Round 16 Reserves Report

On Saturday we travelled to Pembroke Park to take on Sorell and considering the weather of late, the ground was a bit soft but in a decent condition. The Sorell side was depleted from the side we had met in last years Grand Final but we were still motivated to play some good footy on the Eagles home ground.

At the end of the match we were victors by 103 points, which was a pleasing result considering the blustery wind that continually pushed the ball over to the road side and the fact that we continually kicked the ball out onto that wing when we should have been using the corridor or the other wing. Another aspect that is pleasing for us coming into the business end of the season is that we still have a number of players to come back into the side which will defiantly strengthen the side to take on the better teams.

Up forward Trent Proud did a great job of straightening us up and continually lead into the right spot on the ground to receive his team mates kicks. Brodie Phillips was again elusive when in the forward line kicking five and Mark Rutherford kicked three and unselfishly gave a few off. Other players to play well were on-baller Matt Triffett who must have received half a dozen free kicks and a huge amount of possessions.

The two big men in Ricky Batt and Josh McWilliams were also good, both having a huge work rate through the ruck and Mitch Leale was as elusive as ever.

A pleasing fact for a coach is the number of player that have played in the reserves and who have made the transition to senior football and have performed well. This week we play at home against an improving Central Hawks unit that will always give us hard fought game.

Kaine Menzie

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