League Match Report Rd 10 vs Glenelg
Eagles 12.9 (81) def Glenelg 9.7 (61)
Best Players: C. Hall, S. Lewis, L. Thompson, J. Boyd, J. Sinor, P. Stewart
Goal Kickers: C. Hall 3, N. Hayes 2, L. Mcgregor 2, J. Johansen 2, M. Borholm, J. Gaffney, M. Goldsworthy
Playing Glenelg at Glenelg is always a challenge. They play the ground very well and off the back of being 5 from 5 at home there is no doubt they would have a lot of confidence and it would be critical to get off to a good start. We didn’t exactly get off to a flyer, but the signs were good in the key areas we went into the game to influence most. After a late goal we went to the quarter time break with a slim 2 point lead.
The second quarter saw Glenelg have most of the footy, having 6 scoring shots from 10 entries which is not what we like to see. On the flip side we had 14 entries which is great, but only scored 2.2 which means we were not entering our 50 with predictability to ourselves. Glenelg went to the main break 5 points up.
The first 4 minutes of the third was terrible with Glenelg having 22 to 3 possessions, 3 inside 50’s to 0 and 2 goals to 0. This is disappointing to start like that but what came after this period was pleasing. From that point to the end of the game it was +20 possessions, +16 inside 50’s and 12 scoring shots to 5. Finally giving us a strong 20 point win.
The last few weeks have thrown up numerous and varied challenges as all seasons do. What I take out of this period is we are learning a lot about ourselves and are improving in areas we have been poor in, while still continuing to grow and add layers to our game.
This week’s game against Port throws up another challenge. We played our best game for the year last time we played them and I am sure they will be keen to make a mends. This makes for a tantalising contest and one we are very excited for. With the amount of player movements we have had lately it will no doubt be a different side on paper this time, but that doesn’t mean anything will change in the way we play, so please get down to Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval to cheer on the lads in what proves to be an exciting game.