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Bloods v Eagles Grand Final match report

Post by blackandred on Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:12 pm

Back on August 23 the West Adelaide U18s sat 6th on the premiership table with 7 wins from 16 games. Tonight they won the premiership by crushing reigning premiers, the Eagles, 13.12 to 7.13.

This was a classic grand final contest. The Eags came to play and swept Westies away in the first 15 minutes forcing the Bloods into error and hesitation. Uncharacteristic turnovers and kicking it out on the full were evidence of the pressure they were under from the tough Eagles outfit whose full back has a full beard and tatts and is playing U18s footy! We managed our first goal at the 15 minute mark at which time the score was them 4.1 and us 1.4 and we got another at the 28 minute mark to go into the first break trailing 6.1 to 2.6 and looking rattled.

We werenít to know then that the Eagles were to add only one goal for the rest of the game while we would kick 11!

It was the HAW (Hassan Ahmat-Watkins) show in the 2Q but it was our defence that did the hard work of keeping the Eags goalless and initiating the attacks. Aaron Francis at full back, Westhoff, Munn, Evans, Haysman, etc were pushing the ball forward and Sam Durdin was dominating in ruck. HAW booted 2 in the first 5 minutes and one later and when Harris goalled at the 24 minute mark we hit the front Ė this is a team that has a great belief in themselves. Half time WA 6.7, WWT 6.4.

The third Q was indeed the premiership Q. Watchman booted 2 in the first 3 minutes and with goals to Turner and Brind we had 4 by the 12 minute mark and a handy lead. The Eagles then threw everything at the game. They attacked relentlessly for the next 15 minutes and were held up by our magnificent defence. At one point Snelling tackled an opponent in their goalsquare and wrestled him 10m over the line, so determined was he to prevent a goal. Itís a pity there are no stats for spoiling/punching the ball away as this would demonstrate how effective our backline was. 3Q time score WA 10.8, WWT 6.8.

The Eagles had not scored a goal in more than 55 minutes of footy at this point despite giving their all.

At the start of the last Q the Eagles had to score at least 5 goals to win and keep us scoreless. When Haysman scored his obligatory last Q goal at the northern end (as he has for the last 2 weeks) in the first minute the game was won. The Eagles clawed one back but Watchman and HAW scored majors and Westies then played their superb defensive game that they can so quickly turn into attack. You have to concentrate so hard watching this team lest you miss something, so quick are they with hand and foot. They turned their tackling and smothering around from the 1stQ and were pressuring the Eags into error and forcing them into going short and sideways, slowing play and so playing into the hands of the Bloods.

Final score WA 13.12, WWT 7.13

Sam Durdin won the Allan Stewart medal as best afield. He had 48 hitouts and took 9 marks. Twice in the 3Q he took strong contested marks from kick-offs to send us back into the square. Stirring stuff but will this be the last time we see him in a Bloods jumper? Snelling and Brind were prolific gatherers of the hard ball. Brind took us inside 50 eleven times! HAW booted 5.4 and Watchman 4.1, between them they kicked 9 of our 13 goals. But again, all played well.

The Eagles had 60 more possessions than us but we were so much more clean and efficient. Apart from the first 15 minutes our skills and tackling were wonderful all night and hopefully noticed by the large number of senior players standing at the northern end.

Congratulations to all the boys and the officials responsible for this amazing and greatly deserved result. A great achievement also for the club after a rough 12 months.


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Re: Bloods v Eagles Grand Final match report

Post by Lee Harradine on Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:59 am

Wonderful write up, B & R.

14 tackles from Will Snelling is indicative of an amazing work rate. †The other thing about this team is that so many of them are still eligible for Under 18's next year, although I'm sure we'll see some of them at much higher levels next year.

Well done to Jarrod Meers and his coaches and staff.

Also, a big thank you from me as a Board Member to our Football Manager, Andrew Marks, whose hard work and love for our club and players played a big part too.
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Post by captainblood on Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:12 pm

Well done boys great final series and a lot of those lad will play league if not for us then in the AFL.
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Post by westiesforever on Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:06 pm

Congrats to all on a great win . I've gotta say that I was really impressed with the speed a lot of the players have it was a brilliant game to watch with the lads breaking the lines and playing attacking footy. Well done to the crowd too , it was a great atmosphere with lots of westies support Smile
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Re: Bloods v Eagles Grand Final match report

Post by testy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:14 pm


What an effort coming from fifth position after falling into the five in the last round of the season and now crowned under 18 premiers for season 2014.

Well done to all players and support staff on a wonderful result.
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Re: Bloods v Eagles Grand Final match report

Post by Lachlan on Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:33 pm

Well done boys on a fantastic win. What an amazing final series they had.


To think †a number of these †kids are still eligible for U'18s next year is even better.


I think Young Will Snelling †will get a crack at league level next year
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Re: Bloods v Eagles Grand Final match report

Post by Mark Beswick on Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:45 am

I think so as well Lachlan

Hugh Haysman, Brett Turner (unless drafted), and Jaydn Brind are others to look out for.
Shame we wont get to watch Sam Durdin in the Black and Red - He got better every game and deserved the A.D Stewart BOG Medal
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Post by bundy on Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:14 pm

cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers WELL DONE PLAYERS AND COACHES AND ALL CONCERNED.
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Post by Lee Harradine on Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:14 pm

Agree with you, Bundy.

Our last league game had 16 West juniors playing. We've recruited ex-West junior Brad Helbig. Add some of the lads coming through this team and we're well on the way to having a very solid core of West Adelaide local players for some time.
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