Learning from past mistakes

High Hopes: Ball control and experience will be vital for Eastern Eyre's chances at the 2019 Mortlock Shield carnival. Photo: File.
High Hopes: Ball control and experience will be vital for Eastern Eyre's chances at the 2019 Mortlock Shield carnival. Photo: File.

Eastern Eyre coach, Matt Vandeleur said the squad will go down to Port Lincoln with some confidence ahead of this years Mortlock Shield. The side had a mixed 2018 taking out a memorable three point win over Lincoln Districts and holding Great Flinders to a scoreless first quarter in their second match.

Sounds simple: Quick ball movement and accuracy are key.

Sounds simple: Quick ball movement and accuracy are key.

Vandeleur said the new six team format will make for very competitive games and will certainly even the carnival out. "We don't have too many injuries and players that are in good form," he said. "We play Mid West first up on the Saturday and we always have great battles with our neighbouring league".

Winning taste: Eastern Eyre coach, Matt Vandeleur, will be looking to reclaim the Mortlock Shield following their 2016 triumph. Photo: File.

Winning taste: Eastern Eyre coach, Matt Vandeleur, will be looking to reclaim the Mortlock Shield following their 2016 triumph. Photo: File.

Joel Fitzgerald will be captaining Eastern Eyre once again and Vandeleur said his experience, along with other returning players, will be vital come the long weekend. "He is a full forward who is in great form with 45 goals from 5 games coming into Mortlock," he said. "We have Rylie Maitland back from Central Districts this year and Jack Kenny along with Sid Masters back in the team after missing last year with injuries. All three will be key players for us with Jack and Rylie in the midfield and Sid a key target up forward".

Vandeleur said they will be hoping to replicate their 2016 Mortlock win. "That certainly gave the area a major boost and has kept the interest in association football very high with everyone striving to have more success".

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