Eagles Around The Grounds Round 2

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Celebrate A Sensational Win In Jimmy Regan’s 100th

CHING CHING. Need I say more. The Magoos found themselves playing under lights at Kanebridge for the first time in a while, with the boys facing a long eager wait on the sidelines, before ripping into Manly. It was definitely worth the wait. On a day where the club were celebrating popular Clubman Jimmy Regan’s 100th game, an awesome achievement considering all the injury setbacks he has suffered over the years, his teammates certainly made it one to remember. 10 scoring shots but only 2 goals meant Manly were still in the game at quarter time, but after kicking 6 goals straight in the second term, East Coast knew the game was their’s to win. Inaccuracy returned in the second half, but we kept the pressure up and won by 37 points. In the perfect finale, Regan kicked a goal on the final siren. You can’t write this stuff. CHING CHING.

Final Score: ECE 11.17.83 to MWW 7.4.46

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Do It Easy Against Manly To Get Their Season Rolling

After a remarkable draw in Round 1, our Div 1 EAGALS were determined to respond in Round 2 against Manly. They were on their home turf, and protecting the nest was at the forefront of their mind. We kept Manly scoreless in the first half, a strong reward for our bruising defence and constant pressure. The Wolves just could not keep up with us. It was a positive bounce back from the Div 1 EAGALS, who looked sensational going forward, registering 23 scoring shots across the 4 quarters to just three for Manly. Bre Jones was strong, kicking 3 goals, but it was Paris Mooney, Elyse Fifield and Jacqui Smith who claimed BOG honours. Great win team.

Final Score: ECE 10.13.73 to MWW 3.0.18

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Men’s Under 19’s – Young Eagles Go Down In Close Affair Against Wolves

They led at both the first and second breaks, but our young Eagles could not close it out against Manly. These two sides have built quite the competitive rivalry over the last few years, with East Coast bowing out to Manly in Week One of last year’s Finals Series. Yesterday’s game was no different. It was fiery, and it was full of excitement. The Wolves like to play their brand of footy at their pace, and it was our job to throw them off course. Unfortunately, we struggled to do so for extensive periods, and were caught out too often in the second half. Manly controlled the game in the later stages and were good enough to win by 11 points. There were plenty of positives for East Coast however, with Kody Spencer kicking 2 goals in a BOG performance. As the weeks go by, this side will become more familiar with each other, and their time will come to go boom. Just wait, you’ll see.

Final Score: ECE 7.14.56 to MWW 9.13.67

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Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Achieve Maiden Win In Div 4 Competition

What a cracking way to start the day. Our Div 4 EAGALS had the first game of the day at the Nest, taking on arch rivals Pennant Hills Demons. For many players, this was their first taste of the East Coast vs Penno rivalry, and it did not disappoint. There were plenty of big hits and gritty plays, but the EAGALS would not be denied. The game started slowly from a scoreboard perspective, with no goals for either side in the first quarter, but the intensity was there in bunches. 3 goals to none in the second term and we were away, no chance the Demons were catching us. In a victory which set the tone for both the Prems and Div 1 girls later in the day, we held Penno goalless for four quarters and comfortably won by 41 points.

Final Score: ECE 6.7.43 to PHD 0.2.2

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Men’s Division Two – Div 2 Continue Building With Fantastic Win At Wollondilly

Trekking down to Wollondilly for a game of footy is no picnic, but our Div 2 boys made it look like a cake walk, as we stuck it to the Knights on their home turf. It was always going to be physical, a real battlefield, but we owned the contest especially in the second half. With some fresh faces in the side, the teamwork and energy that Div 2 is bringing is absolutely outstanding for the footy club. A 2-0 start to the season is just what we wanted after a long pre-season. We earnt every inch yesterday and deserved to win by more but we will definitely cop a 39 point victory. And as per usual Jake Mindham was always classy, kicking 6 goals, one of which was a barrel from the boundary. How far out was it? Depends who you ask, but it was definitely at least 80 metres.

