Round 12 Match Report – Under 18’s

Eagles 13.2 (80) def West Adelaide 11.6 (72)
Best Players: T. Hoyle, B. Goold, K. Pudney, L. Martin, I. Brill, T. Friend
Goal Kickers:
T. Francis 3, T. Friend 2, K. Pudney 2, L. Firns 2, J. Pedler, T. Hoyle, S. Michael, G. Armfield

The under 18s had a good close fought win on Saturday night against West Adelaide. Our first quarter with the breeze was good and we were leading by 22 points at quarter time.  Westies hit back in the second to take a 4 point lead into half time.  They also started the third quarter strongly to get out to an 18 point lead before we literally kicked some last minute goals to go to ¾ time in front by just the 7 points.  It was promising to be a great last quarter and both sides gave their all with the Eagles able to hang on for a 8 point win.  We had a good contribution from a number of players across the night with our centreman Todd Hoyle displaying some excellent footy skills to be our best, with Ben Goold continuing his run of good form on the wing, Kai Pudney being a very effective mid fielder, Liam Martin playing well on his wing and at half back, Isaac Brill very good in defence and Tyson Friend being  a very hard competitor for the contested ball in our forward line and kicking 2 goals.

As I mentioned last week, we played for the Jake Watson Shield and there was a very poignant presentation ceremony after the game, reminding us all of the really important things in our lives. Both sides did credit to the spirit of the game.

Also this week we were very fortunate to have Nason Dare, a lad from the APY Lands play with us and it was great to see him with a big smile on his face in the middle of the circle as we sang the club song.

On to this week now and we play a big game against Sturt at Footy Park this Saturday afternoon at 2.10pm.

Shane Reardon
Under 18’s Coach

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