Wet conditions prove difficult for U14s
WET conditions greeted the side at Cathedral College in Wangaratta on Saturday.
The side was asked for a four-quarter effort this week against a tough opposition in the Wang Centrals.
The side came out very aggressive for the contest and it was a great first term.
Unfortunately, the forwards were not able to capitalise on the midfield’s dominance for the quarter and at the break they lead 1-3-9 to 1-1-7.
Dec Callahan, Jake Berry and Charlie Christopher were providing great drive through the midfield and it was a great start to the day.
The second term the side still had great numbers in tackles but they just lacked slightly in the hunt for the ball in numbers.
Centrals started to get drive off the backline but the midfield battle was still an even contest, easy exits from the forward 50 was putting pressure on the backline and they stood up well but were unable to continually put up with such easy forward entries from Centrals.
The half saw t he Eagles down by a goal which was not too bad at the main break, but with ruckman Billy Revell out of the game through injury, it was going to be a big effort in the second half.
The main break saw Centrals lead 3-3-21 to 2-3 15.
Billy Dunstan was braining them on the wing while Gus Van der Hayden was asked to push into the ruck and battle it out against arguably the best ruckman in the competition.
The third quarter the side was asked to lift its work rate to get back on top in the contest.
Some stern words from Rob Buchanan and fill-in assistant Jamie Butterworth got the side revved up to attack during the second half.
Livewires Cody George and Nate Buchanan were both pushed forward to give the forward line some much needed spark and it was a vital move as the contest was back on.
The boys kicked two goals to one for the term and at the last break they lead by two points.
The last quarter was a great contest but unfortunately for the Eagles it just didn’t go their way, too many dropped marks and scoring opportunities that were not taken and the side went down by 15 points in the end, but there were many good signs from the lads this week which shows that our best is good enough against any opposition.
We are at the half way mark of the season and are sitting in third place.
Next week we have a big test against the undefeated Myrtleford.
This week the boys will be assessed and given feedback on their season to date and what they can work on improving for the rest of the year. RESULTS: Wang Centrals 7- 4- 46 d. Eagles 4-7-31
Goals: N.Buchanan, C.George, L.Pentony and T.Stower 1.
Best: N.Buchanan, C.George, J.Berry, D.Callahan, C.Christopher & G.Van Der Hayden.