Narrabri coach reckons he has a platform to build on

TODD Dunn reckons his Narrabri Eagles might take another month or so before they start to take shape.

That’s why he was so happy with the way they kept fighting against Tamworth Kangaroos in last Saturday’s  round two match at No 1 Oval.

They might have lost by a big score, beaten by 76 points,  24.18 162  to 13.8 86, but Dunn and his side kept flying to the end.

In fact, a wonderfully, athletic mark from Dunn enabled him to find big full forward Todd Fagan for him to kick the final goal of the game.

Fagan kicked five while Dunn booted three. 

Ruckman Thomas Craig also kicked a brace to highlight the fact the Eagles, who sat out a couple of seasons, have some talented players from which to build on.

Dunn is from Brisbane, an engineer.

“I love it – it’s  great to get out of the  city,”  Dunn said after last Saturday’s second-round loss.

“It’s great for the family too –  a good change of pace.

“And we do have plenty to work on.

“We’ve got 32 on the list. 

“The hardest part so far has been who do we leave out each week.”

Dunn did have six players unavailable last Saturday and expects them to be right this week for the home game against Gunnedah Bulldogs.

He also has a number of young schoolboys lining up, youngsters such as Dylan Segundo.

Segundo is a talented young cricketer who was plying rugby union until he stepped out for Dunn and the Eagles last Saturday.

One booming kick from the robust Segundo sent the Eagles from defence into attack for Dunn to kick a six-pointer.

“We’ve got about six schoolboys and  four of them were having their first game today,” Dunn said.

They can only improve.

 In other games tomorrow, the Tamworth Swans and Kangaroos have a local derby at No 1 Oval and reigning premiers, New England Nomads, head to Inverell to tackle the Saints in a grand final replay.

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