Match Report Round 3 – League
Eagles 9.8 (62) defeated Sturt 5.18 (48)
Best – A.Poole, J. Petrenko, P. Stewart, J. Sinor, S. Rowland, T. Whittlesea, S. Lewis
Goals- T. Whittlesea 3, M. Wundke 2, J.Johansen 1, N. Hayes 1, J. Allmond 1, A. Poole 1.
I would like to start by saying what a privilege it was to have the opportunity to play a game of Aussie Rules Football on such a special day in our countries calendar. To be able to play in front of 4000 people at a suburban ground, with 2 committed football sides in drizzling rain is exactly why our footy is so great and why we are so lucky to have such a strong competition with passionate and dedicated footballers and supporters.
This game was never going to be pretty in those conditions but it was set to be tough and it lived up to that. Early on the game was relatively open but neither side had the ascendancy, it was just a matter of who made less mistakes. We finally went into quarter time with a slight 2 point lead.
Some drizzle came and the ball started to get slippery so this quarter wasn’t free flowing, it was simply tough and hard with us going to the long break 6 points up.
The third quarter with the wind at their back Sturt had the best of the play. They didn’t capitalize on their forward movements but there does need to be credit given to our back 6 who made it difficult for them to score. This left only a 1 point margin at the last break which set up an exciting final term.
The final quarter was going to be a quarter you know was to deliver big moments. It lived up to those expectations with individual bits of brilliance followed by desperate acts of courage. Finally running out winners by 14 points.
We didn’t play at our best and Sturt were inaccurate but as mentioned the defence did very well to make the shots from difficult positions, plus we were able to rush many through. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you get the win you just have to get it. The players prepared very well and as always put in a huge amount of work to make sure match day they were at the top of their game. In what has been a strong start to our season we still haven’t hit the holy grail and that means moving on and getting ready for Adelaide. You never really know what your going to get against the Afl sides so all we can do is recover well and prepare for what will be another great game of footy.