Round 17 U18 Match Report
West Adelaide 15.12 (102) def. Glenelg 12.13 (85)
This week we ventured to Glenelg to play the tigers for the second time this season. We were disappointed with our showing last week and the boys were keen to respond. Zac Wooldridge returned to our side following a length spell in the reserves team, and Hugh Desira came in for his second game of the season.
In near perfect conditions that match started at a fast pace. Glenelg were on top in the midfield and had early chances on goal – fortunately for us they missed a few. Once the game settled, it was evenly matched with both teams looking dangerous when going forward. A late Harri Bailye goal gave us a 4-point lead at the first change.
The contest stayed very even for the next two quarters with neither side able to pull away. Both sides continued to score freely and we were disappointed with our ability to defend well enough on transition. We were unaccountable at times and allowed them too many free hit-ups. Our finish to the third quarter was poor and Glenelg took a 3-point lead in to the last change. We need to stay mentally stronger for longer if we are to remain a contender over the coming month.
The last quarter was impressive as we were able to move the ball better and our reaction to turnover was much improved from the rest of the match. Beau Nunan kicked two for the quarter and Noah kicked is 6th for the match. Our backline played a big part in ensuring our ball movement was more creative and we were able to get through Glenelg’s defence.
I am happy that our group were able to find a way to win against an opposition who threw everything at us. Michael Laudato was outstanding on a wing, Noah Hannagan dominated up forward with 6 goals and Saul Morelli played a great game in the ruck. Mac Nield & Joel Groom continued their solid form in the midfield whilst Bailey Fielke applied excellent forward pressure. Beau Nunan again impacted the scoreboard with 3 goals, taking his tally to 46 for the year.
The most pleasing aspect was that we responded to the previous week and got back to playing the way we want to. With a finals position now secure, we are determined to finish the year with a win and keep second place – which would mean a double chance in the finals series. Our game this week is against Norwood at Glenelg on Saturday with a 1:15pm start. Our group really appreciated the additional support on the weekend and it would be great to see this continue again this week.
Best: Michael Laudato, Noah Hannagan, Saul Morelli, Mac Nield, Bailey Fielke, Joel Groom
Goals: Noah Hannagan (6), Beau Nunan (3), Bailey Fielke (2), Mac Nield, Mack Pederick, Harri Bailye, Dion Brauer (1)
Talent & Development Manager / U18 Coach