Round 12 Match Report – Reserves

Eagles 4.9 (33) def by West Adelaide 12.10 (82)
Best Players: H. Jolly, D. Minney, W. McPherson, R. Woods, J. Cook, E. Miller
Goal Kickers:
I. Moller, D. Cardone, H. Raymond, J. Wehr

After some hard work & encouraging performances from the Reserves from the past 2 games it was disappointing that the boys weren’t able to come away with a win. There were signs again that there is the talent & a game plan to match any team in the competition however as always at this level it takes a four quarter effort to have a win.

There was a stiff breeze on the weekend worth 3-4 goals favouring the southern end & in the first quarter we were kicking into it, with good ball movement & an appetite to outwork the opposition we managed to outscore West 3.1 to 3.0 to take a (1) point lead at quarter time.

There was no lapse in work effort & commitment during the second while accuracy in front of goals became an issue (1.5) and we went in three points up at half time 4.6 to 4.3.

Statistically at half time the game was fairly even although we were +46 in possessions with a handball to kick ratio of (107, 93) so possibly over using the ball by hand, other good numbers were Clearances +6 despite -13 in Hitouts.

As with last week starting well after half time was a focus & for the first 5-7 minutes we were able to do this well & control the game by keeping possession & using the width of the oval, maintaining this become an issue & West were able to string goals together to get out to a (40) point lead by three quarter time 4.6 to 10.7

The Team was thrown around a bit at the break to provide some additional targets up forward but as with any game plan you need to get your hands on the ball first & move it quickly to take advantage & during the final we weren’t quite able to do this & opposition gained control of the game by possession (117 to 74) & marks (66 to 29) for the quarter, effectively stopping any last quarter charge taking the game 4.9 to 12.10 by the final siren.

As mentioned in the opening the result was disappointing in particular given the improvement over the past week`s but in perspective with the number of changes to the sides this year there will be inconsistency at times with results, This year more times than not the players have been consistent in their approach & effort, it`s just a matter of now executing the effort consistently over four quarters.

This week`s game against Sturt at home on Sunday provides the Reserves Team the opportunity to produce a four quarter team effort, from which they can get & enjoy some reward for their effort.

Brian Haraida
Senior Assistant Coach

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