Round 11 Reserves Match Report
Eagles 4.9 (33) def by Port Adelaide 9.15 (69)
Best Players: J. Lee, N. Moore, R. Woods, E. Miller, D. Minney, J. Hoyle
Goal Kickers: I. Moller, M. Mead, J. Lee, J. Weidemann
As mentioned at Round 5, as a footballer you look forward to playing Port Adelaide any time during the season, there`s just something about it that naturally brings out the competitive player in us all & while the final scoreboard result may not have gone our way, at the end of the game we felt a real sense of pride & belief from the teams performance on the weekend that we are able to match any team when we come to play & play the Eagles Way.
Right from the first bounce our commitment to win the ball, take the game on & take no backward step was evident & while the opposition possessed the ball more in the first quarter (+45 in disposals) they were unable to capitalise on the scoreboard due to the good defensive & set up work & at quarter time the score was 0.1 to 2.2
The contest continued in the same way in the second & at half time in some key indicators we were breaking even or in front, Hit out`s (10) to (12), Clearances (10) to (10) & +9 in tackles (31) to (21) to be trailing at half time by (19) points 2.1 to 4.8
“Must Start Well & Maintain” after half time was discussed between the group during the break & to the credit of the players they not only did this but took the game to another level outscoring the opposition 2.5 to 1.2 to be within (10) points at three quarter time 4.6 to 5.10
The boys were up and about at three quarter time for the final quarter, with the possibility of a win. Having been up & playing at a high intensity level for (3) quarters, during the final fatigue started to kick in & some missed opportunities occurred allowing Port to get loose & score, kicking 4.5 to 0.3 to eventually take the game 4.9 to 9.15
Statistically the game was fairly even however +23 inside 50`s for the opposition generally will have an effect on the result which was the case on the weekend. You couldn’t fault the endeavour or commitment shown from all that took to the field in an Eagles jumper & although we didn’t win the game there weren’t any passengers on the day.
With (2) further debutants from the U18`s (Nick Moore & Mitch Mead) & Jake Weidemann playing his first full Reserves game along with the Leadership shown from the core senior reserves players there is a real positive outlook for the Eagles football club at Reserves level for the remainder of the season & beyond.
We look forward to next week`s game against West Adelaide at Richmond to yet again test & see how far the group has come & how far they can go.
Senior Assistant Coach