Eagles 4.1.25 def Centrals 2.4.16
After Centrals dominated our Round 1 match we were eager to show our improvement heading into Round 4. Coming off of a win thanks in large part to contested possessions, we came in with more confidence in matching Centrals physicality around the contest.
Centrals controlled to footy early and were able to get some clean forward entries through power forward Katelyn Rosenzweig. Annie Falkenberg started strongly, winning possessions and keeping Nicola Biagi quiet up forward. Although the defence worked together well and were able to rebound the footy, Rosenzweig was able to snag a goal to give Centrals the early lead. Late in the quarter we were able goal through Jessica Sedunary to peg centrals back and head into the qtr break a point down.
The second quarter saw us use the footy better and start to hit targets forward of the footy. Shineah Goody and Tash Holmes generated some run through the midfield and Steph Walker was influential up forward booting the only major for the quarter. Kiley Green and Audrey Holt started to hit their strides at SANFL level, taking some strong mark down back to holt Centrals advances, taking us into half time 5 points ahead.
With such a close game the premiership quarter was always going to be important. Centrals came out firing, kicking a goal and taking the lead within the first minute. Zahn Anthony continued her strong form pushing into the mid and making an impact, whilst youngster Chloe Whiting-Charity was again strong around the ground, providing run and carry up forward and making an impact through the mid. Sophie Zuill found some of the footy on the wing and was integral in getting back and assisting in the back 50. The quarter was an arm wrestle but we were able to break through late and regain the lead from another Sedunary goal, this time on the run from the pocket.
The Eagles stood strong in the last and were able to hold off a strong Centrals side. Kiana Lee once again nailed the sealer, slotting in a set shot on the back of an important intercept mark from Jovanka Zecevic. Our rucks must also get a mention with Amie Blanden working hard all game, complemented well by first time ruck Lili Gambranis.
Each player was able to execute their role and play a part in what was a very important win for our football club.