Down but not out: Embattled Eagles eyeing finals miracle
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Eidsvold Eagles' late withdrawal from last week's double-header clash with Mundubbera typified the off-field dramas the luckless club has faced in 2018.
Despite voting in favour of the double-header format before the season, Eidsvold president Noel Thompson no longer believes it's a good idea and said the extra travel was not fair on the players.
After finishing work late in the orchards, the Eagles' sizeable Tongan contingent were unable to make it to Biggenden in time for the scheduled 4.30pm kick off and were forced to forfeit the game.
Club officials said it was part and parcel of running a club that has just eight local players at their disposal.
Eidsvold will play their remaining three matches of the season at home and are confident of avoiding a repeat of last weekend's embarrassment on their run to the finals.
"It has been a pretty tough season,” Thompson said.
"It's difficult for us to train when 10 of our players live in Mundubbera without a car.
"We might have had two full training runs all year.
"You can't win games - let alone a competition - if you can't get together and train.”
Yet to register a win this year, the Eagles face a tough assignment on Saturday when they host the in-form Gayndah Gladiators.
The nature of a four-team competition means that Eidsvold will automatically qualify for the semi-final, regardless of results.
From there, anything is possible.
"We've got some good players so it's not a stretch to see us knocking off Biggenden in the first week of finals,” Thompson said.
"The Gayndah boys are well-drilled, they train very hard and it reflects in their performances on the field.
"But we can hold our own.”