Tumut Eagles put up a good fight

Tumut Eagles player Jacob Luck

THE Eagles came away from Saturday’s match against Cootamundra with a loss but can hold their heads high as they fought hard throughout the game.

The game concluded 43-23 going Cootamundra’s way.

Coach Lachlan Anderson said, “our goals scorers were Bryton Creati (assisted by Ian Kelly) and Reece Mastellotto (assisted by Zac Martin).

“Among the best players on the day was Bryton Creati who was very important for us,” Anderson said. 

“The way he drives and eats up space was fantastic. 

“The second half we got him involved in the build up a bit more and his link up play was impressive. 

“He got one goal and could have had one or two more maybe, but his overall work was very good.

“Having Marvin Sing back is great for us,” Anderson said.

“He is one of our big communicators and always gives everything. 

“His defensive work was effective and gives us a boost when he plays.

“And Mick Parker’s second game back after injury was exactly what I expected,” Anderson said. 

“Plenty of solid challenges and kept the attackers on his side of the field quiet. 

“It was a good game, and great to have him back.

Speaking about the performance of all during the game Andersons said, ”the first half was very even. 

“We had some good spells where we held the ball nice and moved it effectively. 

“We were creating chances too, and we even scored first. 

“Although they got one goal in the first half, we limited their goal threat really well, so defensively we looked good.”

Anderson said the second half went a little differently. 

“Coota got a goal in the first minute and from there on, they were probably the better team. 

“Although at times we did put some good plays together and created chances, most came towards the end of the game. 

“And I felt like our quality dropped off when Coota started playing really well and got all their goals. 

“It was good to see how work rate picked up this week,” Anderson said. 

“I could tell after the game that the team really was spent, which in a way added to the disappointing result. 

“Maybe we could’ve gone about our game a bit smarter with a bit more awareness but that’s something we can work on in training,” he said.

Jacob Luck had to come off towards the end of the game with a calf problem but hopefully he will return to the side this week. “We will see how that goes this week,” Anderson said.

Eagles best players:

No 12. Bryton Creati – 24

No.6. Reece Adam Mastellotto – 84

No. 7. Riley Mark Mills – 29

No. 22. Jeremiah Kaile – 46

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