Round 18 – Reserves vs Central
Eagles 5.9 (39) def by Central 16.7 (103)
Best Players: E. Haylock, J. Lukosius, L. Martin, J. Westbrook, W. McPherson, C. Gaffney
Goal Kickers: J. Lukosius 2, A. Georgeson, E. Haylock, M. Borholm
It`s been a long season for the Reserves & the win loss ratio does not reflect on the gains made during the season both individually & collectively as a team nor does the 64 point loss on the weekend.
The first quarter was an even contest between the two sides, however Centrals made the most from our turn overs through the middle of the ground going inside 50 +9 for the quarter to take a 6 point lead at the break 1.3 to 2.3.
By half time we had possessed the ball more than the opposition +25 & +38 marks but with only 14 inside 50 entries is a good indicator that we were not going forward enough with our ball movement but rather side to side & as a result trailed by 28 points 3.6 to 8.4.
The pattern of play continued during the second half of the game were we possessed the ball more than the opposition but were unable to go forward with the same conviction as the past week`s games. This allowed Centrals to lock the ball in their forward half for majority of the game & at the final siren with a +17 inside 50 entries take the game by 64 points.
As stated in the opening comments individually & collectively as a team the Reserves have made considerable gains for the season, at times it can be easy to lose sight of the fundamental role of the Reserves team which is to essentially support & developed future league players & this year has seen a considerable number of debutant players both at League & Reserves levels come through the system & with another good solid preseason under those players belts, provides positive optimism that the Eagles Football Club will remain a strong force in 2018
We now look forward to the second part of the season “Finals Football”.
Senior Assistant Coach