Round 6 – Under 18’s vs Sturt

Eagles 10.14 (74) def Sturt 7.3 (45)
Goal Kickers: J. Miller 3, L. McNeil 2, J. Mead, J. Morris, D. Passaniti, T. Friend, L. Firns
Best Players: J. Miller, L. Beecken, J. Mead, C. Smith, T. Burgoyne, L. McNeil

The Under 18’s had a good win on Sunday, beating Sturt by 29 points. With the college season starting this weekend, it gave us the opportunity to play some lads for the first time this year and we welcomed Patrick Hillard, Daniel Passaniti, Josh Morris and Bailey Nicholas for their first games of Under 18’s football.  Unfortunately for Patrick and Daniel their games ended early with injuries and we wish them speedy recoveries.

We played a very good team brand of football with everyone contributing either through getting hold of the ball or by putting pressure on the opposition.  Jarrod Miller was very productive either on the ball or up forward and showed a lot of character and leadership for the whole team. Luke Beecken and Trent Burgoyne were great examples of hard running wingmen and did some great things both offensively and defensively. Jackson Mead and Lachie McNeil were very good midfielders for us, and Caleb Smith led a defence that gave us a lot of run and drive as well as defending well.

With the bye week this week, we wish all of our players who will be playing in the State internal selection trial all the best – Kai Pudney, Martin Frederick and Jarrod Miller have been selected from our Under 18 year old group and they are joined from our Under 17s group, by Kozzy Pickett, Jackson Mead and Trent Burgoyne.

We will spend the fortnight preparing for our next match against Norwood at Cooper’s Stadium on Saturday 19 May which should be a good one.

Shane Reardon
Under 18’s Coach

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