Narrogin will soon officially have a gridiron team of its own with interest in the Narrogin Eagles taking off ahead of the club’s open day next month. The vision for a gridiron club in Narrogin came from long-time fan and player Daniel Crossley. You cannot doubt his commitment. Mr Crossley previously played with the Westside Steelers in Perth — and after moving to Narrogin last year, he kept playing, making the journey to training and games three times a week. “When I moved up here, I was playing for a team still in Perth and it was just training and trying to get to games was a bit of a struggle,” he said. “It was a struggle but I love the game that much so it was worth it.” After months of toil and travel, Mr Crossley decided that Narrogin might enjoy a team of its own and started work building the fledgling club. He began by talking to the local governing body, Gridiron West, to see whether his vision was feasible. “I got in contact with a few of the people from Gridiron West and I said, ‘I want to start up a team’,” Mr Crossley said. “And they were all for it because they’re trying to bring it to rural communities anyway, so I was like ‘yeah, cool, let’s jump on board’.” Then just last month, his plans to use Thomas Hogg Oval as the club’s home ground were given support by the Shire of Narrogin. It is still early days, but Mr Crossley has the numbers to set up a senior men’s team for 2022 with hopes of a junior team and women’s team. “I’m trying to get interviews at the high school to start a juniors and then possibly even a women’s team if I can get enough females,” he said. “It’s unlikely I’ll make it this season, however the league and all the other teams are keen for a few exhibition games ... and then we’ll go full swing next season.” The open day is happening at Narrogin YMCA on August 8. For details, visit the Narrogin Eagles Gridiron Facebook page.