnstoneworth United in what was described as a "very competitive match" with neither side able to take the game by the scruff of the neck, the contest ending in a 1-1 draw.

While United were dangerous early, it was Cowra who made the most of their chances, with their ball movement along the flanks eventually allowing Bevan Foxall to put one to the back of the net, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead at half time.

A sluggish start to the second half however, would prove to be the bane of Cowra's day, with United's control and pressure eventually creating an equaliser.

From there, the game went to another level, with the want to win converting into heightened on-field intensity, but neither team managed to score.

The tension eventually boiled over with a challenge from a United player leading to a melee as a player from both sides was sent off by the referee.

Nevertheless, despite the drama, the Eagles held on for a gritty draw, Lucas Hayes and Mitch Thompson performing strongly to be among the team's best.

SECOND GRADE

Steady improvement has continued to set the template for the second grade men's side as the Eagles played out a gutsy 3-3 draw against the Waratah Wanderers on the weekend.

This weekend's result came in less than ideal circumstances, with no on-field reserves due to a combination of players' having other commitments and/or illness, leaving the club thin on the ground for numbers.

In spite of that, the Eagles have grown in stature since their move to the C Grade/Over 35s competition, beginning to take points from teams in the top four of the competition, and would consider a themselves a genuine threat to take out honours at the season's pointy end.

Due to personnel, the players' have developed an increasing amount of flexibility, with Tristian O'Reilly, traditionally a goalkeeper, scoring in the last two matches, while players like Ryan Hattenfels and Nathan Taylor have been described by coach Chris Baratto as "raising the bar" for others in the group.

Nevertheless, despite goals to O'Reilly, Taylor and Ethan Grey this weekend, the travelling Eagles couldn't quite get the job done, the Wanderers tdrawing level in the games final moments.

Ethan Willis and Daniel Ringstad were among the best for the Eagles in the draw.

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