Eagles 16.18 (114) def Adelaide 10.6 (66)
Goal Kickers: N. Hayes 3, E. Haylock 3, J. Johansen 2, T. Gray, M. Goldsworthy, J. Boyd, J. Hayes, J. Westbrook, S. Guilhaus, J. Redden, L. Thompson
Best Players: J. Boyd, E. Haylock, S. Lewis, J. Redden, C. Hall, N. Hayes
Saturday’s game was a difficult one to assess. We played some good football early but we just couldn’t finish off our work. Obviously Adelaide are much depleted at the moment, but all you can do is play who the opponent is and we are happy to get another win.
I can’t remember a game where we came in at half time having 36 to 8 entries into our forward line. Our ratio of shots on goal was good, we just didn’t finish the work kicking 6-12 and 2 on the full to 2-1. It’s hard to summarise as we had so much of the play, all I can really say is the general endeavour was very good, we were simply poor in front of goals.
The second half was a different story. I felt we had control of the half we just waited to be challenged before we really committed to the contest. Clearly as a group we need to play to the line no matter the situation so this is something we need to discuss. Finally running out winners by 54 points.
We put that one behind us now and look forward to a really good challenge against a much improved West Adelaide. We played poorly against them in our Round 1 match and I am sure they are very keen to continue their form.
I would like to finish by thanking all the Eagles family that came out on Saturday to Maughan Theim Hyundai Oval. With the Crows game rarely pulling a crowd and with the added challenge of it being our only home TV game for the year it was great to see so many Eagles caps spread around the ground. The players, coaches and club really appreciate your continued support and look forward to putting in another solid performance this Saturday.