Reserves Match Report Round 9

Eagles 4.8 (32) def by South Adelaide 14.13 (97)
Best Players: J. Summerton, J. Heinjus, J. Lee, J. Hoyle, W. McPherson, L. Wood
Goal Kickers: T. Whittlesea 2, I. Moller 2

We looked forward to Round 9 with some optimism that the boys would bounce back from a disappointing hit out the week before, after starting the game well & leading the game to half time our intensity & willingness to take the game in the second half fell away & the result mirrored last week with a 65 point loss.

At quarter time the Reserves were leading the game 3.3 to 1.3 & while there was a tendency to over use the ball by hand at times the willingness to take the game on & create resulted in more opportunities to score.

By midway through the second quarter the run & carry was starting to ease & the boys found themselves over using the ball with both foot & hand (+20 possessions) becoming stagnant at times with ball movement while maintaining the quarter margin 12 points 4.5 to 2.5 to be in front at half time.

The third quarter saw the trend of over handball continue, it wasn’t so much over handballing that was the issue but we were handballing to get out of trouble or to a flat footed player instead of creating which in the end puts everyone under unnecessary pressure at times, the opposition took advantage of better ball use kicking 7 unanswered goals in the third & leading at three quarter time 4.5 to 9.9.

The final quarter followed the third & the boys found themselves on the wrong side of the ledger when a team is up & confident as the opposition were. The opposition extended the margin by 31 points in the final with the scoreboard reading 4.8 to 14.13 at the end of the game.

The development of our players coming through the system is really positive with another debutant from the under 18s on the weekend, the new players to the Reserves need also to develop the Eagles Way of playing footy with each other, understanding what works & doesn’t work in respect to their team mates & backing the system & game style they have been brought into.

This week`s bye comes at a good time for the boys to regroup, recovery & restore some confidence with each other & come out the following week knowing by preparing well you`ll play well.

Enjoy the Bye.

Brian Haraida
Senior Assistant Coach

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