CHICAGO, IL – The Eagles continued their winning streak last Saturday with a comprehensive 35-point win against the Swans.
The teams were complete strangers to one another, as it was the first time the two sides had met since … well, no one on the field could remember.
The Eagles jumped out of the blocks early, dominating play in the first quarter, but unable to convert – wayward kicking resulting in a quarter time score of 3. 7. 25 to Chicago’s 2. 1. 13.
Chicago is a reputable team in the USAFL, qualifying regularly for Division 2 at the USAFL National Tournament, and a fierce side at home.
That came out in the second quarter, with the Swans applying more pressure on the Eagles, resulting in a log-jam where neither side scored a goal leading into half time.
Tensions rose in the premiership quarter, with a scuffle in the Swans forward line resulting in a yellow card for Eagle Michael Gilbart, and an exchange of heated words between the two squads at three quarter time.
The Eagles were, however, able recompose and impose their brand of football in the final quarter, running away victors by 35 points.
It is the sixth win on the trot for Baltimore-Washington, bolstering their claim for a spot in Division I at the National Tournament in October in San Diego.
Australian Mark “Macca” McGill was given BOG in his debut game for the Eagles, with 2 goals, including a snap from the boundary line late in the final term.
EAGLES GOAL SCORERS
Mark McGill – 2
Ryan Raybould – 2
Paul La Shier – 1
Brent Bates – 1
Dean Vigus – 1
Jared Kirkwood – 1
Baltimore-Washington – 8.14. 62
Chicago – 3. 9. 27
DC will host its first and only day of USAFL football this year on September 9 with the Boston Demons and North Carolina Tigers descending on the nation’s capital.
The Eagles defeated Boston at the Regional Tournament in Raleigh in June, while its second division team went down to the Tigers at the same event.
A women’s game will also be held.
Details of the game can be found here.