Round 8 – Reserves vs South Adelaide
Eagles 12.13 (85) def South Adelaide 6.8 (44)
Goal Kickers: N. Moore 4, J. Petrenko 2, J. Cook 2, C. McLeod 2, J. Weidemann, S. Guilhaus
Best Players: J. Rowe, J. Comitogianni, S. Guilhaus, J. Heinjus, J. Cook, C. Gaffney
On Saturday we made the journey to a sunny Noarlunga oval which was a quite important game for us. It was really important for the group to stay focused and committed to one another after a solid performance the week before. Executing our defensive structure again was the main focus as it gives us plenty of opportunity and this was an area that we needed to clean up from the first few rounds.
The first half saw some terrific work from our smaller forward line to put immense pressure on South and give our forwards plenty of opportunity to score. The link of play from defence through to the forward line was a real highlight for mine this week as we were able to transition the football at speed and directly to scoring opportunities which saw us take a 32 point lead into half time.
The third quarter was much the same as the first half as we managed to score 4 goals to 1 for the quarter and give ourselves a handy lead into the final change. To Souths credit they came at us hard in the first 10 minutes of the last quarter and were able to score 3 goals extremely quickly. To our guys credit I thought they really answered back to take bake control of the game with some composure to finish off the game.
With the league team having a bye this weekend the reserves head to Elizabeth oval on Friday night in what will be a real test for the group as Central really dominated us earlier in the year. I know this group will be up for the test though and hope to see as many of our loyal fans there on Friday.