Round 3 – Reserves vs Port Adelaide

Eagles 11.13 (79) def Port Adelaide 5.8 (38)
Goal Kickers: J. Weidemann 3, J. Rowe 3, L. Smith, L. Sheppard, N. Moore, S. Lewis, H. Hawkins
Best Players: S. Lewis, J. Rowe, T. Schmusch, J. Comitogianni, K. Pudney, H. Hawkins

After some seriously tough conditions and 33 degrees the week before the boys rocked up to what was one of the more windier days you will see. With a swirler wind it wasn’t going to make for pretty football which pleased this coach as we needed to get our hands dirty at the contest, be aggressive when the opposition had the football and play a more direct brand of football.

We started the first quarter aggressively and controlled the ball in our half of the ground with our defenders setting up nicely behing the ball we had 8 scoring shots to 3 to take in a 15 point advantage at quarter time.

The second quarter saw Port congest the contest with more numbers around the footy and we were trying to bite off more than we could chew which meant for a struggle as we let them back in the game to only lead by 12 points.

The third quarter saw a very tough determined eagles outfit as we came out and hunted the ball and opposition to have 22 tackles for the quarter. The pleasing aspect for this quarter was I felt we started to be very direct for the first time this year and it showed with 7 scoring shots to 1.

The last quarter we continued on our very good direct footy from the third whilst ensuring defensively we stayed real compact and put a lot of pressure on the ball carrier to finish off the game with 5 goals for the quarter.

This week is a huge challenge for the boys and I hope we can continue to develop the way we prepare ourselves for senior footy because as a collective last week was by far the best preparation they have had and the scoreboard looked after them. Can’t wait to continue our aggressive football at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval on Sunday.

Vinnie Rugolo
Reserves Coach

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