Presidents Update

It has been fantastic to see all teams out on the training track this past month. With two weeks until Season 2020 finally kicks off, I could not be more excited to see the Eagles in full flight at our Kanebridge Oval nest.

The COVID-19 crisis has been an unforeseen challenge, but we have combatted it professionally with our first priority being the safety and wellbeing of our players and wider community. We will continue to dedicate ourselves to ensuring that COVID-19 protocols will be followed as they may change.

As the COVID-19 restrictions lessened in NSW, all teams began training last month in protocol approved groups of 10, then 20. However, now the playing group has returned to whole team training with full contact, and this has been allowed since Wednesday July 1st.

What I can also confirm, is that the 2020 season will recommence on Saturday 18th of July, of which the draw will be issued approximately one week prior. The season will be nine weeks of games, before a 3-4 week finals series.

To say that I am excited for Round 1 next Saturday is an understatement!

In addition, we won’t have three Women’s teams in 2020 as previously planned. We will stick with two, one in Premier Division and another in Division Two. This year we will again field six strong football sides, and all teams have been working immensely hard on and off the field, throughout both Pre-Season training blocks.

I know that many of our players, coaches and supporters might still have questions regarding areas such as canteen, BBQ, change room access etc. and I don’t have all the answers at the current stage. However, what I can confirm is that volunteers, whilst always crucial, will be even more important this year as the climate and situation may rapidly change on a week-to-week basis. If there are any changes to the 2020 season or COVID-19 imposed conditions from here on out, we will quickly update the wider East Coast Eagles community of these.

Let’s get the ball rolling in 2020 and I can’t wait to catch you at the footy.

Cheers.

David Arndt – Club President.

Media Release: COVID-19 update

Club President David Arndt wishes to advise, that with the recent announcements by the AFL to postpone the commencement of the Sydney AFL  competition to the 31st of May, and all related junior footy to the 31st of May, that all football programs and events of the East Coast Eagles will be shut down for a minimum period of 4 weeks, effective immediately.

Arndt said “with the world wide pandemic of the COVID-19 in effect, East Coast Eagles have decided in the best interest to the health and well-being of our players, coaches and volunteers to suspend all football programs and activities for a period of 4 weeks”.

“This wasn’t a difficult decision to make as we owe it to not only those people involved in our football programs, but to the whole community, to play an active role in trying to reduce the impact and effects of COVID-19”.

Read the AFL COVID-19 Statement Update in full here……….https://play.afl/content/afl-update-covid-19-17-march-2020?fbclid=IwAR1g4NB_r0z4vlULNgD56qF-SSgYy_m41agky7OB5C2NgJG8lz8wMUmI6GU

Em Goodsir makes a Giant statement in her AFLW Debut

This past weekend the East Coast Eagles family watched on as our golden girl Em Goodsir became the second EAGAL to make her AFLW debut in as many weeks.

Em wore #1 for GWS on Sunday afternoon, as the Giants closed out a tight win against Adelaide at Richmond Oval, West Adelaide – 4.2.26 to 3.3.21.

Adding to the excitement of the afternoon, the victory ensured GWS held second spot in Conference A, needing just one win from their remaining two games to secure a maiden finals berth.

Goodsir was fantastic on debut racking up 12 disposals and 6 crunching tackles, emerging on the scene as a tackling beast, showing the AFLW what the Eagles became used to seeing from Em in the blue and gold jumper.

After playing Em, there would have been plenty of Crows with sore bodies. That’s for sure!

You can read more about the Giants win against Adelaide, and watch Em be presented her jersey here…….https://www.gwsgiants.com.au/news/576546/giants-second-after-win-in-adelaide

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Em was taken at Pick #76 by the Giants in last year’s AFLW Draft after just three years playing AFL, and her footy career went from strength to strength at the East Coast Eagles in that time.

After joining the EAGALS in the women’s programs first season of 2017, playing nine games and winning Players’ Player, Em really began to hit her strides and dominate the competition in the following two seasons.

In 2018, Em was awarded the James Medal winning best and fairest for the Sydney AFL Women’s Division One Competition, and was the runaway winner of the EAGALS best and fairest.

