Round 15 – League vs Norwood
Eagles 10.3 (63) def by Norwood 13.19 (97)
Best Players: S. Lewis, N. Hayes, L. Mcgregor, P. Stewart, L. Thompson, J. Sinor
Goal Kickers: N. Hayes 3, C. Hall 2, S. Lewis, J. Firns, M. Wundke, E. Haylock, J. Boyd
Every game you are involved in there are positives and negatives. The positives from Saturday’s game was we got some much needed game time into Petrenko and Wundke as they have missed a lot of footy, and our less experienced players were given key roles against a quality side and this will be beneficial to them and the club in the future. The negatives were easy to see. By the reaction of the opposition this game meant a lot and unfortunately it didn’t seem to mean enough to us. Every week you must turn up regardless of what the game means as personal pride should always take over. On this occasion we were completely out played.
The game started with Norwood kicking with the aid of a good breeze and with the possibility of ordinary weather on the way we had to get off to a good start. This didn’t eventuate with Norwood controlling the quarter, and if it wasn’t for inaccurate kicking the score could have been much worse.
The middle quarters is where we lost it. In both of these quarters we fumbled and made poor decisions by hand and foot. Our lack of interest to take the game on was frustrating and just lead to more errors.
There we some better signs later in the game but to be honest the sting went out the game half way through the 3rd so we won’t pat ourselves on the back for that. In the end we had a disappointing 34 point loss.
All throughout this year the players have been fantastic and I am sure this will act as a good reminder that if you take the foot off by 1% football isn’t much fun. So with that said we will study hard about our good and bad points over the last month and make sure we have a clear plan going forward over the remaining 3 games. Some players will get some well-earned rest and some will put the foot down to make sure in a months’ time we have a happy, healthy and hungry full list in readiness for a big post season.