Round 1 – Reserves vs West Adelaide
Eagles 8.6 (54) def by West Adelaide 8.10 (58)
Goal Kickers: C. McLeod 2, J. Cook, D. Minney, S. McKay, L. Sheppard, J. Weidemann, J. Comitogianni
Best Players: L. Martin, C. Gaffney, T. Schmusch, J. Rowe, X. Redden, J. West
After a tough preseason where the boys worked super hard to improve their knowledge of the game and the skill execution we were extremely excited and ready for the challenge that lay ahead of us.
We jumped out of the blocks brilliantly and with some crisp ball movement and tough relentless defence we had West Adelaide on the back foot at quarter time to lead by 19pts.
We continued on with some solid football in the second but West Adelaide were able to even up the contest and reign in our significant impact we had from our onballers around the contest.
The third quarter saw us gain plenty of football for the quarter but we were not able to execute our skills well enough and let West Adelaide have too much easy ball going forward to even up the contest to a 5 point game at 3 quarter time.
The last quarter saw us bounce out of the blocks to kick the first 2 goals of the quarter and really had West on the back foot. As the quarter grew on West were able to chip away at us and our skill execution hurt us with West Adelaide scoring from our turnovers to hit the lead by 4 points with 4 minutes to go. The last 4 minutes saw us dig deep and have an opportunity to win the game after the siren which was a great sign for a young group to never give in and fight it out to the end.
We look forward to getting back on our home turf at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval this Sunday and putting in a strong performance to start out the day on the right note.