EAGALS Bury Maq Uni To Win Big Once Again

Somebody throw in the towel.

After pausing the for a week due to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, our EAGALS returned the Prems Womens league to formalities, once again reigning as the true Queens of the competition. Our opposition this weekend was Macquarie Uni, a side which we have had many fierce battles with over the years, but this was not one of those affairs.

As I have made it known before, I am really struggling to find new ways to describe how well this side is playing. It is as close to perfect a footy team can get, and there are truly no signs of us slowing down.

Turn up, dominate, repeat. This is the mentality that opposing teams are dealing with right now. Scary, isn’t it.

The game was played under lights, with plenty of wind still around at Kanebridge Oval, making for a contest with testing conditions. This factor threatened to even the match out a little bit, but Maq Uni had no such luck.

We started the game positively, and never looked back, as the game was essentially sealed after quarter-time with our EAGALS leading by 4 goals, 28-1.

Maq Uni have struggled to hit the scoreboard for the majority of this season, and whilst they tried hard in defence, it was just so difficult to stop our mounting wave of class in attack. Our Half-Time lead extended to 34 points.

It was more of the same in the second half, with our EAGALS keeping the foot on the gas, battling through the tough conditions to maintain momentum for the entire match. A 49 point lead at 3QT became 60 by the final siren, and another win was locked up for our EAGALS. Had we kicked a little bit straighter, the margin would have been even bigger, but we weren’t fazed.

Our EAGALS are well and truly flying high. With this win, we have officially achieved a PERFECT 10.

Renee Tomkins was a wall at half-back, and is in scintillating form producing another BOG performance. Jordy Jollife was tremendous as well, kicking 3 goals on her return from injury, showcasing an unbelievable work rate which especially impressed Coach Ash Moeller. Our key players stood up once again, with Tarni Evans, Em Hurley and Chloe Arndt having typically strong showings. Rylee McGartland added 3 goals to her rising league-leading tally.

We face Manly in a top of the table battle next week, and it is sure to be an epic contest.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 4.4-28 5.6-36 8.9-57 10.14-74
Macquarie University 0.1-1 0.2-2 1.2-8 2.2-14

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: R. McGartland 3, J. Jolliffe 3, T. Evans 2, G. Fowler, E. Scriven
Best Players: R. Tomkins, J. Jolliffe, E. Hurley, T. Evans, C. Arndt, M. Ferguson
Macquarie University
Goal Kickers: J. Hicks, R. Sellers
Best Players: C. Davis, H. Kowal, G. Thomas, J. Hicks, K. Johnston, E. Davie
2021 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 10
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 East Coast Eagles 10 10 0 0 717 169 424.26 40
2 Manly Warringah Wolves 10 8 2 0 610 235 259.57 32
3 Inner West Magpies 10 7 3 0 521 261 199.62 28
4 Southern Power 10 6 4 0 393 322 122.05 24
5 North Shore Bombers 10 6 4 0 372 317 117.35 24
6 Sydney University 10 4 6 0 238 383 62.14 16
7 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 10 4 6 0 225 543 41.44 16
8 UTS Australian Football Club 10 3 7 0 263 556 47.30 12
9 Pennant Hills Demons 10 2 8 0 307 459 66.88 8
10 Macquarie University 10 0 10 0 180 581 30.98 0

Eagles Find A Way To Win On Windy Day At Kanebridge

After the Queens Birthday long weekend, the Sydney AFL was ready to rock’n’roll once again, and our Mens Prems side were feeling refreshed and excited heading into the second half of the season.

Our opposition for this game was Camden, a side who have yet to post a win this season, but a side who no matter their form-line always look to bring a tough fight on gameday. With our previous matchup against Camden in Round 3 being our only win thus far this season, we definitely backed ourselves to pick up the victory in this one as well.

In addition, this game had plenty of meaning for our side, with two very important player milestones being celebrated. Tommy Zdrillic was playing his 100th game, whilst club veteran (feels weird calling him that) Aaron Drinkwater playing his 150th game for the club. Drinky has been the measuring stick at our club for years now, a fine leader and passionate player that our group looks up to. Both blokes put their head over the footy and live our club values each and every weekend, so congrats on the milestones boys.

We sought to play the match on our terms early, kicking with the wind. We went forward plenty of times in this period, winning 10 Inside 50s, off the back of some good run from our defenders and on-ballers. Nathan Coxall slotted the first goal of the game with a cheeky right foot banana, in a highlight of the first quarter, which ended with us 13 points in front.

