Round 2 – League v Central
Eagles 13.12 (90) def Central 8.15 (63)
Goal Kickers: J. Hayes 4, J. Johansen 3, E. Haylock 2, M. Borholm, N. Hayes, L. Sharrad, J. Gaffney
Best Players: J. Hayes, L. Sharrad, M. Goldsworthy, J. Boyd, A. Poole, J. Gaffney
After a long week on the track and in the meeting room it was pleasing to see the group start to adopt some of the things we have trained for over the summer. As I mentioned last week as a group we were disappointed in the way we played against West but Sunday’s game was a step in the right direction.
Conditions at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval were challenging for both teams as we don’t normally play in that heat. The first quarter started with both sides having a real crack and the game was being played at a high level. Kicking into the breeze the players did well to win the quarter by 10 points.
Kicking with the breeze in the second the boys started to win the ball around the contest which was giving our forwards a good look at 1 on 1’s, and they delivered. We ended the quarter kicking 6-3 and took a 47 point lead to the main break.
The third saw Centrals fight back hard as they consistently won the 50/50 ball to give them ascendancy and win the quarter by 15 points. We were disappointed with our efforts in this term but credit to Centrals who simply out worked and out hunted us.
By now the sting had really gone out of the game with both sides struggling to maintain skill and speed as the heat took its toll on everyone. The quarter was played out with not much to report as the game slowed and errors took over. Normally this would really annoy to not finish strong but I can tell you both Centrals and our boys gave everything they had with the Eagles finally running out winners by 27 points.
In summary I was very happy with our efforts both with the ball and without it but we have a long way to go. We are still not acting on instinct and until then we will review, train and work hard to improve our standard of play.
This week poses a huge challenge, not only to recover in time but also taking on an in form team on their home deck. We accept the challenge and can’t wait to get out there on Saturday and have real go.