Round 11 – League vs West Adelaide

Eagles 11.11 (77) def West Adelaide 8.8 (56)
Goal Kickers: N. Hayes 5, J. Johansen 2, M. Goldsworthy 2, T. Gray, J. Rowe
Best Players: N. Hayes, J. Boyd, P. Stewart, L. Sharrad, J. Redden, J. Hayes

First off, well done to everyone who braved those conditions on Saturday. When I do my video review and see people huddled under umbrellas in the rain and wind it is always a good reminder to how important it is we do the best we can every week so you can have a club to be proud of.

Clearly the wind was going to be a major factor in this game. Unfortunately we lost the toss and kicked into it. The players controlled a lot of the quarter but we didn’t move the ball fluently from back to forward and often having our forwards drawn up the field made it hard to find avenues to goal. We went to the break 14 points down which I felt was a reasonable result.

The second quarter is when it opened up for us. The players used the breeze well and kept the game being played in our forward half kicking 5-2 to 0-2.

We discussed at half time what we learnt from the first quarter and tried to change a few things. We did ok, losing the term by 8 points which did include a goal after the siren so for the most part it was a win.

By now the ground had chopped up and the wind was strong towards the scoreboard so it was always going to be hard for West to score against it. The final quarter was played mainly in our half having 15-5 inside 50’s and kicking 2-7 to 1-0 to finish the game with a 21 point win.

You can’t underestimate that win, the conditions were tough and on days like that anything can happen. And even though the win/loss isn’t in their favour, West have been in some good form pushing Sturt all day and then giving up a 27 point three quarter time lead against the competitions best at the moment in Norwood, so we are very happy with the victory.

Like all weeks it wasn’t perfect, but the lads did a good job in tough conditions. We now move on to the Bays down there before another bye. With the competition being so close every game is critical and the Bay is a tough place to play, so we just need to keep looking at what we are doing well and not so well, train hard, and make sure we are fired up for a strong showing on Saturday.

Michael Godden
Senior Coach

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