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Post by blackandred on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:30 pm

This was a game Westies were never going to win, given their inexperienced side but when Beech snapped from 35m late in the last Q a goal would have put us in front with a real chance of victory. Sadly his kick failed to make the distance.

In a complete turnaround from last week we attacked the contest all night and put up a competitive but error-riddled effort. We dominated when kicking to the northern end with the assistance of a slight breeze but the Eagles had this advantage in the last Q and kicked 3.4 to run out 8pt winners in a tight and scrappy contest after scores were tied away at 3Q time. The margin between the teams was never more than 2 goals all night. Final score WWT 10.12 to WA 9.8

Strangely enough it was some of the less experienced players that stood up in a game of great defensive pressure. Middleton kicked 3 goals including a goal with his first kick in senior footy. Nelson played, arguably, his best game for the club in ruck, our new full back Tom Keough held the dangerous Wundke and Rory Milne was our best at CHB. Schmidt got plenty of touches, 33 including 11 clearances and Ezard was prominent early but we were generally let down by the more established players like Silverlock, Tuck, Hayes, Beech, Macreadie, and Fisher. Conditions were close to perfect with no dew but we fumbled, handed the ball to the opposition and displayed low skill levels pretty much all night. In fairness the Eagles gave it back to us as much as we gave it to them. Probably three quarters of the game was played in our back line and some of the young kids stood up well to the relentless pressure.

Fielke and Anderson came into the team and Homburg and Dijksman dropped out. Special mention must be made of Ryan Anderson who ran down an Eagles player in the goal square and saved a certain goal. He provided valuable run around the ground but Fielke and Macreadie looked well short of match fitness. Sadly Alex Scott looked to do a collarbone late in the game after some good work deep in defence. Not sure what happened to D Caire who started but didn't finish.

Nelson won 40 taps in a wonderful ruck effort. We had more kicks, handballs and dominated in the air but just coughed the ball up all night. The quality of our tackling has improved but went unrewarded by the umpires who somehow favoured the Eagles in such a tight contest 20 frees to 12.

Some allowance must be made considering the 2014 game plan is totally different to last years defensive strategy and it may take a few games to develop properly but next week is crucial as we canít afford to drop our first 3 games and expect to play finals footy.
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Post by westiesforever on Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:20 am

So close and a much better effort this week . I'm pretty sure I heard that Daniel Caire did a hammy and Travis Tuck played the majority of the game with an ac joint injury . Definitely had more than enough injuries so far Sad
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Re: Bloods v Eags match report

Post by Second Team on Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:25 am

Random thoughts.

1. 5 turn overs / 5 goals to the Eagles. Game over.
2. Well done to Keough and Milne. Great efforts tonight in defense.
3. Won the hitouts and the clearances. Not convinced these stats are real.
4. Newell and Stevens had better games but are still learning.
5. Umpiring tonight was crap.
6. Lights tonight looked brighter.
7. Finally got a pie that was hot and edible.
8. Coffee was great.
9. Good effort by Middleton. 3 goals and some good ruckwork.
10. Next week is a must win. †ShockedShockedShocked

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Post by captainblood on Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:58 am

Night was near perfect for footy last night and for awhile I thought a win was on the cards. This is a radically different team from last year's.
Keough who I considered our best and most creative forward last year went to full back and for a kid playing his first full game there was superb. It's a bit like robbing Peter to pay Paul but Wundke on paper was the real threat to us and he won that battle.
Milne looks good at centre half back because he tries raising his eyes and finding an option out of the congestion.

A few aspects of the game hurt us.
Our skill level was at times atrocious,if we were clean with our hands and didn't fumble all night, we win that game. The amount of turnovers we created for the opposition from our sloppy skills was enough to send †our coach to a cliff and jump off.
I was waiting for a small period for us to lift our standards and take control but we two grabbed the ball most of the night.

When we ran the ball we looked good but chipping the ball around in defence and in the back half of the midfield with our skill level was a recipe for disaster.
Second game together so old habits die hard but our slow ball movement at times killed us and it was during these passages of play we looked vulnerable. Caire going off hurt us with some run out of defence.

Our forward line needs a couple of more targets. Keough, Webb, I'm not sure but we need someone who can get us one or two goals from a contest or a pack situation.

Second game and there is room for a lot of improvement. It's not all doom and gloom.

Eliminate our ball handling errors, find another threat up forward and we will be on our way.
Lights did look a lot brighter. Eagles mate of mine heaped praise on the oval and the facilities.Thought it's nearly the best ground in the league now, good to hear.

Go Bloods
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Post by Lachlan on Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:08 am

Definitely lacked a key target up forward that's why Webb and Still must play next week.


Keough did a great job last night. Mind you he is a great finisher when kicking for goal.
Beech spent all night in the midfield. He needs to spend more time up forward as he is a goal kicker.
Hayes has struggled up forward time to send him to a back pocket next week with the injury to Scott
Scott popped his shoulder yet again and you would think his playing days maybe numbered


Too many injuries I'm afraid.with a full team on the park we are a good side however we cannot take a trick with†
So many injuries. I think Green hurt his groin again in the ressies
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Re: Bloods v Eags match report

Post by scorpion on Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:32 am

I would also like to add this in West were Very Competitive all through the Night.Both sides Turned the
ball over with the W.W.T scoring 5 goals. As 2nd team mention.
Hip Hip Hooray's to Middleton,Keough,Anderson,Milne


On a better Note there are Positive signs in the B'S
Agostino= number 1 is going to be a GUN only 16 well done lad
Male= number 54 for his size he has a go
Carter = number 45 could he be a pinch hitter R/man
Vick= number 37 has pace in what we are lacking
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Post by captainblood on Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:40 pm

Agree with you Scorpion on Vick. Plenty of toe and nice user of the ball.
Actually thought from his trial matches he would be in the side.
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Re: Bloods v Eags match report

Post by billrobs1 on Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:43 am

Travis Tuck is an absolute quality player whose strength around the packs is so important to our success.

He doesnt look 100%. I watched him closely on Friday night and on a number of occasions he looked to be struggling to keep up with the play let alone excerpt his usual influence.

Is there something wrong?

BTW...to the grounds staff "congratulations". The ground is in absolutely superb condition.
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Post by Audamus on Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:20 pm

Campbell Smith is another player who, IMO, is showing good form in the reserves.
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Re: Bloods v Eags match report

Post by testy on Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:25 pm

Second Team wrote:Random thoughts.

1. 5 turn overs / 5 goals to the Eagles. Game over.
2. Well done to Keough and Milne. Great efforts tonight in defense.
3. Won the hitouts and the clearances. Not convinced these stats are real.
4. Newell and Stevens had better games but are still learning.
5. Umpiring tonight was crap.
6. Lights tonight looked brighter.
7. Finally got a pie that was hot and edible.
8. Coffee was great.
9. Good effort by Middleton. 3 goals and some good ruckwork.
10. Next week is a must win. †ShockedShockedShocked


I can assure you they are.

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