Reserves Rd 6 – Match Report
Port Magpies 15.15 (105) def Eagles 3.3 (21)
Best Players: R. Woods, J. West, J. Westbrook, P. Giuffreda, A. Rowntree, E. Haylock
Goal Kickers: J. Wehr, A. Rowntree, J. Elsworthy
Port Adelaide at Alberton is always a game you look forward to as a player & the Reserves looked forward to this week`s challenge.
Right from the outset the match was played at a level above Reserves & you could not fault the endeavour to match the opposition in winning the contested ball with an equal hit-out count & (-2) possession count at quarter time however the opposition made the most of a (+6) inside 50 entries scoring 2.7 to 0.0 for the quarter.
By half time it felt like we were right in the game & if we were able to get more reward for our inside 50 entries (+2 for the quarter) the scoreboard may have been a closer at the break. As with the first quarter you couldn’t fault our effort at the contested ball or around the stoppages however finding a clear target up front was challenging & the opposition stretched their lead to (26) points 1.2 to 4.10
The third quarter saw the opposition start to get on top of the game extending the margin to (70) points 1.2 to 11.12 even so the boys remained strong in their efforts to achieve the objectives set out for the game matching the opposition at contested ball & sticking with our set ups & game plays.
The boys stuck to the task in final quarter refusing to let up & let the game blow out again matching the opposition in contested ball & pressure acts scoring 2.1 to 4.3 for the quarter.
While there is nothing pleasing about a (84) point loss, from the Coaching Teams perspective we were encourage by the way the younger Eagles players went about their business for the day, sticking to the game objectives to win the contested ball, maintain the zone & press & take the opposition & game on when the opportunity presents & for this the boys executed well.
Round5`s game was a good learning experience for the boys as the pace & skill level was up on a standard Reserves game & we got to see how far players have come & likely to go to in the future.
This week`s game against Norwood at the Parade in another game as a player you look forward to & given the short preparation time between games provides the added challenge of getting yourself right to go
See you all at the game.
Senior Assistant Coach