Round 17 – League vs Adelaide
Eagles 10.8 (68) def Adelaide 8.9 (57)
Best Players: J. Petrenko, J. Boyd, S. Lewis, M. Wundke, J. Johansen, L. Thompson
Goal Kickers: M. Wundke 4, J. Petrenko 2, J. Johansen 2, N. Hayes, J. Boyd
Any day you come back from a 42 point deficit at the 5 minute mark of the 3rd quarter is a good day. Even though the result was what we wanted the 1st half can’t be missed in review, but we also must look forward and be happy the hard work everyone has put in over the last month started to show signs of working.
The game started ok for us, even though we were kicking with the aid of a good breeze we couldn’t hit the scoreboard enough. Adelaide possessed the ball a lot in our half but I thought our defensive actions were holding up ok. In this period we had 14-7 entries to only score 1-3 to Adelaide’s 1-3.
The second term Adelaide really took over, we not only struggled to get the ball, when we did we were indirect and unconvincing with Adelaide keeping us scoreless while kicking 5-5.
The start of the 3rd saw Adelaide push forward and kick 1-1 early but from then on the players really stepped up the fight. As the momentum started to shift you could see the players growing in confidence as they ran in numbers and were very committed at the contest. Unfortunately we had given Adelaide a big start so at the 3 quarter time break the margin was still 22 points.
To the players credit they just kept coming, showing some real resilience and then as the scoreboard started to tick over you could see the belief growing. The final term was played mainly in our forward half having 15-4 entries and scoring 6-3 to 1-0 to run out winners by 11 hard fought points.
On the back of the last 2 games it was important for the players to feel good again, and that second half has done that. All year we have focused heavily on an 18 game season and if we were good enough we will earn the right to playing in finals. So with the 18th game this weekend against a very hungry Centrals we will work very hard to continue the momentum we gained and have a real crack.
The final home game is always precious to me, as is the nature of football you never know as a player or a coach if it will be your last at home. So with this game taking on a bit more significance hopefully as many Eagles family can get out to Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval and cheer on the lads in what promises to be a very good game.