Round 5 – League vs North Adelaide
Eagles 13.4 (82) def by North Adelaide 14.7 (91)
Goal Kickers: J. Hayes 3, E. Haylock 2, J. Von Bertouch 2, M. Borholm 2, C. Hall, N. Hayes, J. Redden, J. Johansen
Best Players: A. Poole, J. Hayes, E. Haylock, J. Johansen, J. Von Bertouch, P. Giuffreda
Unfortunately after a beautiful day at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval we weren’t able to play well enough to take the win. Some days for whatever reason there seems to be a slight edge off and Sunday we weren’t up for the battle early enough or for long enough.
North are a fast starting team and they did that again. As a group we knew this and I believe we defended too hard without trying to take the game on and score ourselves. In a game as tight as this 2 early goals is all it took to get the win.
The second quarter we started to see some change in the way we played but we fumbled and weren’t convincing with our movement. At half time we were 7 points down.
We addressed some of our deficiencies and the 3rd quarter was much improved having 8 scoring shots and looking like our old self. After a lack lustre first half somehow we got to the final break all tied up.
The last quarter was much like the first half, lots of errors creating easy turn overs for the opposition. Even though we had our chances late we didn’t deserve this win and that’s the way it turned out, eventually losing by 9 points.
The positives are plenty. All areas of the ground we went away from our core systems and our ability to half contests was poor, so with a push of the reset button I am sure we can get back to better football quickly. We are obviously disappointed, losing at home is one thing but playing a brand of football we weren’t proud of is another but with this game only being round 5 it gives us plenty of good talking points and lots to work on.
With this week being our last game before the bye, we want to make sure all the things we did incorrectly on Sunday have been identified and adjusted. Structurally is one thing but our effort wasn’t good enough so our focus will be our all-round efforts and work ethic so we can play a brand of footy we can be proud of.