Round 15 – Reserves vs Norwood
Eagles 10.11(71) def Norwood 9.8 (62)
Best Players: J. Lukosius, J. Heinjus, J. Elsworthy, T. Schmusch, J. Weidemann, J. Comitogianni
Goal Kickers: J. Lukosius 4, I. Moller 2, J. Comitogianni, C. Gaffney, H. Jolly, C. Giles
After a number of half games & patchy moments in the Reserves this week the boys clicked & put four quarters together to enjoy a nine point win
Right from the opening bounce it was clear that the boys were switched on & up for the challenge, kicking into a stiff northerly breeze we were able to put the opposition under pressure forcing rushed kicks & forward ball movement & at quarter time the score was 0.3 to 2.5.
The second quarter was again an even contest between the two sides & the windy conditions were proving to be challenging to convert accurately, with the boys kicking 2.5 from 7 shots on goal & at half time went in with a 2 point lead 2.8 to 2.6.
The third quarter saw some of the best football played by the Reserves for the year, when Norwood got out to a two goal lead early, the boys took the game up another notch possessing the ball & linking up with handball. The quality of ball movement at times meant Norwood were unable to hold up the attacking play & with 6 shots on goal, we went in at three quarter time with a 9 point lead 6.10 to 5.7
As expected Norwood came out throwing everything into it in the final quarter kicking a couple of early goals, as with the third it was during this stage of the game that the boys produced some of their best football by remaining composed, well structured & executing their skills, kicking the next 4 goals to get out to a 20 point lead. Norwood hit back with a late charge from the 20 minute mark, kicking 2 goals to draw back to 8 points but this was one game the boys had worked too hard in to let go & again they regained control of ball & the game to win by 9 points at the final siren.
Round 15 result comes from continuous game time in players allowing players to learn from & with each other about how they play while adapting to the rise in standard of competition & to the credit of all the players their improvement over a short time shows their eagerness to improve & play at the next level.
The challenge for boys now is to prepare well & back it up against South away after the bye.
Senior Assistant Coach