South Melbourne Captain Michael Eagar continued his incredible winning run when he lifted the Dockerty Cup on Sunday, following his team’s resounding 3-0 victory over the Oakleigh Cannons.
Since arriving at Lakeside Stadium in January 2014, Eagar has enjoyed remarkable success, with Sunday’s triumph joining the 2014 NPL Victoria Championship and the 2015 FFV Community Shield as trophies that the skipper has lifted for South Melbourne.
Prior to his time at SMFC, Eagar won the old Victorian Premier League title with Northcote City in 2013 and also tasted Championship success with Redlands United in the Brisbane Premier League in 2012.
Speaking to SMFC TV after Sunday’s Dockerty Cup final, the 26 year old said he was delighted to have been a part of another winning title and praised the depth and durability of the squad as integral to the win.
“I’m over the moon, personally and for the boys, for the fans, it’s a great feeling to win a trophy for this great club,” Eagar said. “We had many great performers tonight. It was our third game in nine days, we’ve had to recover well and prepare well. CT has had to rotate a lot.”
“We haven’t just got a good eleven, we’ve got a really good seventeen or eighteen and everyone’s contributed. Especially across this Cup campaign, we’ve all had to dig deep. We had some fatigued bodies out there, a lot of guys with knocks but they all showed what they are prepared to do for this club.”
SMFC is currently third in the PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria competition and is five points behind League leaders Bentleigh Greens with four games to play until the 2015 NPL Victoria Finals Series. South also has a game in hand over the Greens and must win that game to keep up with the League leaders.
Eagar said that while it was important to celebrate the Dockerty Cup triumph, the players were already looking ahead to the rest of the season. “One of our objectives at the start of the season was to win the Dockerty Cup and now we can tick that off. That’s what we aim to do at this club, to win silverware. The group here, we strive for trophies, we don’t strive to come second or third.”
“We’ll certainly celebrate this and enjoy the moment, however we’re already looking forward to the upcoming challenges over the next few weeks.”