Round 8 – League vs South Adelaide
Eagles 9.10 (64) def by South Adelaide 7.8 (50)
Goal Kickers: J. Hayes 2, L. Sharrad 2, A. Poole, C. Hall, N. Hayes, M. Borholm, E. Haylock
Best Players: P. Stewart, A. Poole, J. Hayes, S. Lewis, C. Hall, J. Johansen
After what was a long and difficult week following our worst performance of the year, it was nice to see the lads respond, and even though it wasn’t pretty we will still take the win.
South started with some real energy which was to be expected after their big win the week before, so it was important the players just hung in there and that’s what they did. Quarter time; 2-3 to 2-5.
The second saw a very tight contest with us having plenty of the ball but unable to convert that into scoring opportunities. So after a very good South goal after the siren they took a 14 point half time lead.
There were no need for many adjustments, the players knew what to do and how to do it they just needed to stick at it. The 3rd was a very good quarter. Our energy was up, competitiveness was strong and our execution started to come back, kicking 6-3 to 1 point to take a handy 24 point 3 quarter time lead.
The last term was played mainly in our half but disappointingly we gave up 4 scoring shots from their 6 entries and we didn’t execute kicking 1-3 to make the final margin 14 points.
This was a very important game to keep in touch with the top teams, so we are happy with the win but we are not comfortable with our consistency and execution. It’s important to remember we aren’t even half way through the year yet and we are sitting nicely without playing anywhere near our best so with another bye we can take the time to study, practice and keep getting better in readiness for Adelaide.