Collie Eagles and Harvey Bulls league coaches have reflected upon their teams’ efforts following Sunday afternoon’s semi-final showdown.
Eagles coach Clint Swallow said he was disappointed in his side’s second half performance and for missing out on a preliminary final place.
“It didn’t go exactly the way we panned out for it, we were in front by half time – got out to 25 points – and then stopped like last week basically, ran out of steam,” he said.
“It is pretty hard to look back and take positives from a game where you lose like that but we started really well, we played clean in the first half, but certainly after half time their better players lifted, we seemed to find the heat too hard and didn’t have the will to win.”
Collie lost to Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault by 36 points in September 3’s qualifying final.
Harvey coach Paul Fimmano praised his side for picking up form in the second half and working hard for the victory.
“I thought it was game of two halves, we were not too bad in the first quarter but Collie were really good in the first half and then in the second half we were good,” he said.
Mr Fimmano acknowledged his side moved the ball more effectively in the second half.
Harvey takes on Bunbury in next weekend’s must-win preliminary final.