Coach Damien Truslove was pleased with our start but concedes the second quarter was very disappointing “we lost the hunt far too often, and conceded too many uncontested marks”. This allowed Camden to seize momentum, and as the confidence team they are, it was very hard to stop them. Camden were flying in the second quarter, blowing us away with 5 goals to nil.

We had to bounce back, trailing by 18 points.

Luckily, we did hit back both in the stoppage contests and on the scoreboard. This lifted our energy, and we let it show, kicking 6 goals to nil. 19 points in front at 3QT, but we could not afford to switch off.

The last quarter was a tough challenge, as Camden were kicking with the wind, which would be a big factor in the result. However, we combated this fantastically, hitting the scoreboard with strong significance once again, closing out the game to win by 35 points. This effort was made all the more impressive considering we had no rotations due to more injuries, in the last quarter.

Bailey Stewart was impressive with 4 goals, but some of our younger stars in Kyle Spencer, Ethan Grace and Jayden Rapley were especially good in this game.

Youngsters Cam Wood badly hurt his nose in a moment of friendly fire with a teammate, whilst key defender Corey Dowle broke his collarbone in a nasty incident early on.

This was not a pretty win at all times, but it is a result we will take in our strides. We had better get used to the wind as well, as we face Manly at the always tough to play at Weldon Oval next weekend. We need a strong training week in preparation to get ourselves ready.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 3.4-22 3.6-24 9.10-64 12.15-87
Camden Cats 1.3-9 6.6-42 6.7-43 7.10-52

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: B. Stewart 4, M. Eastman 2, E. Grace 2, N. Coxall, L. Mansour, K. Spencer, T. Zdrilic
Best Players: B. Clark, C. Wilson, K. Spencer, N. Coxall, T. Zdrilic, E. Grace
Camden Cats
Goal Kickers: K. Veerhuis 3, C. Murray, K. Passlow, K. Anu, C. Passlow
Best Players: T. Georgiou, K. Veerhuis, D. Stalker, D. Thomas, K. Evans, W. Gamble
2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 10
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 10 10 0 0 964 361 267.04 40
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 10 9 1 0 1101 379 290.50 36
3 Sydney University 10 6 3 1 858 577 148.70 26
4 St George Dragons 10 6 4 0 915 650 140.77 24
5 Pennant Hills Demons 10 6 4 0 755 658 114.74 24
6 Inner West Magpies 10 4 5 1 690 765 90.20 18
7 UTS Australian Football Club 10 4 6 0 645 838 76.97 16
8 East Coast Eagles 10 2 8 0 544 784 69.39 8
9 Manly Warringah Wolves 10 2 8 0 486 875 55.54 8
10 Camden Cats 10 0 10 0 343 1414 24.26 0

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 10

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Back In Winners Circle After Strong Second Half

A day with swirling wind conditions meant it would be tough going for both sides, and clean use of the footy would of premium value. Our Magoos have needed a win for a while, and they would have backed themselves do get a victory facing a gritty Camden side who have yet to record their first win of the season. This was a stop-start affair, with plenty of momentum swings especially in the first half. East Coast kicked out to a 4 goal lead early, but a big effort from the Cats allowed them back in the game, as Camden scrambled to trail by only a goal at Half-Time. We were kicking with the wind in the third quarter, and we used it to our advantage well, reclaiming a convincing lead but still aware the job was not done. With patience and a focused Eagles Ball game plan, we controlled the pace of the game, and closed out a comfortable 48 point win. There were some handy goalkicking hauls on the day, with Nipper Adams and Ben Roughan kicking 4 each, with Justin Taylor and Harrison Bultitude adding 3 each. Get around our Magoos as they look to go on a run in the second half of the season.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 16.10.106 to CC 9.4.58

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Cannot Be Stopped With 6th Win On The Trot

Talk about a shutout. Over the past 6 rounds, our EAGALS have been near perfect, staking their claim in the league as a top contender ready and willing to take on any opponent. Perhaps the most pleasing thing, is their ability to win games in different ways. Some have been complete dominations, whilst some have been close hard-fought victories. In this instance, we were all over Camden, with our defence once again standing out. Camden had no way into the game, such was the intensity of our man-to-man pressure, and our silky clearance work out of the middle. 27 scoring shots to zero is enough to make one blush, but if you saw some of the heavy tackles from our EAGALS, you’d have a true indication of how far ahead we were of Camden in this game. Our behinds tally doubled that of our goals, but either way the Cats never threatened us so we were always comfortable with the result. Imogen Gow and Dana Polverino were best on ground for us, and it is exciting to see our EAGALS in such good form heading into a tough matchup against Manly. Bring it on.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.18.72 to CC 0.0.0

