Round 1 – League vs West Adelaide
Eagles 12.14 (84) def West 7.10 (52)
Goal Kickers: J. Lukosius 3, N. Hayes 2, E. Haylock 2, S. Rowland, T. Gray, P. Stewart, J. Redden, M. Borholm
Best Players: P. Stewart, J. Boyd, J. Johansen, J. Firns, L. Thompson, E. Haylock
After a long summer of training it’s always nice to get back into some competitive football and get our 2018 campaign underway.
Round 1 is always tricky as you don’t really know where the opposition are at and to be honest you’re not exactly sure where you’re at either.
The first quarter started and both sides were really having a go, but like most early games there were uncharacteristic mistakes and turn overs. We just got the better on the scoreboard but the game was tight to take a 6 point lead to the first change.
The second delivered some improved football to start, but the middle part of the quarter was very disappointing, we dropped our energy and our skills followed. The good thing was the players recognised this on field and our last 10 mins was very good going to the main break with an 18 point lead.
We spoke about the need to improve our basic skills and play a bit more of an aggressive style. The players executed well winning the quarter by 3 goals, which gave us a handy 3 quarter time lead.
The final quarter was frustrating having the bulk of the play and shots on goal, but were unable to finish off kicking 2-6 for the term and allowing some easy scores the other way. Finally running out winners by 34 points.
In summary it was a positive day with many players playing varied positions and we got our first chance to implement the many things we have adjusted over the summer. These adjustments will take time, but I could see the players trying hard to deliver and I am sure we will only get better from here. As I said at the start, round 1 is always tricky so the win is all that matters and with time and more match practice I am sure we get more consistent with our skills.
A wins a win as they say and now we move quickly on to Central. Central beat us well at home last year and they have started the season very well, so I have no doubt we will have to improve a lot this week in what promises to be a great contest back home at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval.