Eagles 11.5 (71) def by Sturt 11.7 (73)
Goal Scorers: Coff 3, Cook 2, Beecken, Haylock, Lee, Morgan, Morris, Pedler
Best Players: Nason, Comitogianni, Lee, Gaffney C, Miller E
Last time we played Sturt the game was a tight contest all day and we knew that we would need to be strong around the contest to give ourselves the best opportunity for victory.
Unlike many of our games this year we started the game off promisingly jumping out to 7 point quarter time lead due to some very clinical work when we had got the ball inside 50.
The second quarter was a real arm wrestle and went goal for goal with each team having moments throughout the quarter where they controlled the footy but no team able to break the back of the opposition as we went in with a 5 point lead at half time.
For 25 minutes of the third quarter we controlled the quarter stiffling Sturt’s ball movement by not giving them any clear play to take a 18 point lead. Unfortunately a couple of lapses of concentration in the last minute gifted Sturt an easy chance to get back to 12 points at 3 quarter time.
Going into the last quarter the boys had fought their hearts out being a rotation down from the first 5 minutes of the game and with one of the boys playing a role for the team in the entire second half with a broken hand. This took its toll on us in the last 10 minutes as Sturt finished full of run to take the win by 2 points.
This now puts us a game outside of the top 3 with 3 rounds to go and we will be working hard to ensure ourselves a double chance in the finals series.