Final Score: ECE 11.8.74 to WK 5.5.35

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Will Cashmore

EAGALS Smash Reigning Premiers To Emerge As Competition Force

2021 is a year that promised so much for our women’s program at East Coast, and so far, the Premier Division side is delivering in spades.

After ticking off Southern Power in Round One, we faced the biggest test of the early season, coming up against rival side Manly at Kanbridge Oval for Round Two. Manly are the reigning Premiers, so naturally, they are the team to beat. East Coast needed to step up to the plate, and boy did we ever, because we have just made a massive statement. Our EAGALS just always seem to find that extra punch against the big sides in the big games, and this instance was no different.

Coach Ash Moeller was impressed with his sides Round 1 victory, but placed an extra emphasis on marking, competing for the footy and clean hands during the week at training. The hard work was evident from the first bounce, as we were switched on straight away.

We commanded the early momentum, and built scoreboard pressure in the first term, leading by 10 points at the quarter-time break. Manly brought plenty of energy, but far more often than not, we had the perfect counter for our opposition. In the words of Coach Moeller, the first half was “a taxing affair”, but we were prepared to put our bodies on the line and were rewarded with a 31 point lead at half-time. It could have been more had we kicked straighter as well.

The wind was well and truly out of Manly’s sails in the second half, as we never looked out of the game. We piled on the pressure and gained a gutsy, but fantastic win. 41 points was the margin, in a famous win for the club.

The backline was super impressive all day, executing their skills and driving the ball out of defence, showcasing our hard to play against brand. Chloe Arndt had a ripping game, rotating through the middle and off half-back, being an absolute ball magnet with a cracking footy IQ at her disposal. Ruck Em Hurley had another solid performance, backing up her Round 1 effort. Caiti Rogers was excellent on the wing, whilst Georgina Fowler kicked 3 goals in a typical game for the goal sneak. Maddie Anderson and Anna Barton were also immense on their Prems debut.

The vibes are positive and the confidence is up. Bring on Round 3.

Will Cashmore

East Coast Eagles 2.4-16 5.7-37 7.8-50 8.9-57
Manly Warringah Wolves 1.0-6 1.0-6 1.4-10 2.4-16

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: G. Fowler 3, R. McGartland 2, A. Martin, M. Finch, E. Hurley
Best Players:C. Arndt, S. Ford, G. Fowler, B. Parker, C. Rogers, A. Dallaway
2021 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 2
1 North Shore Bombers 2 2 0 0 128 49 261.22 8
2 East Coast Eagles 2 2 0 0 109 54 201.85 8
3 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2 2 0 0 69 50 138.00 8
4 Southern Power 2 1 1 0 101 79 127.85 4
5 Inner West Magpies 2 1 1 0 71 69 102.90 4
6 Manly Warringah Wolves 2 1 1 0 66 84 78.57 4
7 UTS Australian Football Club 2 1 1 0 74 104 71.15 4
8 Macquarie University 2 0 2 0 53 80 66.25 0
9 Pennant Hills Demons 2 0 2 0 51 97 52.58 0
10 Sydney University 2 0 2 0 39 95 41.05 0

East Coast Fade Late Against Dogged Manly Wolves

We’re all about protecting the nest at East Coast in 2021, but unfortunately our Premier Division Men’s side were unable to gain their first win of the season in Round 2, falling short against Manly. With plenty of changes to the side, including young debutant Lachlan Mason, the clubs 4th debutant in just two weeks after Corey Dowle, Nipper Adams and Nathan Fox debuted in Round 1, cohesion was going to be the biggest challenge.

An overcast day at Kanebridge Oval played host to a physical affair between the two sides, with both determined to get the early jump and assert dominance. The Eagles got on top, starting the game really well with strong attack on both the footy and the opposition. In addition, East Coast’s ball movement was strong, our offensive work singing with some sensational passages of play. Coach Damien Truslove went as far as to say the ball movement against Manly was better compared to Round 1 vs. St George.

