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18. Brisbane 9 63.9 4


by Matt Quinn
8th September 2016
The Eagles came into tonight's Elimination Final as warmish favourites on the back of great form in the last three weeks, the Bulldogs' so-so form, and generally a feeling that the Eagles were a better side.

They didn't really ever get going.

It was odd. If you looked at the stats at three quarter time - when the game was all but over - the Eagles had numbers that suggested an equal match, and if you'd been shown them pre-match with the relative abilities of the two teams, you'd have expected a reasonable Eagles lead. But they didn't show the much better ball movement and reading of the play by the Bulldogs all night, the little slip ups under pressure that the Bulldogs absolutely capitalised on, and the general feeling that the Bulldogs might not have had the ball, but had control of the game.

A few Eagles tried hard - you generally couldn't fault the efforts of Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff and the oft-maligned Chris Masten - though none were particularly damaging, while Mark Hutchings had a good day on Marcus Bontempelli. Defensively, Tom Barrass stood up well in his first ever final, alongside veteran Shannon Hurn and the always-cool Brad Sheppard. But outside that group, few Eagles really could hold their heads high, and a few Eagles had absolute shockers

So it's on to 2017. With Nic Naitanui at best back for next year's denoument, and you'd think Scott Lycett due a late start to clean up his injured knee, the Eagles need to find another ruckman somewhere (though Jon Giles was OK again tonight). Hopefully a fully fit Lewis Jetta and Jack Redden can front up next year and have the impact we hoped this year; that Elliot Yeo, Jack Darling and a few others can recapture the form of 2015 and that hopefully an easier draw comes the Eagles way on the back of a finish outside the top six.




 
Comments
 
Maxy

2016-09-20 10:30:08
Please don't tell me its all over Q.

I need Dazz, TP, Ric, Joe, EM and a cavalcade of others, some resplendent in their tin foil hats, some wearing just a dowdy Homburg and those that choose to wear no hat at all, to provide me with points of reference as I move through life's journey.

Don't let it die.
 
Mr Q

2016-09-20 17:11:33
EFH lives on, though it may need a bit of off season loving to get ready for next year.
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