The following 2019 season saw the EAGALS jump to Premier Division, but this was no match for Em, as she continued to crush her opponents and the accolades followed.

In 2019 she was named at Centre in the Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Team of the Year and finished runner-up in the Mostyn Medal race (league best and fairest), only being outdone by Macquarie Univeristy’s and former GWS Giants AFLW captain Amanda Farrugia.

In just three short seasons, Em certainly built quite the fearsome résumé at East Coast.

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Em has described her time with the Giants as a “roller coaster” admitting that it has been tough at times but a very rewarding experience, and had more to say on her debut………

“I didn’t have time to think, I got told I was playing 30 mins before the game, so I just had to quickly prep and get ready. I was pretty nervous but after the game was the best feeling. It was the best day of my life. I just wish I could of had my family and friends there, it was weird without a crowd”

You can hear more from Em commenting on the game here………https://www.gwsgiants.com.au/video/576639/aflw-r6-post-match-emily-goodsir?videoId=576639&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1584270833001

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Em is and always will be a very popular figure at the Eagles, with plenty of her EAGAL teammates watching on, following her with every moment.

Eagles Club President David Arndt said her Em’s achievement – “From the moment Em laced up the boots and began playing this great game at our great club, we knew she was something special. We are all so proud of her after her fantastic debut on the weekend. We know big things lie ahead for her AFLW career, as she continues to make her name.”

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Congratulations Em from everyone at the East Coast Eagles, you deserve this moment and we know you will make the most of it.

Will Cashmore

EAGLE AFLW DEBUT: Brenna Tarrant making her AFLW debut for the Melbourne Demons this weekend

We are an extremely happy family at East Coast today with the news our very own Brenna Tarrant will make her AFLW debut for the Melbourne Demons against the West Coast Eagles on Sunday at 3:10pm at Casey Fields in Melbourne’s South-East.

You can read more about the team changes…….https://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/572899/aflw-round-5-team-three-changes-for-sunday

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After playing her junior football at the Emu Plains/Glenmore Lions and Kellyville/Rouse Hill Magpies, the key defender became a contest beast for the EAGALS and was an instrumental part of the Premier Division side in 2019 who finished runners up, and before that played in our 2018 Women’s Division One team.

The Melbourne Demons AFLW side are sitting in the the Top 3 going into Round 5, currently 2nd place in Conference B, but need to ensure they keep stringing wins together with finals beckoning and teams in the bottom 4 nipping at their heels.

Brenna was one of three EAGALS drafted into the AFLW in 2019 along with Emily Goodsir and Georgia Garnett (both at GWS), with Brenna taken at Pick #72 by the Melbourne Demons.

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Brenna will start on the bench for the Demons on Sunday, wearing #20 on the back of her jersey, and we are certainly backing her to make a huge splash in her debut. The excited Melbourne Demon had this to say……….

“Well I found out a few days before the team was announced so I’ve known for a few days and at first I was really excited and crying and all. Now after another training session last night there are a few nerves, I’ve definitely been struggling to sleep because it’s been on my mind and that first night I probably only got a good 3 hours of sleep.

The EAGALS were my first senior team I played for and, I have gone through finals campaigns in both Division One and Premier Division. I was deeply upset knowing I wasn’t going to be able to play a full season with the Eagles, but the Dees vowed to look after me like the Eagles did and they haven’t put a foot wrong. I feel a bit odd playing against West Coast on Sunday considering the similar jersey to my old Eagles one so hopefully I don’t kick to the yellow and blue. I love the Eagles and I wish them all the best for the season ahead, you can bet I’ll be there to support you guys as much as I can”. – Brenna Tarrant

Brenna’s former teammates in the EAGALS are super stoked for her as well, with senior player Sarah Ford having this to say…………. “We couldn’t be prouder that our very own Brenna is making her debut this weekend. We have all watched her work so hard for this moment and the Gals are just so excited to watch her go out there and smash it”. – Sarah Ford

New Club President David Arndt has also expressed his excitement for Brenna..……”I am so proud of Brenna. She’s come through our juniors at Emu Plains/Glenmore, Kellyville/Rouse Hill and later Eagles U18, and to get to the highest level is just a phenomenal achievement for her and her family. We are all behind her at the Eagles, we know how hard she has worked and we can’t wait to watch her AFLW journey unfold”. – David Arndt.

