Reserves Match Report Round 5 vs Glenelg

Eagles 14.10 (94) def Glenelg 8.5 (53)
Best Players: J. Lee, A. Rowntree, J. West, W. McPherson, J. Westbrook, J. Wehr
Goal Kickers: J. Lee 3, A. Georgeson 2, J. Wehr 2, D. Minney, E. Haylock, J. West, A. Rowntree


Hi All,

Happy Mother`s Day to all the Eagles Mum`s trust you had a great day & were well looked after.

It had been (19) days between games for the Reserves & the boys were keen to finally get back to a contest rather than track work, having said that their track work in the week`s leading up to Rd 4 was excellent and the final result reflected this with a (41) point win.

The first quarter typified a (19) day break with the boys slightly off with their skills & positioning around the ground with the opposition catching us out with cleaner ball movement & numbers at the contest, were we allowed them to slightly control the quarter setting up a (13) point lead by quarter time 2.1 to 4.2

The second quarter saw the boys start to get their hands on the footy first & cleaner possession in the middle & from there the team started to outwork the opposition, intercept & turn over the oppositions switch of play, generating more inside 50 entries & out-scoring the opposition (3) goals to (1) going into half time with a (3) point lead 5.5 to 5.2

As with the first half the third quarter was an even contest, both sides kicking (3) goals for the quarter & the Eagles edging the lead out to (5) points at three quarter time 8.8 to 8.3. What the score board was not showing was the growing confidence & control that the boys were starting to have around the ground, with a +7 in Hit-outs & +12 for inside 50 entries by (3) quarter time.

The last quarter saw the confidence & control start to take effect on the opposition. Opposition players were continually beaten in or at the contest turning the ball over, providing opportunity for the Eagles quicks to get space & use the ball well going forward. Out-scoring the opposition (6.2) to (2) points in the final quarter running out comfortable winners 14.10 to 8.5 at the final siren

As the lads experienced during the past (3) week`s the role of the Reserves is to not only develop them as League players but to set a match day standard for the League side to tune into & prepare for their game.

It was very pleasing to see the boys get engaged over this period, prepare well & work quarter by quarter to out-work & eventually over run the opposition.

Areas of improvement include our ball use as the Kick to Handball Ratio of 1:1 for the game is above our ideal target range, with the positives coming from our tackle count & scores from inside 50`s meeting target range.

This week`s game against quality opposition, away from home poses the same challenges, in particular out working the opposition for the whole day.

See you all at the game.

Brian Haraida
Senior Assistant Coach

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