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Under 19’s Division One – Eagles Make Light Work Of Camden In Big Win

After the heartbreak of last rounds narrow loss to Sydney Uni, our young gun Under 19s were fit and fired up to bounce back against last placed Camden. After a quarter, the result was fairly settled as we were in front 39-1, but our boys did not put the cue in the rack. With the wind blowing the ball every which way, there was plenty of space on the Kanebridge Oval turf, and we used it well, racking up plenty of big quarter scores. We were simply just too good, and did not let our emotions boil over, this was a very impressive 94 point win. With finals at the top of our priority list, our Under 19s side will be keen and focused every single week, ready to work towards playing at the back end of the season. This result did plenty to boost their confidence in that respect. Connor Rudd, Adam Pittana and Jayden Brien were especially potent in front of goal, combining for 10 goals, whilst Nick Ryan was a deserved BOG.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 17.16.118 to CC 3.6.24

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Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Make It A Happy Holiday To Wollondilly In Emphatic Victory

A trip to Wollondilly is never one of the most exciting of the season. It’s a long way to go to lose that’s all I’ll say. Fortunately for us, our EAGALS had no such problems, thumping their opponents with a brilliant 69-0 win. We must have spent the drive down there visualizing a massive ambush, because this is what unfolded in the first quarter. We kept the score rolling quickly, as our EAGALS led 36-0 at Quarter-Time, dampening any confidence Wollondilly had. This was our game to win, and we let the Knights know about it. Our tackles hit harder, we were the quicker team, and our skills were far better. After a lean month for our Div 4 girls, it is fantastic to see them back on the winners list. We are back BABY. Maddie Gray, Sarah O’Brien and Monica Lenaz were sensational in BOG performances, but this was absolutely a full-team effort.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.15.69 to WK 0.0.0

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Men’s Division Two – Eagles Destroy Sydney Uni Pretenders In HUGE Win

We don’t lose at the Nest. No ifs or buts, we DO NOT lose at the Nest. No matter who we face at our home ground, our Div 2 side lifts to the occasion, and this was shown on the weekend. After a disappointing loss against St George last round, we were keen to make amends against 2nd place Sydney Uni, and we knew we had to bring the fight. We were locked in from the get go in this contest, quickly bouncing back from conceding the first goal of the game, to really ramp up the intensity and ferocity at the footy. Sydney Uni could not compete with our hunger, and we hit them where it hurt as a result: on the scoreboard. Well in front at Half-Time, we could not switch off, we had to keep our mind on a 4-quarter performance. This we did, as we continuously kept the pressure on both with and without the footy, letting our forwards have a big day out, especially the always classy Jake Mindham with 3 goals, and James Neily with 2. Neily might I add was fantastic in his best game of the season by far, and his two goals were highlights of the game, completely wrong-footing multiple opponents on the way to booting the footy through the big sticks. This was a really positive win, and the sort of form we want to take into facing top of the table North Shore next week. We’ve beat them before, we can do it again. Oh and Fordy kicked 6.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 12.10.82 to SU 6.5.41

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Will Cashmore

EAGALS Still Undefeated After Beating Sydney Uni

Will someone please step up to the plate?!??!!?

At the current stages it is business as usual and a rinse and repeat kind of season for our Prems EAGALS, as we added yet another win to our perfect record, which now sits at 9-0.

And there could not have been a better day to do it on, than Ladies Day.

It was expected to be a tough test for us, seeing as Sydney Uni are always a tricky opponent no matter what grade you’re playing in. No matter who pulls on the USYD jersey, you know they’ve come to play, and we expected nothing less.

Thus, we intended to gain an early advantage by applying scoreboard. Once again, we hit our mark and achieved exactly what we set out to do. Our first quarter was dominant, with Uni really struggling to get into the game. We were on from the word go and it showed, as we kicked our 4 first quarter goals inside the opening 10 minutes. Uni did add one goal in the first term, but that was all they were going to get for the entire match. We led by 18 at Quarter-Time.

According to Coach Ash Moeller, the rest of the match was a grind, due to our lack of poise in front of goal leading to many behinds, but also Uni’s increased pressure. We kicked 7 behinds but no goals in the second quarter, a result that we will aim to fix in coming weeks, as we know that against a stronger side we will likely be made to pay for such inaccuracies. In saying that, our defense was faultless, as Uni had no way back into the contest. Our 25 point lead could of been doubled, and it felt like that. Ladies Day was our day.

