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Eagles to build on positive start

Brent McGrath celebrates a goal in East Geelong’s Round 1 loss to Thomson. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BEN Boseley might not be in the business of “honourable losses”, but the first-year East Geelong coach was well pleased with his team’s performance against Thomson to open the GDFL season.

The Eagles pushed the 2019 grand finalist to seven points at Richmond Crescent – the closest they had been in eight consecutive losses to their neighbours dating back to Round 3, 2015.

“My first game in charge, a really different group, it’s going to take some time,” Boseley said.

“We’re encouraged, but certainly we’ve got to butter up and have another good performance this week.”

This week sees East travel out to 2019 elimination final conqueror Inverleigh.

The Eagles haven’t won on the Eagles’ home deck since 2012.

“We know we’ve got to work hard, we’ve got to keep being disciplined,” Boseley, who hopes to return from a knee injury for the clash, said.

“Inverleigh’s going to be a real challenge this week, but we look forward to it.

“Just like we did against Thomson, we’ll go through our edits, and we’ll do a few things and work on some structures from Round 1.

“We can’t wait to meet Inverleigh at Inverleigh this Saturday.

“We’re growing; we’re getting to know each other as a playing group, but if you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

As well as the inclusion of Boseley, fellow former Birregurra star Michael Bolitho, leadership group member Jacob Ngawati, and St Albans recruit Steve Smith are a chance to take on the Hawks.

“Those guys will hit the track and put their hand up, and we’ll see how we go,” Boseley.

“We’ve got a few to welcome back, which is exciting.

“But, at the same time, we’ve got a playing group who played against Thomson that is ready to butter up as well.

“We’ll see how everyone trains and see how everyone pulls up.”

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