Round 11 – Under 18’s Match Report

Eagles 12.7 (79) def Central 10.15 (75)
Best Players: C. Schwarz, J. Miller, K. Pudney, T. Hoyle, B. Goold, T. Friend
Goal Kickers: J. Simpson 4, T. Friend 2, D. Passaniti 2, T. Hoyle, T. Francis, W. Schultz, G. Armfield

The under 18’s had a hard fought 4 point win against Central Districts on Friday night at My Money House Oval.  It was a tight match all night although Centrals did dominate the second quarter but luckily for us they didn’t kick their goals and we were 8 points down at half time. Our third quarter was easily our best quarter for the night as we kicked the first 4 goals to get out to a 14 point lead late in the third quarter before 2 Centrals goals in the last 2 minutes of the quarter reduced the lead to 2 points at three quarter time. So it was set for a tough last quarter and both sides gave plenty with us having the early play but not converting and Centrals surging late in the quarter to draw within 4 points when the siren sounded to end the game.

It was a solid team effort and Chris Schwarz, Jarrod Miller and Sam McKay led a strong defence that was under pressure for the night with Centrals having 56 inside 50’s, Kai Pudney, Todd Hoyle and Jordan McKinnon were creative and courageous in their midfield roles, Ben Goold was very productive on his wing and Joe Simpson (4 goals) and Tyson Friend (2 goals) were very good up forward.

It was also good to give another 2 players their first games of under 18 footy and both Daniel Passaniti and Patrick Hillard did very well, with both returning to football from serious injuries sustained earlier in the year.

This week we play West Adelaide at Richmond Oval on Saturday night after the Senior game and we play for the Jake Watson Shield, an annual event where the two clubs honour the life of Jake Watson who tragically died playing for Westies in an Under 19’s match between the 2 clubs in 2002.  It is an important reminder for all of us of the spirit of sport and the value we place on the opportunity to play our great game.

Shane Reardon
Under 18’s Coach

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