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Good Luck on Sunday Brenna, we are all so happy for you and know you’ll do us proud. GO GET EM YOU DEMON!

Will Cashmore

2020 Pre-Season Media Release: New Club President

2020 PRE-SEASON MEDIA RELEASE

On Tuesday the 25th of February we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) as we quickly approach the 2020 season. There was a fantastic turn out, the meeting well supported with the largest attendance since the NEAFL days.

This year the AGM was highlighted by the election of a brand new Club President, as the football club transitions into new leadership under newly inducted President David Arndt, taking over from past President Jon Gawley, who shall remain on the board, however, in a different role. The remaining board members for the 2020 season were also elected.

We are pleased to announce the following members of our 2020 East Coast Eagles Board……

From the outgoing President………..

“I have agreed to take on a new two year term as finance and sponsorship coordinator, and my role will be more in the background after my three wonderful years as Club President (2017-2019). In this role, I look forward to continuing to support and work with my connections, with the ambition to strongly navigate us into the future as the strongest football club we can be. Cheers.”

  • Jon Gawley (Outgoing President/Head of Finance/Sponsorship)

From the incoming President………….

“I want to begin by saying I am extremely proud to assume the role of President at this football club, a place which has become a massive part of mine and my family’s life over the years.

Some background about my career at East Coast: After 10 years and becoming a life member of the Kellyville/Rouse Hill Magpies Junior AFL Club, I came on board in 2012 to manage the Under 18s Eagles side in which my son Cameron played in under Coach Peter Steer. I held this role for the 2013 season as well.

In 2014 I managed the Premier Division side again under Coach Peter Steer, and later in years 2015, 2016 and 2017 under coaches Mick Sankey and Jamie Vlatko.

It was also during this time, that then President the great Peter Physick approached me to join the club board as the Director of Football Opeartions a role I held in 2015.

In 2016 I took the role as Junior Liaison, whilst also working tirelessly on planning and putting into practice the introduction of a Women’s football program for the Eagles (aka EaGALS), and in 2017 my dream became a reality.

From there the thriving Women’s program fell under my role at East Coast and I am extremely proud of their achievements thus far: playing finals footy in every season, establishing two teams with one joining Premier Division in 2019 which was coached under Peter Steer & played in a fantastic Grand Final in the same year, unfortunately coming up agonisingly short (on the bloody siren!!) against Macquarie University, the Division 2 Women’s side winning last year’s flag under Coach Damon Steer, and this year with the emergence of a third Women’s side.

In terms of my goals and expectations for my Presidency, I want to continue the great work carried out by Jon and previous presidents to drive the East Coast Eagles back to being the number one football club in the Sydney AFL. With all three of my children playing football at this club, the Eagles have become a very big part in of my family’s life.

Furthermore, even though from the outside in it may seem like all aspects are covered for from a board’s perspective, I must stress the success of this football club will not grow without volunteers. Especially now housing seven teams, we need and will continue to need the dedicated help of the playing group, partners, parents and any other assistance we can have at the club.

Finally, since the establishment of the women’s program at this football club, it has always been my ambition to operate as a collective playing group with a one club mentality and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this club.

Looking forward to a successful tenure as the President of this wonderful football club, bring on 2020.”

  • David Arndt (New Club President)

    

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2020 East Coast Eagles Teams and Coaches

  • Men’s Premier Division – Hayden Rickard (Head Coach), Matt O’Connor, Andrew Turner, Ben Bourke (Assistant Coaches)
  • Men’s Premier Reserves – James Ford
  • Men’s Under 19s Division One – Adam Wilson
  • Men’s Second Division – Michael Lambert
  • Women’s Premier Division – Peter Steer
  • Women’s Division Two – Damon Steer
  • Women’s Division Three – TBA

 

Will Cashmore

Notice of 2020 AGM

Become the best version of yourself: Coach Hayden Rickard Interview

Coming into pre-season a real sense of fresh air at East Coast ushered the Eagles playing group and community into a new era, following Lindsay Scown’s decision to step down from his head coaching post.

