BY BONNIE BARKMEYER
Published here on AFL Europe
The match against India was pretty much in Germany’s favour for the whole game, with a free kick going to the Eagle’s in the centre to start it off. The game was physical and played in windy conditions, and the Eagle’s had a stark height difference against the Indians, which proved to be a bit testing at times. The umpires called a few high tackles against Germany, but the Eagle’s definitely dominated in the ruck, winning every contest. Constantin Pixa booted the first goal for Germany early in the first quarter to get them off to a great start, but India followed suit soon after, meeting them with the 6-points.
The score at quarter time was relatively even at 13 points for Germany and 6 points to India, suggesting they were in for an equal match. Perhaps it was Robert Macher’s encouraging words in the huddle at quarter-time that gave the boys the inspiration they needed, as Germany were able to increase their lead in the second term. Four shots at goals early in the quarter by the Eagles showed their determination, but this was unable to be maximised on the scoreboard, kicking 7 points and 5 goals by halftime, with India kept to just 1 goal for the whole first half.
The coach’s words to the ruckmen and the on-ballers at halftime were simple; utilize the height advantage and work to get the tap every time. Captain Florian Naumann encouraged the boys in the huddle to kick at least goals for the third term.
Germany showed to be much more effective with their disposals and calmer under pressure, but the windy conditions persisted.
Coach Mark Woods addressed the weather his players were kicking in.
“The windy conditions sort of changed the [game] plan a little bit,” he said. “We just went back to keeping it simple as opposed to trying to give them too much at the start.”
When asked if he was concerned about his team’s accuracy in front of goals, the coach understood the difficult conditions the players faced.
“It’s blowing a gale. The second quarter we rushed a lot… but I think the wind had a lot to do with it,” he said.
At third quarter time, the coach asked the Germans to focus on showing the next team in the next game what they could.
The full time score showed Germany were stronger on the day, winning by 77 points. India desperately tried to convert where they could in the match, but they did not have much luck.
Jakob Jung played a stellar game for the Eagle’s in the midfield, driving the game and his teammates forward. Jung managed to get his hands on the ball many times and kick it to the attacking players when needed. When asked about the competition in the game, Jung gave credit to India for their defensive pressure.
“It was a tight game actually, we kept the pressure really on the line better than our game against Pakistan,” he said.
“We didn’t get the zone right against Pakistan, and [today] we got really slow into the game but we ended pretty strong.”
Germany play Japan this Saturday afternoon in Box Hill, and Jung already has his mind set on the upcoming match.
“From what I’ve seen, they are really fast and really small so we have to be even faster and concentrate more and we have to be there on the ground from the first moments,” he said.
Germany: 12.14. (86)
India 1.3. (9)
Germany: J. Heusken (3), M. Schuetoff (2), J. Orlowski (2), C. Pixa (2), T. Menzel, P. Evermann, J. Korfmacher
India: A. Sharma
BEST: Germany: J. Jung, M. Schuetoff, J. Heusken, T. Menzel, F. Naumann, C. Odenthal
India: A. Malhotra, A. Kalia, S. Ashoka, K Singh, M Tirkey, P. Jeet Singh