League Match Report Rd 5 vs Glenelg
Eagles 18.11 (119) def Glenelg 7.7 (49)
Best Players: J. Allmond, L. McGregor, J. Petrenko, J. Boyd, P. Stewart, J. Sinor
Goal Kickers: M. Wundke 4, L. McGregor 4, J. Johansen 3, J. Allmond 2, J. Petrenko, N. Hayes, S. Rowland, J. Hayes, M. Goldsworthy
After a strong start to the 2017 season this game was a real test against a very dangerous side. On a day we celebrated Matthew Goldsworthy’s fantastic achievement of 150 quality games for the Eagles it was important we produced a good game so Matt would always remember this day.
The game started well kicking 3 goals in the first 8 minutes. The players had a real thirst for the contest and this was giving us first look at the ball. The defence held up well winning the majority of 1 on 1’s and the forwards were making the most of their opportunities which allowed us to have a 5 goal lead at the first break.
The second quarter was much tighter and unfortunately we were in-accurate kicking 2-5. The tackle count was 21-3 for the term which highlights the hunger the players had for the contest getting to half time with a 34 point lead.
The third quarter was disappointing as we started to over use the handball and wasn’t as direct as we would have liked but to Glenelg’s credit they smashed us in contested ball by 8. The positive was we still were able to win the quarter by 11 points.
The last quarter focus was to get back winning the contested ball and be more direct. This eventuated winning the contest by 6 and winning the term by 25 points, finally running out victors by 70 points.
To have 9 goal scorers again is pleasing as the load is being shared. The players were very good on the inside fighting for that 50/50 ball but we also showed some really nice, clean, fast movement to score 119 points.
With that game out of the way we now move onto two massive games, first at Alberton then a 6 day break into Norwood at Norwood the following Friday night. These challenges are brilliant and I know the players are really up for it. Port gave us a real touch up down there last year and they are playing some really good football. I know both clubs will be keen for the contest and all we need now is a big crowd to give the game the justice it deserves.