The 2020 season will embark a changing of the guard in the Eagles Nest as we welcome our new head coach: Hayden Rickard.

Hayden Rickard

  • Age: 44 years old
  • Family: Getting married in the new year, one daughter, inheriting three children and two grandchildren from partner
  • Hometown: Originally from Oamaru, New Zealand
  • AFL Club Followed: Religiously grew up on Rugby Union, following AFL in the same mould as he does the NBA by following a favourite player – Cyril Rioli

Now that I have the logistics covered, let me present to you the man tasked with leading our great club into the future, and his unique story to tell……

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Q: Hayden, where are you from and what brings you to Sydney?

A: So I am originally from New Zealand, a place called Oamaru, located on the Eastern Seaboard. I moved to Australia in 1998 where I have been based in remote Northern Territory in a place called Nhulunbuy. During my time in NT, I was very fortunate to work with local Indigenous people, setting up football programs from scratch which helped take my coaching to the next level. My family and I have made the decision to move to Sydney to support our children’s education.

Q: What are your experiences in Australian Rules Football?

A: I have had very fortunate experiences in this sport. I was originally headhunted in the community to use football as a vehicle, leading to full-time coaching employment. My local club was in Nhulunbuy – Djarrak Football Club, who play in the Gove AFL competition, a small remote competition in the Northern Territory. The players in the program at our club were fortunate enough to play footy 12 months a year. Outside of this, I would spend time preparing players for the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) with the Darwin Buffaloes. I have also been fortunate enough to dip my toe in and build an extensive football knowledge from opportunities with many different professional organizations such as NT Thunder, Geelong and Richmond Football clubs.

Q: What are your experiences in other sporting arenas?

A: Throughout my coaching career in Australian Rules Football, I have been fortunate to develop my mantras with opportunities at many different professional sporting organizations. These include the Sydney Kings basketball, sporting organizations in the US and in the world of New Zealand Rugby.

Q: What attracted you to the East Coast Eagles?

A: Upon our family’s decision to relocate, I reached out and looked at the Sydney AFL landscape. Immediately, the East Coast Eagles stood out to me, observing their website and social media platforms really proved to me that the Eagles Nest carried themselves as a strong brand in the community with a real level of professionalism. Through meetings with Paul Eastman, Jon Gawley, David Arndt and Ben Bourke, I gained a strong sense of commitment at the club that I wanted to become a part of. I was thrilled to be offered the head coaching position.

Q: What are your approaches to building a strong football club both on and off the field?

A: For me on and off-field go hand-in-hand to building sustainable success. Having conversations with people in and around the club indicated to me that there was already a strong culture, which was great for me as I market myself as a culture coach. I believe off-field culture directly impacts sustainable on-field success, but I recognise that this can be hard to define. For me culture encapsulates the little things like shaking hands before and after training, sweeping sheds and presenting ourselves in the best shape we can. The biggest measurement of culture is how you are measured in other circles and this is player driven.

Q: How important is pre-season in building a base for the season ahead?

A: Pre-season is vital, an opportunity for me to understand different personalities at the club and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in order to develop a plan of attack to ensure we are competitive across all grades. At the moment for me its early stages and I am enjoying getting a feel for individuals who I may see as an alpha with a strong skillset but then lets themselves down through a lack of talk, and vice versa. It is important for me to build strong training habits into the group and learn how to train our style which is still developing as we continue the preseason block into the New Year.

Q: What are your expectations for your leadership group?

A: I live by the old adage that leaders create leaders. Leadership can be measured through how current leaders put aside egos to bring through new leaders. This will be a key indicator for my leadership group within the Eagles Nest.

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During the first weeks of pre-season Coach H’s values have concentrated on taking time with the footy to prevent repeated mistakes, imparting on players that perfection is not an entitlement but rather something that can be earned over time with dedication to the craft.

