Reserves Match Report Round 13

Eagles 7.5 (47) def by Sturt 7.11 (53)
Best Players: D. Minney, J. Rowe, J. Summerton, C. Gaffney, J. Elsworthy, N. Moore
Goal Kickers:
N. Moore, C. Gaffney, I. Moller, J. Lukosius, D. Minney, A. Georgeson, C. Giles

After a disappointing hit out last week the Reserves took up the challenge of responding on Sunday, only to fall short by a goal late in the final quarter.

Kicking with the aid of a 3-4 goal breeze the boys set a (11) point lead at quarter time 3.1 to 1.2 through direct ball movement albeit times turn overs by hand & foot gave the opposition chances to go forward.

The second quarter was fairly much played in our defensive half which was reflective of the inside 50 count for the quarter (13) to (5) in favour of the opposition, with good inside pressure & solid defensive work by the backs the opposition were unable to capitalise kicking (1.6) compared to (1.1) from our (5) inside entries & at half time we went into the break with a (6) point lead 4.2 to 2.8

You could have been mistaken to assume that we may have been kicking into the breeze in the third & trying to save a game rather than win it as our midfield were defending slightly too deep & our forwards too far back, therefore lacking frontal pressure on the player with the ball, giving the opposition time to possess & control the game in their forward half (16 to 3 inside 50 entries) & at three quarter time Sturt took a (3) point lead 6.2 to 5.11

With the game in the balance & kicking into the breeze we set ourselves a challenge if we wanted to win & to the credit of the boys they took up the challenge controlling 85% of the quarters game time & after a couple of missed opportunities to convert & lead the game the opposition were able to kick a goal late in the quarter to take the game by (6) points 7.5 to 7.11

After the game the boys were disappointed to let a game slip after getting so close. In particular given that we felt we probably controlled the majority of the game time, but as we identified last week at this level it’s a must to put (4) complete quarters together if you want to succeed.

On the upside debutant James Rowe fitted in well to the team from the U18`s & having the return of the state U18 players provided some balance & energy around the ground, show casing a positive future at the Eagles football club.

The challenge this week for the young group will be the (6) day break between games, therefore how they go about their Recovery & Preparation will be key to the result.

Brian Haraida
Senior Assistant Coach

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