Round 11 League Match Report
Eagles 12.13 (85) def Port Adelaide 8.10 (58)
Best Players: N. Hayes, J. Johansen, S. Lewis, J. Hayes, J. Sinor, J. West
Goal Kickers: N. Hayes 4, J. West 2, J. Johansen 2, M. Goldsworthy 2, J. Gaffney, C. Hall
Saturday’s game was a real reflection of the growth that our less experienced players have made so far this season. To see the level of performance coming from this group is fantastic as it really displays the hard work they have put in. These players need leadership and that has fallen to our more experienced group. They are less is numbers this season but their output is consistent and strong which is giving us a nice balance, so far this season.
The first quarter was a very tight contest with both sides creating chances but neither side being able to capitalise. The game wasn’t a quick one but it was tough and very competitive.
The second term was similar with Port getting the upper hand on the scoreboard. We were getting our hands on the footy with +23 possessions, +3 inside 50’s but then only scoring 1-4 to eventually have a half time deficit of 10 points.
The players were very confident at half time and knew what they had to do. When the ball was bounced in the third they really put the hammer down scoring 5 goals in the first 10 minutes to break the game open. From there the players played a nice remainder of the quarter, getting to the last break with a handy 28 point lead.
The final term was like the first half, very tight and a good contest. I did feel we had enough of the ball to draw away but in the end Port were able to win the quarter by a point which gave us a strong 27 point victory.
This was a strong performance by the group and a great reward for their commitment, but we do need to move on quickly. We take on West Adelaide this Saturday in a very important game. Westies form has hit full stride and as a group we must recover, prepare and make sure we are at 100% come game day.
On a sad note I am sure by now you would have heard about Angus Rowntree requiring another (3rd) knee reconstruction. This is a terrible blow for Angus and one that is sure to test him. One thing we know is Angus is a very tough individual and I am sure with the support of the entire Eagles Family he will get through strongly.