Round 6 – Reserves vs Sturt
Eagles 12.9 (81) drew Sturt 12.9 (81)
Goal Kickers: J. Rowe 3, J. Lee 2, S. Guilhaus 2, J. Cook, N. Moore, L. Smith, J. Weidemann, C. Gaffney
Best Players: J. Lee, J. Rowe, J. Weidemann, J. West, S. Guilhaus, J. Heinjus
It was our 3rd Sunday game in a row and conditions were absolutely beautiful for football at Unley Oval. It was a game that I really wanted the side to focus on starting well and doing the little things to get themselves into the game.
The first 5 minutes of football was outstanding we kicked 4 goals to none and we were playing some really solid direct football. We were really effective around the clearances and we stuck to the structures well. We ended up kicking 7 goals for the quarter but were not able to stop a late one from sturt to make it a 5 goal deficit at qtr time.
The second quarter saw Sturt really come out to play and they controlled the ball around the stoppage as well as sweated off our turnovers up forward to spread us and get some free attacking movement and close the gap to 17 points.
The third saw a very brave football collision between 2 players from opposite teams and thankfully no one was seriously injured. After play stopping for 8 minutes it meant a shorter quarter to the scoring end on the day and we were able to once again transition back to that more direct play that held us in good shape in the 1st quarter to lead by 27 points at 3 quarter time.
The last quarter was a nail biting finish which ended in a kick after the siren to a Sturt player to win the game. It ended with a behind and a draw for the game. It left a empty feeling in the players and myself but we know that if we do not stick at it for the full 104 minutes we only have ourselves to blame.
This week is a week off with state game weekend which comes at a good time for the group to review where we are at and will allow us to work on our improvement areas for the next part of the year.