League Match Report Round 8
Eagles 15.7 (97) def North Adelaide 12.14 (86)
Best Players: J. Sinor, N. Hayes, S. Rowland, J. Johansen, M. Goldsworthy, S. Lewis
Goal Kickers: M. Wundke 3, N. Hayes 3, E. Haylock 2, J. Johansen 2, J. Hayes, M. Goldsworthy, J. Comitogianni, M. Borholm, J. Sinor
After a poor performance last week it was nice to get the points Saturday. The way we did it wasn’t the way we want to play and has left us with plenty to work on.
The game started with us being very unconvincing, losing the contested ball by a massive 11 and giving away 11 free kicks including 5 x 25 metre penalties which cost us 3.1. We want to be strong at the contest but that was undisciplined and we are lucky in the end it didn’t hurt us. North outplayed us and went to the break with a handy 26 point lead.
When faced with these situations you have to gain control of the game and patiently work your way back into it. The players did this well and got the game back on even terms and we went to half time 12 points behind.
The third quarter was by far our best. We started to win the ball around the scrimmages which was giving our forward line first look at it which in turn allowed our backs to set up better. There was some really nice movement and we ended up winning the quarter by 29 points which overall gave us a 17 point lead.
The start of the last was solid, continuing on from the third as we pushed the lead out to 23 points. This is when we lost our way again. North to their credit came back hard kicking 5 goals to our 1 in the next 15 minutes, ultimately getting the lead back in time on. To the players credit they did not panic and played out a controlled red time period, with Wundkes and Haylock finishing the good work to finally run out winners by 11 points.
Days like this give you plenty to reflect on. Our good was excellent but our bad was undisciplined and erratic. Throughout a season you will go through a range of positives and negatives, the important thing is you continue to learn. When you are faced with these situations you need to compose yourself, focus back on the job and take control. Games won in this way are critical in the development of any team, also from a win/loss perspective they help a lot later in the year.
We now move onto South. South have had a couple of tough weeks against very good opponents and I am sure are keen to get back in the winner’s circle. For us we go to the bye after this so it’s critical we finish the first half of the season well with a fully committed, disciplined team effort at home.