Round 3 Match Report – Reserves

Eagles 10.11 (71) def Sturt 7.12 (54)
Best – A McPherson, L. Smith, A.Rowntree, E. Haylock, J. Summerton, I. Moller
Goals – L. Smith 3, E. Haylock 2, I. Moller 2, J.Wehr 1, D. Minney 1, A. Rowntree 1.


G`day Diggers & Cobbers

As summed up after round 2 the challenge for the young group was going to be attitude & how they approach their preparation for the ANZAC Day clash given the disruption to their regular match preparation routine as well as following an in depth game review during the week of the past performance & were proud to report the boys responded well with a 17 point win.

Right from the first bounce, the tone & game style typical of the Eagles football club was played, with quick ball movement, efficient ball use with 48 kicks to 22 handballs, efficient scoring from inside 50 entries & pressure, pressure, pressure in & around the ball & when the opposition had the ball, with the scoreboard 2.2 to 1.6 at quarter time

Half time saw the lead increase by 7 points 5.6 to 3.7 & although we were trailing on the hitouts (16-18) & noticeable   improvement in our structure & set ups at the stoppages around the ground, provided our on ballers first use of the ball ( +clearances 17-12) & when not in possession placing the opposition mid`s, backs & forwards under pressure.

This approach & discipline continued in the second half & the boys edged out to a 16 point lead by three quarter time 9.7 to 6.9.

With the opposition trailing at the final break & on their home deck their went all out attack, playing a high risk style of game play with players getting loose across ½ back & centre, resulting in 20 inside 50`s for the quarter.

The boys were not phased during this period of the game & remained mentally tough & tight during the challenge entering inside the forward 50 11 times for the quarter out-scoring the opposition 1.4 to 1.3 to run out winners 10.11 to 7.12

In comparison to round 2 were we finished with +20 more inside 50`s than the opposition & lost, this week we finished the game -10 inside 50`s than the opposition 38 to 48 & won.

Our ball use & overall pressure was far superior than on the last outing & this was mainly driven by the player`s attitude to improve & play the Eagles way.

The challenge for the lads is again backing up for round (4) in particular given there`s a bye this weekend & the next match day 13th May the reserves don’t play (Crows round)

Emphasis on recovery, conditioning & being mentally switched on are priorities while preparing as well as getting the balance right when away from the club


“Lest We Forget”


Brian Haraida
Senior Assistant Coach

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