The second half saw much of the same for both sides.

More behinds than goals for our EAGALS, and Uni whilst keeping the pressure on our time and space with the footy, were unable to find any sort of offensive resolve. We led by 35 at 3QT, extending this to 41 by Full-Time, as we were the deserved and dominant winners.

Tarni Evans was on fire in this game, her skills and pace a level above her opposition, as she was a clear best on ground with her 3 goals a real highlight. Ally Dallaway was strong once again, whilst Georgia Garnett proved hard to stop wherever she went, killing it in defence, up front and through the midfield.

9-0 and we haven’t looked back since the start of the season, I really do not know who will stop us.

After the long-weekend break it will be fascinating to see how we comeback, and who will challenge us. There will be plenty of teams out there determined to beat the streak, but it is up to our EAGALS to continue fending them off and remain perfect.

Cannot wait to see how this unfolds.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 4.1-25 4.8-32 5.13-43 6.13-49
Sydney University 1.1-7 1.1-7 1.2-8 1.2-8
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: T. Evans 3, R. McGartland, G. Garnett, M. Finch
Best Players: T. Evans, G. Garnett, A. Dallaway, J. Swabey, R. Tomkins, A. Barton
Sydney University
Goal Kickers: A. Laven
Best Players: L. Stephenson, C. Reeve, R. Kenny, I. Gray, C. Lawton, L. Coleman
2021 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 9
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 East Coast Eagles 9 9 0 0 643 155 414.84 36
2 Manly Warringah Wolves 9 8 1 0 599 206 290.78 32
3 Inner West Magpies 9 6 3 0 492 250 196.80 24
4 Southern Power 9 6 3 0 374 289 129.41 24
5 North Shore Bombers 9 6 3 0 349 287 121.60 24
6 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 9 4 5 0 217 520 41.73 16
7 Sydney University 9 3 6 0 215 375 57.33 12
8 UTS Australian Football Club 9 2 7 0 233 533 43.71 8
9 Pennant Hills Demons 9 1 8 0 274 440 62.27 4
10 Macquarie University 9 0 9 0 166 507 32.74 0

Sydney Uni Show Might To Fend Off Gallant Eagles

After last weeks performance, which saw us fall off a cliff against Pennant Hills in the second half, we were after a much improved showing. Adding to the challenge was that our opponents were Sydney Uni, who are flying at the moment.

All week at training we had talked about playing with pride in the jersey. With this game being back at our Kanebridge Oval Nest, and on a day where we celebrated the 10-Year reunion of our 2009-2011 Premiership teams, there was no better oppourtunity to show what we were made of.

We started the game positively, gaining plenty of good Inside 50 entries, but we could not hit the scoreboard. Our opponents had no such bad luck, as Uni kicked 5 goals to command a 32 point lead at Quarter-Time, but we did not drop our heads. Uni are a side that are hard to play against in the stoppages, an area we have excelled in recently, and their transition footy was extremely tough to combat all over the ground.

Our next three quarters were a great response however.

As Coach Damien Truslove said “For the remaining three quarters, our ball movement stuck to the game plan, and as a result we match them around the ground”. Truslove was impressed and he had good reason to be, as we began our journey to get back into the game.

We kicked three second quarter goals, but still found ourselves behind by 39 points at half-time. However, I think its fair to say that the scoreboard did not reflect the contest.

Our second half was strong, bringing a revamped attitude out of the sheds to really take it to our polished opposition. We played with plenty of grunt and hunger at the footy, and Uni did not like it. We were extremely competitive, but just a bit too far behind to get ourselves back in a realistically winnable situation.

Nonetheless, we our proud of our efforts and will take a ton of positives into the next game. We went down by 51 but that wasn’t the story here for us. The story is that we proved that we can be competitive with top teams for long periods of games.

We’ve shown this, and we will look to replicate this as we attack the second half of the season after the long weekend bye.

