Round 12 – Under 18’s v Norwood

Eagles 10.15 (75) def Norwood 3.1 (19)
Goal Kickers: J. Miller 2, B. Arriola 2, L. McCauley, J. Bruce, L. McNeil, T. Francis, H. Schoenberg, C. McLeod
Best Players: H. Schoenberg, J. Miller, C. Smith, S. McNeilly, R. Bruce, S. Michael

The Under 18’s had a very good win against Norwood on Saturday, winning by 56 points.  The match was played in pretty tough windy and sometimes wet conditions at Coopers Stadium and we fought really hard with only our goal kicking letting us down a bit, kicking 6 goals 8 points from set shots – this was a significant issue in the 3rd and 4th quarters where we kicked 2 goals 7 points and 1 goal 5 points respectively. Our team defence was excellent all day and the players attack on the ball was very good. We did make a few changes at selection this week and we were pleased to select Jesse Bruce for his first game with us and he did some nice things on debut.

We had many good players and Harry Schoenberg was clean and strong in our midfield and he was ably supported by Jarrod Miller on return from the Reserves. Caleb Smith was very brave and gave us a lot of drive off his wing, Shaun McNeilly was a very good defender as was Ryan Bruce, and Sam Michael’s 35 hitouts certainly advantaged our midfield.

Congratulations to Jack Lukosious, Marty Frederick and Kai Pudney on their performances for the McDonalds’ SA Under 18 Team who won the AFL National Championships. All of them made good contributions throughout the four games and further congratulations to Jack who was selected as an All Australian, one of six for South Australia.  SA Coach Tony Bamford did a great job preparing the team and was also named All Australian Coach.

This week we turn our attention to another important game against North Adelaide from 9.30am on Saturday at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval.

Shane Reardon
Under 18’s Coach

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