Round 12 Match Report – League
Eagles 11.19 (85) def West Adelaide 5.10 (40)
Best Players: C. Hall, N. Hayes, J. Hayes, J. Lee, S. Lewis, S. Rowland
Goal Kickers: N. Hayes 3, J. Hayes 2, C. Hall 2, J. Johansen, J. West, J. Westbrook, E. Haylock
Congratulations to those dedicated Eagles fans who came out to support the lads in what was looking like a miserable day. Thankfully the rain stayed away for you and the boys had a solid win. As the game started it was evident it wasn’t going to be a game for the highlights reel. Both sides were off with the simple skills, even though the wind was very tricky we should have been better than that.
Kicking with a strong breeze the players had West on the back foot from the start. Controlling the middle of the ground and playing the game predominately in our forward half. Ending the term with 19-3 inside 50’s but unfortunately only kicking 2-8. Giving us an 8 point lead.
The wind was tricky going against it, but we still had 13-8 inside 50’s and once again kicking 4-6 was disappointing. This gave us a 31 point half time margin, which as you can see should have been a lot more if we executed in front of goal the way we would have liked kicking 6-14 to West 3-1.
The second half was a bit frustrating to watch but the players stuck to the task to take away a solid 45 point win.
West possessed to ball a lot throughout the day and that gave us plenty of opportunities to practice different forms of winning the ball back. The players and coaches have learnt a lot from the weekend, as we do from every game, so even though the game wasn’t that exciting we always learn something and that’s important.
Now we move onto a home game vs Sturt. They are in good form and it will be good for our group to have the opportunity to really step up. With the amount of senior players unavailable at the moment it’s a great opportunity for our newer players to test themselves against arguably the form team of the competition, which we are all very excited about.