“Become the best version of yourself”

This is an expression Coach H has used consistently thus far in pre-season, a strong indication of how Hayden views the role of coaching footballers as people, and how we should measure ourselves in all walks of life.

Without doubt there is plenty to look forward to and be excited about this coming season at the East Coast Eagles, and as a player I personally cannot wait to become part of the journey Hayden plans to take us on in Season 2020 and beyond.

I thank Hayden for his time.

W.CASHY

PRESS RELEASE: EAST COAST EAGLES U19’s COACH APPOINTMENT

The East Coast Eagles AFL Football Club Inc is pleased to announce we have now filled our Men’s U19’s coach role for the 2020 season.

New Coach Adam Wilson had the following to say:

I have been involved in junior AFL for 10 years, working with the Baulkham Hills AFC in a number of different rolls. While at Baulkham Hills AFC, I have been an active member of the club and was part of the inaugural executive committee.

I have also coached at all junior levels during my time and most recently coached the 2019 U15 Div. 1 Sydney Harbour Joint Venture (Kellyville/Baulkham Hills) Eagles team.

I am a level 2 qualified coach with aspirations to further that knowledge within the NSW/ACT AFL Aspiring Coach Program (ACP) in the very near future.

I look forward to being part of Head Coach; Hayden Rickards coaching staff and reinforce in the U19’s, his mantra to create a pathway opportunity through the Academies and Junior affiliated pathway clubs, to ensure that the East Coast Eagles are recognised as the ‘club of choice’.’

The club is excited to have now filled this position. Adam’s appointment will add value to the fantastic work Peter Van Vliet has done with the age group in recent years.

Adam will be assisted by Jeff Taylor and Peter Van Vliet with more assistants to be announced.

Peter Van Vliet will also be heading up the club’s youth liaison manager role. Peter in this role will build relationships with the eight junior pathway clubs and strengthen Adam’s comments on East Coast Eagles being ‘the club of choice.’

The club is extremely excited for what the future entails for the U19 program at ECE.

Welcome aboard Adam and welcome to the Eagles Family.

PRESS RELEASE: EAST COAST EAGLES HEAD COACH APPOINTMENT

The East Coast Eagles AFL Football Club Inc is pleased to announce we have now filled our club coach and Men’s Premier Division head coach role for the 2020 + 2021 seasons.

The Eagles after a detailed search which resulted in some high quality candidates from both local and interstate have now appointed Hayden Rickard to the position of club Head Coach and Premier Division Men’s Coach.

New Coach Hayden Rickard had the following to say:

“I am thrilled to be named Head Coach for the East Coast Eagles across 2020 and 2021. I understand that the Eagles faithful have an expectation of success. These expectations have been forged in the efforts of the club’s predecessors at Baulkham Hills AFC in the mid 70’s through to the Eagles from 2000 onwards.

“My coaching journey to date has presented a number of unique opportunities that have prepared me to focus on continuing the good work Lindsay has developed over the last two campaigns. I look forward to adding my own point of difference to the program as we will strive to improve across the coming months of preseason graft.”

“It is my belief that the playing group and coaching staff that will navigate the 2020 season, must look at the responsibility of enhancing the guernsey and leaving it in a better state for those who follow us. The Eagles have a fantastic opportunity through our Academy and Junior affiliated clubs to ensure that the East Coast Eagles are recognised as the Elite Community Development Club in the competition and indeed the ‘club of choice’.

“I am excited to arrive in Sydney in the coming weeks, followed by my family in the new year, and to meet the men and women that make up East Coast”.

The club is excited to have now filled this position believing that Hayden will offer a new direction and will value his experience of bringing the best out of the playing group in the years to come.

Club President Jon Gawley had the following to say

“The board was over the moon following the detailed reviews and input from a wide variety of stakeholders to come to the view that Hayden was the perfect candidate to take the club forward, I look forward to watching Hayden and his family become part of the eagles family and driving future success of our football club:”

Welcome aboard Hayden and welcome to the Eagles Family.

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