Round 11- Reserves vs West Adelaide
Eagles 8.5 (53) def by West Adelaide 13.11 (89)
Goal Kickers: J. Miller 2, J. Gaffney, J. Cook, J. Heinjus, C. McLeod, D. Minney, T. Schmusch
Best Players: J. Weidemann, J. Gaffney, J. Cook, L. Wood, N. Moore, H. Hawkins
On Saturday we played host to West Adelaide who along with our team, were the inform team in the reserves competition. I felt we were up for the challenge and the first quarter showed some really good signs by the team as we were hungry around the contest and were able to defend well against a strong breeze to go in down by 7 points.
West Adelaide really looked to throw as many numbers around the contest and suffocate our use of the footy throughout the second quarter which then lead to an undisciplined display by the team and we were hurt on the scoreboard with 3 goals from free kicks.
The third quarter saw us struggle to get our hands on the ball enough to get it into our forward line and put the west Adelaide defence under some pressure. Our contested ball numbers were right down and that has been a solid indicator for us throughout the year and will be a strong emphasis into our next game.
The pleasing part was we were able to win the last quarter as we changed the side around and gave some guys opportunities in positions that they would not usually play.
We have another tough game this week but the expectation of the group is that we get our basic football fundamentals right as this is an important part to the team executing to the best of their abilities. I expect that training on Wednesday night will be sharp with a lot of intensity from the group.