Ararat Eagles footballers have bounced back the negativity surrounding the club, with player numbers increasing on Saturday.
In a tough week off the field, with many questions being asked of the club surrounding the commitment of players, the Eagles managed to field two full sides against Glenthompson-Dunkeld in round 14.
Despite a 286 point loss in the reserves and a 230 point loss in the senior football, president Nats McRoberts said there was positive signs around the club.
"The past week has been busy, it has been overwhelming," he said.
"On Saturday we managed to put two football sides on the park with only two players having to double up.
"I would like to thank the boys who came to assist us in doing so."
The increased numbers comes after the Eagles were belted by Great Western on Saturday, 79.41 (515) to 1.0 (6) in the Mininera and District league round 12 match.
12 players were forced to double up games to be able to field teams against the Lions.
Ararat Eagles have struggled with player numbers and volunteers since almost going into recession, three weeks out from the start of the 2019 season.
Mr McRoberts said it was fantastic to see some more volunteers jumping on board on Saturday.
"Every week our volunteers do an amazing job so the club can function, but like every club we still need more to lighten the load," he said.
"With potentially hosting finals we'll need everybody be prepared to get their hands dirty for the day.
"We all fall under the banner of the Ararat Eagles Football Netball Club. If we look after the club then it will be here for ever and a day."
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