Eagles 14.10 (94) def Sturt 9.7 (61)
Goal Kickers: E. Haylock 4, J. Hayes 3, C. Hall 2, S. Rowland, M. Borholm, T. Gray, S. Lewis, J. Lukosius
Best Players: J. Hayes, L. Thompson, C. Hall, E. Haylock, J. Redden, A. Poole
I said in the last report our goal for the week was to display a brand of football all the Eagles Family can be proud of as the week before we let ourselves down. The players prepared well and for the majority of the day played a strong, disciplined and skillful brand.
After having the first goal scored against us at the 3 min mark the players really took control of the contest. From this time until the final break, the Inside 50 count was 44 to 22 and scoring shots were 20 to 6. Even though this shows a strong team effort there was a period in the 3rd when Sturt kicked 3 quick goals to pull within 18 points at the half way mark of the term. This is the period I am happiest with as the players paused, evaluated and acted by kicking 4-2 in the next 10 minutes to give us a 44 point three quarter time lead.
Whenever you have a team in that position every coach wants the group to dig deep and finish off. Unfortunately we didn’t do that. We got beaten around the stoppages and Sturt clearly controlled the quarter to reduce the final margin to 33 points. Even though the performance was excellent and we always learn from our good, we must still address our fade out.
We now go into the State game bye with a solid start to the season behind us. At times we have played exactly the way we want and other times we have gone back to bad habits. We have had a tough time with a long injury list throughout the club but we are now seeing a number of players becoming available, after the bye this list will be back to normal levels. I know many are keen to know about two of our key players in Joe Sinor and Jared Petrenko. At this stage we would expect them both to be back after the next bye, we may see them earlier but we really can’t be sure so that’s the best I can tell you. So with some excellent individual performances in the Reserves and some key senior players on the way back the group looks strong and deep.
Good luck to our State representatives in Jack Hayes, Jake Johansen and Luke Thompson. You have all had a great start to the season and deserve the privilege to represent your state.
To all the Eagles Family, thanks for your continued support and I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend. The players are preforming well for the club and I encourage if you have some mates that normally come to the footy and haven’t yet, please get them to sign up again and get down to Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval in two weeks to watch us take on Norwood. Every member counts.