Under 18’s Grand Final vs Sturt

Eagles 7.7 (49) def by Sturt 13.14 (92)
Best Players: J. Rowe, S. McKay, C. Schwarz, J. Weidemann, C. Gaffney, I. Moller
Goal Kickers:
I. Moller 3, J. Cook, J. Rowe, T. Francis, M. Mead

Unfortunately the Under 18’s lost our Grand Final to Sturt on Sunday going down by 43 points. Sturt set up their win with a strong first half and second quarter in particular where they kicked accurately with 5 straight goals whilst we kicked 1 goal 4 points to go in at half time 30 points down. We attacked relentlessly in the third quarter going inside our forward 50 15 times whilst restricting Sturt to just 7 Inside 50’s, but we could only manage 2 goals and Sturt kicked 2 as well, so we were left with a tough assignment at three quarter time. The players kept having a go but ultimately Sturt were too good on the day and were deserved premiers.

James Rowe was a very good player and deserved the Allan Stewart Medal for best player on the ground.  He worked incredibly hard for his 35 possessions, 10 clearances and 11 inside 50’s. Our key defenders were under a lot of pressure and Chris Schwarz at Centre Half Back and Sam McKay at Full Back both battled valiantly, Isaac Moller did well up forward with his 10 marks and 3 goals and Jake Weidemann and Cooper Gaffney worked hard in our midfield.

So it was a disappointing last game of 2017,  but our year should be looked at through the lens of the whole 20 games we played and the development that has occurred through the course of the year. All the players should be very proud of the contribution they made and I am confident that a number of players will make the transition to senior football in the coming years.

As this is the last match report for the year, I just wanted to thank all the coaches and support staff who give so much of their time and energy to support the players to enable them to be the best they can be, they do a great job and we are very lucky to have those people involved in our club. Similarly, all the Senior Coaching staff, led by Mick Godden do a brilliant job of engaging and communicating with our players and myself, again we are very fortunate to have their commitment and genuine interest in our program and player development. I also want to thank Darren Hams for his unstinting support and work for all of us in the Under 18’s, he does a great job doing all the background work that is so necessary to make our whole program work effectively.  Finally, a thank you to all Eagles’ Members and Supporters, your support is very valued and is an important part of our efforts to ensure our club continues to achieve great things in the SANFL.

Shane Reardon
Under 18’s Coach

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