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Gungahlin Eagles fairy-tale run continues into preliminary final

5 August 2018 8:51 AM
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But they were let off with a warning and now Eagles coach Dan Atkins and his men daring to dream of a historic premiership.

"I can't remember the last time the club won a grand final in first grade but in round nine we were last and round 17 we were fourth," Atkins said.

"It would be a phenomenal effort for us to make the grand final let alone win it, if we do it'll be one of those years that go down in history.

"There are fairytales out there that do happen and I just hope we can be one of them."

Atkins said the mid-season turnaround came from within the playing group and emphasised the job wasn't finished yet.

"We just focused on ourselves a lot more and tried to put aside distractions like penalties and things missed by the referee," Atkins said.

"We focused on our football and let everything else manage itself, discipline being a big one but also playing with more pride.

"Tuggeranong are a good team, they're well-coached and have a lot of good players but we'll just play within our own systems, that's what got us here.

"They're a good side and it's a big club but we’ll be up for the fight."

The Eagles were running into the wind but raced out to a 19-0 lead against the Owls, thanks to first-half tries from Jamie Kotz, Ray Dobson and Luke Duffy.

Eagles No. 8 Rutikha Ilolahia scored the killer-blow after the break but when Eli Sinoto was binned in the 68th minute, the comeback was on.

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Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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