Alex Foxall had a super game in the Ruck as Best On Ground, and Bailey Stewart cemented himself as an early BnF favourite with another great performance. Tommy Zdrillic was also on fire up front, kicking 4 goals in a breakout game.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 3.3-21 6.4-40 8.4-52
Sydney University 5.3-33 9.6-60 13.7-85 15.11-101

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: T. Zdrilic 4, B. Coxall 2, B. Stewart, B. Jones
Best Players: A. Foxall, T. Zdrilic, B. Stewart, B. Clark, W. Mitchell , D. Costello
Sydney University
Goal Kickers: I. Hughes 3, C. Searle 2, S. Gilfedder 2, L. Stevenson 2, J. Hiscox, A. Lucy, A. Clarke, C. Williams, L. Gallen, J. Dimery
Best Players: L. Stevenson, A. Day, N. Tsindos, J. Dimery, A. Clarke, I. Hughes
2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 9
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 9 9 0 0 894 344 259.88 36
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 9 8 1 0 1028 349 294.56 32
3 Sydney University 9 6 2 1 828 504 164.29 26
4 Pennant Hills Demons 9 6 3 0 711 543 130.94 24
5 St George Dragons 9 5 4 0 800 606 132.01 20
6 UTS Australian Football Club 9 4 5 0 628 768 81.77 16
7 Inner West Magpies 9 3 5 1 592 715 82.80 14
8 Manly Warringah Wolves 9 2 7 0 436 777 56.11 8
9 East Coast Eagles 9 1 8 0 457 732 62.43 4
10 Camden Cats 9 0 9 0 291 1327 21.93 0

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 9

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Fight Hard But Cannot Beat Sydney Uni

This was always going to be a tough day. Sydney Uni are a club stacked for talent, and with a Reserves side that boasted numerous former Premier Division and or NEAFL players, we were up against it from the get go. Our method was simple: ugly football. We knew this game would be a slog, so our game plan focused on outnumbering and forcing Sydney Uni into mistakes with pressure. Our first quarter displayed this brilliantly, with our boys fighting tooth and nail to win the footy and not allow Uni to get a roll on, only down by 10 points at Quarter-Time. Such was the intensity of this period however, that we seemed to run out of energy soon after, as Uni took full advantage, putting their foot down on the contest to kick 8 goals to nil. 60-0 at Half-Time and there was no way back. Uni were silky by foot and quick by hands, we never gave up, and we played with a ton of heart, but it was to no avail. No one could fault our effort, it was there for all to see and it is something we are proud of. Sydney Uni were just a better side. Shoutouts to Scott Waterhouse, Ryan Van Vliet and Calum Sproull who were in our Top 3 BOG.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 0.3.3 to USYD 16.10.106

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Women’s Division One – 5 On The Trot For Our Div 1 Ladies

Round 9 was Ladies Day at Kanebridge Oval, and it was our Div 1 women’s side tasked with kicking the day off, facing Newtown. We are on a roll in Div 1, winning four in a row and we were keen to make that five, but Newtown weren’t going to make it easy for us. We played a tough brand of footy, body-lining the ball with every intention of winning the contest, and this gave us a slim 7-point lead at Quarter-Time. For the remainder of the game, our inaccurate goal-kicking really let us down, and almost allowed Newtown back into the contest. We were the superior team, but plenty of wins have gone begging in footy history on account of poor shots on goal. However, we got away with it, as our repeat Inside 50s were too much for the opposition. They could not penetrate our backline wall enough times to threaten the result, and we snuck away with an 11 point win. 5 on the trot, you beauty. Ladies Day was off to a banging start. Casey Haydon kicked 2 goals, whilst Paris Mooney, Nellie McMillan and Elyse Fifield kept their strong form up to lead our EAGALS to victory.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 5.13.43 to NB 5.2.32

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Under 19’s Division One – Eagles Lose In The Most Heartbreaking Way In 1-Point Thriller

What a rollercoaster. Two young sides in our Eagles U19s and Sydney Uni U19s did battle under lights at Kanebridge Oval, in a contest which threatened to steal the show on Ladies Day. After last weeks incredible win against Pennant Hills, our boys were keen as mustard to go again against Uni, and we showed it from the first bounce, taking a 6 point lead into Quarter-Time. We out muscled and out enthused our opponents in key areas, as this game developed into another absolute nailbiter. Uni fought back to regain a 1 point lead at Half-Time, but we responded with a fiery and impassioned Premiership Quarter, kicking 2 goals to their zero to take an 8 point advantage into the final stages. The last quarter was back and forth, with the momentum falling either way by the second. Uni had more scoring shots in this quarter, and it would be this slightly greater pressure that would be our downfall. We conceded an unlucky free-kick in the dying stages, with Uni converting the goal and winning by a single, solitary point. We were crushed, but we showed we can match it with the best. Expect a big second-half of the season for our young fellas. Bailey Beattie impressed with 2 goals, whilst Kyle Spencer and Jamie Murphy stood up in the big moments.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.4.52 to USYD 7.11.53

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Women’s Division Four – Sydney Uni Blitz Our EAGALS To Ruin Ladies Day

