Reserves Match Report Round 8

Eagles 8.5 (53) def by North Adelaide 15.14 (104)
Best Players: J. Elsworthy, J. Lee, J. West, C. Gaffney, J. Westbrook, W. McPherson
Goal Kickers:
I. Moller 2, E. Miller 2, J. West, M. Longbottom, X. Redden, J. Westbrook

As a player playing Reserves footy has its own challenges, none more so than consistency.

As Coaches we understand that player development, executing team structures & plays & pride in our performance go hand in hand with producing consistent players & while on the weekend the result may not have been what we strive to achieve, what we were able to achieve on the weekend was consistency in the areas just mentioned therefore making head way on developing consistent future league players.

The first quarter saw an even contest between the two sides & while the opposition were +60 in possessions the boys were +7 in Tackles, +7 in Hitouts & +6 in Clearances and with -1 Inside 50 entries were more efficient to be trailing 2.3 to 3.1 at quarter time.

Second quarter saw the opposition make the most of a +7 Inside 50 entries at get out to a (39) point lead by half time 3.3 to 9.6 but again in the areas of pressure (Tackles) & getting first use of the ball (Hitouts & Clearances) the boys were out preforming the opposition & ahead on.

Third quarter saw the pressure & winning first ball start to generate some good ball movement & hit the scoreboard outscoring the opposition (3) goals to (2) to trail by (35) at three quarter time 6.5 to 11.10

The boys did not let up in the applying pressure or winning first use of the ball in final quarter & finished the game +12 for Tackles, +17 in Hitouts & +8 for Clearances but the total of inside 50 entries for the opposition enabled them to kick a winning score 8.5 to 15.14

While the result may not have been the same as last week, you couldn’t fault the endeavour shown for the whole game or the fact that the game was played with the same consistency in set ups & pressure acts as the week before giving an insight that there may be genuine future league players to come from the Eagles underage system.

See you all at the game.

Brian Haraida
Senior Assisstant Coach

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