Ultimately, the first quarter was a shootout, both teams kicking 2 goals a piece to draw 12-12 at the first break.

East Coast looked to gain that team chemistry it was looking for. However, it was then when things started to go pear shaped. Injuries befell the Eagles once again, with Ruckman Andrew Browning and Centre Half-Back (and co-captain) Zach Johns, going down with painful injuries. Two key injuries will throw any footy side out of whack, and this left the remaining players with a big job to continue on. Manly took a 9 point lead into half-time, kicking 1.5 in the 2nd term, to our 0.2.

Manly looked to put their foot down in the 3rd term, however the Eagles remained competitive, despite putting little scoreboard pressure on. Also, it was in this quarter that the debuting Mason kicked a wonderful goal from the forward pocket, which raised the sides energy. 16 points down at 3QT, and the ball was in Manly’s court. We needed to respond.

The Wolves were howling too loudly but, dominating the last quarter. East Coast’s contest method and team defence fell away, as the scoreline blew out. With greater accuracy in front of goal, perhaps Manly may have won by more, but nonetheless they happily claimed a 42 point win over the Eagles.

Leadership Team Member Karl Merson had a strong game, as did other key players in Brandon Clark and Aaron Drinkwater, as well as youngster Kyle Spencer.

0-2 to start the season is not where we wanted to be, but this is the situation we are in and it is up to us to get ourselves out of the hole. A do or die clash against Camden next week is the next task, and we must lift.

Will Cashmore

East Coast Eagles 2.0-12 2.2-14 3.2-20 4.4-28
Manly Warringah Wolves 2.0-12 3.5-23 4.12-36 9.16-70

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: L. Mason, K. Merson, J. Cutting, T. Zdrilic
Best Players: K. Merson, B. Clark, A. Drinkwater, C. Dowle, K. Spencer, B. Coxall
Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers: J. De Angelis 2, L. Behagg 2, N. Marsh 2, J. Bennett, K. LeJeune, J. Field
Best Players: J. Field, L. Channell, N. Marsh, T. Wright, A. Butler, J. De Angelis

2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 2

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 1

Premier Division Men’s Reserves – Magoos Never Say Die But Cannot Claim Win Against Dragons

We are built on trust, mateship and courage at the Eagles in 2021. The Magoos proved this in Round 1, as they came up against a speedy St George side boasting plenty of youth. It was a tough start, as St George seized early momentum and earnt an early lead. However, our experienced players stood up and got us back in the game to trail by just a point at quarter time. We lost key troops throughout the game, meaning a brave effort was required from the whole squad. Ryan Van Vliet was doing his best Jeremy McGovern impersonation down back, taking a stack of intercept marks. Scoring was hard to come by for both sides over the next two quarters, such was the tightness of the contest. In the end, St George found some crucial goals, and ran out 18 point winners. We will lift, we will fight hard, and we will return stronger and hungrier next week.

Final Score: ECE 6.9.45 to STGD 8.15.63

Under 19’s Division One – Young Guns Can’t Find An Answer Against Hot Dragons Outfit

With a lot of new players, it will take time for our Under 19’s to develop a strong chemistry across the park. However, we never stopped chasing, just lacked that little bit of polish against a strong St George side who came ready for a fight. We could not find the goals in the first quarter, but we didn’t drop our heads. Instead we got ourselves back in the game, and kicked three second term goals. A hefty comeback was still need in the second half, but St George never looked uncomfortable, eventually winning by 35 points. Co-Captain Bailey Beattie was best on, whilst Jayden Brien also impressed kicking two goals.