We were flying before our bye last month, but ever since our Div 4 EAGALS have come head-to-head with the best sides in the competition, and they have been just too good for us. This trend continued, as we faced a turbo-charged Sydney Uni side who were intent on taking the game away from us straight away. At Quarter-Time we were down by 33 points, as Uni were at the top of their game. We were not going to lie down and cop it however, and we came back hard. We refused to be embarrassed on Ladies Day. We matched it with Uni in the second quarter, in fact winning the quarter thanks to goal sneak Dominique Pigott booting our first goal of the game. Unfortunately, this would be our only major of the contest, however our defence was strong in the second-half, limiting Uni’s opportunities on goal. They ambushed us, and we were not expecting it, so this game of two halves went the way of Uni, who won the game by 47 points in the end. Julianna Newton, Angelica Kamperos and Candy Li had good games, adding to their strong form in the first half of the season son far. They got us this time, but you can bet we will look to ambush them just as hard next time.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 1.2.8 to USYD 8.7.55

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Men’s Division Two – St George Defend Their Turf And Defeat Eagles

Our greatest mantra in Div 2 this season has been to Protect The Nest. We do not lose at home. As it turns out, it seems St George have a similar approach, as they went to another level on their home turf at Olds Park. We played these blokes in Round 1, defeating them in a strong performance. Perhaps we went in complacent, or St George were just up for the game, because unfortunately they wanted the ball a lot more than we did. It was dewey, and it was early in the morning, but this was no excuse. We were just way off our game. St George turned a 12 point Quarter-Time lead into a 29 point Half-Time lead, and it was their game for the taking. Our second half was much improved, but we were made to pay for a slow start, as the margin was just too hard to claw back. The Dragons deserved to win as they enjoyed a 36 point victory. Alex Colli, Cam Veerhuis and Justin Harding played well once again, as these three are proof of our turnaround in Div 2 this season. We are now 6-3, but keen to make up for our disappointing performance, next round against Sydney Uni.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.8.26 to STGD 9.8.62

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Will Cashmore

Penno Defeat Eagles In Game Of Two Halves

East Coast Eagles vs Pennant Hills Demons is one of the Sydney AFL’s longest, and fiercest rivalries, stretching back decades. No matter when and where these two sides meet, in whatever grade, it is a battle between two clubs that have a profound dislike for each other.

Approaching the Round 8 game at Mike Kenny Oval, both Premier Division sides were out of form results wise, with our boys still stuck on 1 win for the season, and Penno experiencing somewhat of a form slump.

Whichever team could bounce back and bring the fight for four quarters, would be best shaped to win this game.

Bring On Penno, we hate em. They hate us. Both sides were keen and ready.

We started the game well, as has been customary for us lately, once again dominant at the stoppages. Our big bodied midfielders Aaron Drinkwater and Bailey Stewart were working well with Ruckman Stephen O’Connor, who again gave our middies first look at the footy. Coach Damien Truslove was pleased with the first-half performance, happy that we carried positive momentum into Half-Time.

Both sides were rather inaccurate in front of goal in the first half, however we were able to lead by 5 points. We could tick the first half off. 2 quarters down, 2 to go. We had to continue the fight and not switch off.

Penno were hungry coming out of the blocks in the 3rd quarter, and they completely took over proceedings from this point on. According to Truslove “Our 3rd quarter was extremely disappointing, lacking enough run and fight, and we were totally outplayed”. We struggled to remain competitive in this period, as Penno proved why they call the 3rd quarter the Premiership quarter. The Demons led by 34 points at 3QT, and had everything going their way.

There was no way back, as Penno put together another 5 goal quarter to finish the game and turn the margin into a 62 point win over our boys. We had no answers.

This truly was a game of two halves.

As Truslove said post-game, “we need to hit the track with strong intent to improve this week”. Coming into a game against 3rd place Sydney Uni, Truslove’s comments could not be more accurate.

This game presented more injury concerns for us, with luckless winger Dean Costello suffering another soft tissue injury, and key backman Nick Johns breaking his wrist very early in the game.

Youngster Ethan Grace was fantastic in a beaten side, kicking 3 goals on the run, as Bailey Stewart, Cam Wood and Andrew Browning were also amongst the best.

