Reserves Match Report Rd 2

Happy Easter to you all, I trust you enjoyed the break.

Round 2 saw the challenge of the new look reserves backing up from round one’s success.

With a solid week on the track & only 1 change to the line-up that played against Centrals the side was reasonably settled & set to go.

The opening quarter was played at a quick pace & both sides kicked accurately in front of goal with the Eagles leading at quarter time by six points, 4.0 to 3.0.

Early signs of the game pattern already emerging by quarter time with over use of the ball.

By half time the trend continued with the Eagles +37 on possessions & +11 on inside 50 entries but trailing on the score board by 12 points 4.1 to 6.1.

The third quarter was an even contest with each side kicking 2 goals and West extending their lead by 2 points by the 3rd quarter break 6.3 to 8.5.

Final quarter saw West kick away with the match scoring 3.1 goals to 1.2 to eventually run out winners 7.5 to 11.6.

At the end of the game we finished with 30 plus more possessions & 20 plus more inside 50`s than the opposition.

The clear difference between the two matches played so far has been our ball use & decision making in particular when going forward. Our kick to hand ball ratio was not consistent with the game plan & our set up & ball movement was also not consistent with the overall game plan, areas to work on this week on the track.

The new players to senior football did not respond to well to the games frontal pressure & on the rebound found themselves chasing rather than being chased throughout the whole day, which makes for a long day.

The challenge for the group this week will be how they prepare for the ANZAC Day game.

After the Easter weekend, preparation is key as routines will change with the 10 day break between rounds.

Brian Haraida
Assistant Coach

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