Final Score: ECE 6.9.45 to STGD 12.8.80

Women’s Division One – EAGALS Play Out A Spirited Draw In Ferocious Contest

Popular clubman Jimmy Regan was placed in charge of our booming Women’s Div 1 side for 2021, and our girls played with plenty of character to kick off the season. We never held back, and attacked the footy hard. Brianna Barr attacked the footy so hard, she succumbed to a nauseating finger injury on the verge of quarter-time. It was a squeamish look, but there were all smiles afterwards. Unfortunately for all our hard work, we just could not convert enough and this let St George back in the game. After a thrilling four quarters, nothing could split the two sides and Season 2021 at Kanebridge began with a draw. Unbelievable scenes. Great game girls.

Final Score: ECE 4.10.34 to STGD 5.4.34

Men’s Division Two – Eagles Make A Statement With Phenomenal Round 1 Win

The club has gone through a big revamp this year, but perhaps none as large as in the Div 2 side. With a stack of new players, to the point where Coach Lambo had 30 plus players to choose from which is unheard of for Div 2, there was plenty of excitement heading into Round 1. Facing a St George side who had dropped from Div 1 back to Div 2 for this season, was going to be a tough challenge first up. However, we have had a fantastic pre-season, and were ready to reap the rewards. We played hard for four quarters, and all 22 players did their job expertly well. We were not going to be denied on this day, and we were the better side. Period. 10 points was the winning margin, but it could of been more. What a day for Div 2. New players Cam Veerhuis and Justin Harding were immense in the midfield, as was Troy Jones on the wing.

Final Score: ECE 7.7.49 to STGD 5.9.39

Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Hustle And Bustle But Go Down With Plenty Of Fight

Such is the strength of our Women’s program at East Coast, that we have added a 3rd EAGALS side in 2021. We had no choice with the amount of numbers wanting to play for this great club, and there was a ton of excitement for their first hit out in Round 1. Playing Coach Alicia Ford took her troops into battle against Sydney Uni, and they did not let the jersey down at any point. There are lots of fresh faces in this team, so it will take time to find a winning combination, but there were some great signs coming out of this game. We went down by 13 points, but we definitely made Sydney Uni earn the win.

Final Score: SYDU 4.4.28 to ECE 2.3.15

Will Cashmore

EAGALS Too Good For A Game Southern Power In Round 1 Victory

Under the bright lights of Kanebridge Oval, the EAGALS hit the field for their season opener against fellow 2020 semi-finalists Souther Power, in what was the final game of the day at the Nest. Just like the Men’s Prems, the women had a new head coach – former clubman Ash Moeller, who has a brought a wave of coaching experience back to the Eagles.

We have had a long pre-season, and gained a ton of confidence from the abundance of numbers at training. The vibe of our women’s program has been unreal so far. Taking this into Round 1 would be the biggest challenge.

The Power always bring their A Game against us, and it was no different this time, with the South-siders starting hot early kicking the first goal of the game. We responded well, with our senior players leading from the front, regaining momentum and taking a 9 point lead into quarter-time.

We controlled the game for large parts of the second term, but proved inaccurate in front of goal, allowing Southern Power to narrow the half-time margin to just 6 points. We needed to come out of the sheds fired up in the third quarter. Coach Moeller laid down the challenge, and you best believe we matched it. The EAGALS dominated the Premiership quarter, kicking 4 goals to 1, blitzing the Power to no return.

Southern Power came home with a wet sail, kicking two goals to nil in a scrappy final quarter, but it was the EAGALS who deservedly got the chocolates by 15 points.

Returning Super Forward Rylee McGartland was a colossus for us down forward kicking two goals, whilst co-captains Sarah Ford and Ally Dallaway were sensational as always.

Great start to the season, plenty to improve on, but we are heading in the right direction.