We need to lift.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

Pennant Hills Demons 1.3-9 2.6-18 8.11-59 13.16-94
East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 3.5-23 3.7-25 4.8-3

Pennant Hills Demons

Goal Kickers: T. Moraitis 4, M. Preen 4, H. Angel 3, C. Galvin, J. Potter
Best Players: J. Peatling, B. Matthews, J. Moran, C. Lee, J. Potter, B. Hunt
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: E. Grace 3, S. O’Connor
Best Players: B. Stewart, E. Grace, C. Wood, A. Drinkwater, T. Zdrilic, A. Edwards
2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 8
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 8 8 0 0 748 329 227.36 32
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 8 7 1 0 906 340 266.47 28
3 Sydney University 8 5 2 1 727 452 160.84 22
4 Pennant Hills Demons 8 5 3 0 624 503 124.06 20
5 St George Dragons 8 4 4 0 707 574 123.17 16
6 UTS Australian Football Club 8 4 4 0 589 681 86.49 16
7 Inner West Magpies 8 3 4 1 560 622 90.03 14
8 Manly Warringah Wolves 8 2 6 0 426 655 65.04 8
9 East Coast Eagles 8 1 7 0 405 631 64.18 4
10 Camden Cats 8 0 8 0 276 1181 23.37 0

EAGALS Remain Undefeated With Win Over Penno

There are two very special dates every East Coast side circles on the calendar each year. Of course, I am talking about the match-ups against our arch rivals Pennnat Hills Demons.

Whilst the annual Back-2-Baulko fiesta will take place later this year, this past weekend saw the two clubs first meeting of the season, on Penno’s home turf at Mike Kenny Oval in Cherrybrook.

The Demons have been struggling in the Women’s Premier Division competition, whilst we have been rolling. We were undefeated going into the contest, whereas Penno had only managed one victory. Thus, the stats would show this should have been an easy victory for us.

Alas, not.

As is typical at Mike Kenny Oval, there was plenty of wind around. I don’t know about you, but I would rather play in pelting rain, compared to swirling wind, such is the frustration of windy conditions. The weather was almost certainly going to play a big role in the outcome of the game.

This was a Topsy-turvy game all things considered, as both sides lead at different times of the game, with Penno gaining the scoreboard advantage after a scrappy first-quarter, as they lead by 6 points. Perhaps, we underrated our opponents going into the game, or we were just not playing to our high standards. Either way, we had to acknowledge Penno had lifted for this local derby, and we had to follow suit.

That we did, as we quickly regained the lead once we kicked towards the end favoured by the wind. We gained the overwhelming momentum in the second quarter, enjoying a 20 point lead at Half-Time. Our EAGALS used their superior pace and skill to really get on top of the contest.

Penno came back firing in the 3rd quarter, not laying down at all, kicking 3 goals to 1, narrowing the margin to 8 points. They were truly giving it everything they had against us, the competition heavyweights.

We needed to respond in the final term, to close out a victory.

In the end, we should of won by more, kicking 1.5 in the last quarter, but after such a scrappy game we didn’t mind too much. Penno couldn’t trouble to scoreboard kicking against the wind in the last, as we won by a 19 point margin.

Coach Ash Moeller maintained that this was not our best game, playing “nowhere near our best footy”, but you need to lock these wins away sometimes. A win is a win after all.

In saying that, after a ton of easier wins this season, it was good for our EAGALS to be challenged like this, with our resolve shining through to comeback and get the win. This result also adds to our unbeaten run to start 2021, which now sits at 8-0.

Renee Tomkins was tremendous playing a pinch-hitting Ruck role, with our usual Rucks Em Hurley and Abbey Martin out. Rylee McGartland added 3 more goals to her season tally. Also with strong performances was the skillful Tarni Evans kicking a goal, as did dynamic forwards Georgie Fowler and Maddi Finch. Caiti Rogers was also in fine form, in her milestone 50th game. Congrats Caiti!

With Ladies Day next week, you can bet our EAGALS will be pumped to go 9-0 against Sydney Uni.

Watch This Space.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Pennant Hills Demons 1.1-7 1.1-7 4.1-25 4.1-25
East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 4.3-27 5.3-33 6.8-44

Pennant Hills Demons

Goal Kickers: N. Pajor 2, B. Wade 2
Best Players: H. Lowe, A. Wade, B. Wade, K. Quinlan, N. Pajor, T. Duguid
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: R. McGartland 3, G. Fowler, M. Finch, T. Evans
Best Players: R. Tomkins, M. Ferguson, A. Barton, N. Gray, S. Hall, C. Rogers
2021 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 8
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 East Coast Eagles 8 8 0 0 594 147 404.08 32
2 Manly Warringah Wolves 8 7 1 0 482 199 242.21 28
3 Southern Power 8 6 2 0 330 243 135.80 24
4 Inner West Magpies 8 5 3 0 446 206 216.50 20
5 North Shore Bombers 8 5 3 0 323 264 122.35 20
6 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 8 4 4 0 210 403 52.11 16
7 Sydney University 8 3 5 0 207 326 63.50 12
8 Pennant Hills Demons 8 1 7 0 245 393 62.34 4
9 UTS Australian Football Club 8 1 7 0 186 504 36.90 4
10 Macquarie University 8 0 8 0 143 481 29.73 0

