Round 4 – League v Glenelg
Eagles 18.12 (120) def Glenelg 8.11 (59)
Goal Kickers: J. Johansen 4, J. Hayes 3, J. Lukosius 3, T. Gray 2, N. Hayes 2, L. Thompson, L. Sharrad, E. Haylock, J. Redden
Best Players: P. Giuffreda, J. Lukosius, J. Rowe, N. Hayes, J. Hayes, C. Hall
We go from 30+ degrees, to wind and cold, then back to 30+ degrees, it’s definitely been an interesting few weeks. One thing that has been consistent is the player’s efforts and this week was no exception.
Whenever you coach against a new coach it takes a while to get a feel for what you may need to do as a team. The first quarter was tight, we just had the better of the conversion rate from our entries inside 50.
After giving up the first two goals in the second the lads steadied to finish off strongly to give us a handy 22 point lead at the main break.
The second half was very strong having 18 scoring shots to 9 to run out winners by 61 points. It was a great effort to keep the Bays to 59 points but it was equally pleasing to kick 120 points.
So far this season the players have looked very controlled on the field, they have a good handle on the system and while being challenged regularly they are having to adapt and adjust which they are doing well. The majority of the time the players are seeing what needs to be done and through strong leadership are making the necessary adjustments.
As I mentioned last week, the injury list is significant but with that always comes opportunity and the players that are getting that are doing a very good job along with the more established players stepping up when required. So with a number of players going to be available over the next month spots are going to get tight, which is great for the club.
This week we take on North who have had a good start to the year. They have had some good wins but like all games at this time of year we keep an eye on the opposition but really it’s about us and what we need to get right as the season progresses to make sure we are playing the brand of football we are working towards. So with the season starting well for the club it will be great to see as many of the Eagles Family down at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval on Sunday to watch what promises to be a good match.