Will Cashmore

East Coast Eagles 2.3-15 3.7-25 7.7-49 7.10-52
Southern Power 1.0-6 3.1-19 4.1-25 6.2-38
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers:R. McGartland 2, M. Finch 2, G. Fowler, C. Rogers, A. Dallaway
Best Players: A. Dallaway, E. Hurley, N. Gray, S. Ford, B. Parker, C. Arndt
Southern Power
Goal Kickers: C. Stanton 4, N. Murray 2
Best Players: C. Stanton, J. Wrigley, E. Eaves, N. Murray, K. Mead, K. Tracey
2021 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 1
1 North Shore Bombers 1 1 0 0 51 20 255.00 4
2 Manly Warringah Wolves 1 1 0 0 50 27 185.19 4
3 UTS Australian Football Club 1 1 0 0 45 27 166.67 4
4 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 1 1 0 0 34 24 141.67 4
5 East Coast Eagles 1 1 0 0 52 38 136.84 4
6 Southern Power 1 0 1 0 38 52 73.08 0
7 Pennant Hills Demons 1 0 1 0 24 34 70.59 0
8 Macquarie University 1 0 1 0 27 45 60.00 0
9 Inner West Magpies 1 0 1 0 27 50 54.00 0
10 Sydney University 1 0 1 0 20 51 39.22 0

Eagles Fight Hard But Fall Short Against Dragons

There was renewed hope and excitement in the Kanebridge Oval air going into Round 1, with the East Coast Eagles ushering into a new era. Damien Truslove is the new man at the helm for the Men’s Premier Division side, and he faced a tough test first up, meeting 2020 semi-finalists St George Dragons.

With a bunch of new players, and some returning veterans, team chemistry would perhaps be the biggest challenge. However, with Truslove’s positive mantra of development and competitive hunger, anything is possible in 2021.

The Dragons brought a side with plenty of youth to the Nest, looking to ambush us with speed and skill. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we were ready for the battle.

Injuries are a large part of every footy clubs season, but you never want to see too many this early. Unfortunately, we lost some key players towards the beginning of the contest, making our job even tougher. A 4 quarter effort would still be key, despite being down on troops.

St George could only manage one major in the first quarter, whilst we grinded hard in defence to rebound out of our D50, with former and current captains Ben Bourke and Zach Johns leading the way for East Coast.

Returning youngster Brendan Coxall kicked our first goal of 2021 in the second quarter, as again St George only slotted one major in the second term. Clearly, our manic pressure at the stoppages was having an impact, as the Dragons could not seize momentum.

In was a tight contest in the Premiership quarter, as we looked to get on top and build some scoreboard pressure. We were strong through the centre of the ground, going forward with plenty of Inside 50s, but St George took a 13 point lead into 3QT.

Round 1 is always tough no matter the place, time or opponent. Bodies aren’t quite match fit yet, and legs are sore to cramp up the longer the game goes. We seemed to suffer from this late, as St George ran away with the game, kicking 5 goals to 2 in the final term. Although, the 35 point margin did not reflect the competitiveness of the match, with the game being far closer for the majority.

Coach Damien Truslove had this to say:

“It was a pleasing first hit out, and the boys fought hard for 4 quarters. Losing a couple to injury early, meant we had few rotations available. We were very good at stoppage and looked good going Inside 50. We will work hard at training on our ball movement and contest method. Can’t wait to crack into Manly next week. Our best were Andrew Browning in the Ruck, new Co-Captains Brandon Clark and Zach Johns, as well as Ben Bourke and Aaron Drinkwater”.

After a tough 2020, we needed to come into this season and show some fight, and boy did we. The Eagles did the Nest proud, and showed a lot of renewed promise.

Will Cashmore

East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 2.3-15 4.3-27 6.6-42
St George Dragons 1.4-10 2.7-19 5.10-40 10.17-77
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: K. Merson 2, B. Stewart, B. Coxall, B. Jones, N. Adams
Best Players: A. Browning, B. Clark, A. Drinkwater, B. Bourke, Z. Johns, B. Stewart
St George Dragons
Goal Kickers: E. Maher 2, N. Casalini 2, J. Dol 2, L. Maze, N. Kenny, D. Soffe, T. Coenen
Best Players: N. Kenny, B. Hodgson, K. Pfrengle, D. Soffe, J. Dol, T. Coenen
2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 1
1 UTS Australian Football Club 1 1 0 0 142 25 568.00 4
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 1 1 0 0 87 33 263.64 4
3 North Shore Bombers 1 1 0 0 86 35 245.71 4
4 St George Dragons 1 1 0 0 77 42 183.33 4
5 Inner West Magpies 1 1 0 0 59 54 109.26 4
6 Manly Warringah Wolves 1 0 1 0 54 59 91.53 0
7 East Coast Eagles 1 0 1 0 42 77 54.55 0
8 Sydney University 1 0 1 0 35 86 40.70 0
9 Pennant Hills Demons 1 0 1 0 33 87 37.93 0
10 Camden Cats 1 0 1 0 25 142 17.61 0

Cam Edwards To Join GWS Giants Reserves Side

One of our finest emerging leaders, Cam Edwards, has been added to the GWS Giants Reserves Squad, in another fine acheivement for Edwards.

After many years with the Giants Academy, and many NEAFL appearances for the club, Cam will continue his journey in the orange jersey with the Reserves side.

Congratulations Cam, we know you’ll do the Eagles proud mate.

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Media Update: 2021 AGM And Board Notices

With a new era setting in at East Coast, we would love to see continued support this year at our upcoming AGM which will take place at The Fiddler on Tuesday March 30 (7pm start time).

This is an extremely important evening for the future of the football club, so it would be great to see as many people there as possible. The main purpose of the AGM this year, is to elect nominating Club Members to the positions to be filled on the Club Board, and the various committees will be outlined on the night.

In addition, there are a number of positions which still need to be filled:
1. Administration and AFL compliance
2. Facilities and Merchandise
3. Men’s and Woman’s Football Operations
4. Academy / Council & Talent Pathway

Further details on the AGM meeting, as well as Board Nomination Forms, can be found below

AGM Notice – 2021

ECE Board nomination form 2021

MEDIA UPDATE: Blake Jones And Scotty Waterhouse Join The Board In New Roles

We are excited to announce that two of our long-serving players Blake Jones and Scotty Waterhouse, will officially join the club’s board, taking on new roles in 2021.

Blake, better known as Buddha, will take on the role of Club Player Wellbeing Officer. Whereas, Scotty will take the role of Hospitality and Events Coordinator.

To read more, click on the link below to find more details.

Congrats Blake and Scott, we can’t wait to see what you bring to the club.

Club Announcements


Damian Truslove – Eagles new Head Coach for 2021

The club is very excited to announce the ex GWS Giants Development Coach, Damian Truslove as the new Head Coach at the Eagles for season 2021.

Truslove comes to the Eagles with an excellent pedigree having previously worked in the AFL program as a development coach at Carlton FC and VFL at Richmond FC, before moving to the Giants.

Damian is a Level 3 High Performance Coach who has been coaching for more than 10 years and he has a real passion for craft coaching, biomechanics and skill acquisition and providing a challenging and enjoyable environment. At the end of 2016 the GWS Giants offered him the great opportunity to coach their NEAFL midfield and backline and look after player skill development.

Damian said, “I am extremely excited to be announced the head coach of the East Coast Eagles FC. The club has a very proud history and I will be working closely with the playing group, staff and supporters to make sure the future is strong. Everyone involved at the Eagles will feel a sense of belonging and the players will be challenged to continually improve their performance.

We will strive for team success on the back of creating an environment which encourages all to grow.”

Eagles President, David Arndt said: “Damian is a perfect fit for our Club in terms of his skills and vision and our goals are very much aligned. We have a young squad and his focus on development is just what we need in a Head Coach. We welcome Damian and his family to the nest and look forward to the season ahead with him at the helm.”