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 8

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Outplayed By Ferocious Demons

There are some days in footy, when the ball just does not bounce your way, and the gods aren’t on your side. Round 8 was one of those days for our Magoos. Coming up against a tough and gritty Pennant Hills Demons side at their home ground in Cherrybrook, the arch rival Demons were pumped for the contest. Unfortunately, we couldn’t match them consistently for four quarters. We were hard at the footy for much of the contest, but created too many turnovers, hindering our ability to do any damage on the scoreboard. Down 38 points at Half-Time, Penno kicked into second gear in the third quarter, extending the margin to 73 points. We won the final term, kicking our only two goals for the game through workhorse Ruckman Alex Foxall, and enigmatic forward Alex Ross, however Penno were comfotrbale winners on the day.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 2.9.21 to PHD 12.12.84

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Continue Hot Streak By Crushing Local Rival

Our Div 1 EAGALS have won 4 on the trot now, celebrating their perfect month of footy with a brutal win over Penno. Seriously, how good is beating Penno. Sitting at opposite ends of the table going into the game, East Coast were the heavy favourites to beat the Demons in this match, and it quickly became apparent that Penno would be no match for our EAGALS. We were in cruise control for much of the match, reflecting how dominant we were in every facet of the game. We lead by 18 points at Quarter-Time, and Penno kicked their only goal in the second quarter, but we were in front by 30 at the main break. The carnage continued in the second half, with our EAGALS completely outclassing the arch rival to win by 59 points, in an extremely impressive result for the side. Casey Haydon was remarkable in a BOG performance, kicking 5 goals.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.11.65 to PHD 1.0.6

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125759168&c=1-1047-0-586291-0&pool=1

Under 19’s Division One – East Coast Win Bruising Battle Against Penno

Intense. Tension-Filled. Brutal. Enthralling. These are just some adjectives which can be used to describe the fierce war that took place on Saturday Night between our Eagle U19s and Pennant Hills. These young blokes had plenty of steam to blow off, and boy they didn’t hold back. Both sides needed to win this game, and you could tell by the contest’s ferocity. We led at every quarter break, the largest margin being 20 points at Half-Time. However, Penno came back hard in the 3rd quarter, narrowing the margin to just 3 points. The final quarter was edge of your seat stuff, a showdown for the ages. It was back and forth, neither side giving in, and the hits became more and more physical. When the final siren sounded, our boys were on top by 8 points, thanks to two unbelievable final quarter goals, which brought our supporters to their feet and promptly silenced those of the Penno fans. Celebrating with the loudest team song I have ever witnessed, our Eagle young guns were worthy winners, in a result which hopefully sets up a massive second half of the season for us.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.5.53 to PHD 6.9.45

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Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Go Down Against In Form Magpies

As the only East Coast side not playing Penno in Round 8, our Div 4 EAGALS were at home aiming to Protect The Nest against South West Sydney. Although the trouble was, the Magpies are in some brilliant form. We knew this was going to be a hard game for us, and the Magpies really brought the fight from the get go, kicking the only goal of the first half to lead by 6 points at Half-Time. Unfortunately, we could not match them in the Premiership 3rd quarter, as the Magpies took control of the game and applied too much scoreboard pressure to combat. We were unable to convert on our chances in front of goal, kicking only 5 behinds for the match. Not the result we wanted, but we will bounce back and look to return to form next week on Ladies Day at Kanebridge.

FINAL SCORE: SWSM 4.5.29 to ECE 0.5.5

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Men’s Division Two – Eagles Into Second Spot After Destroying Pennant Hills

The Div 2 boys got the Main Event slot at Penno this weekend, having to wait until 4pm to do their damage on a Penno outfit which better resembled a bunch of Browns Cows, rather than a footy team. Simply put, we were the far more keen side, and we let it show in our footy, as we were constantly first to the ball and the better team skillfully. This has been our best season to date under Coach Michael Lambert, and the footy his side is playing continues to shine each and every week. We are finally getting the blend right, between youth and experience but also between size and skill. Penno were no match for us, as we keep increasing the margin as the game went on, eventually winning by 59 points. Stalwart Timmy Physick kicked 3 goals, as goal-sneaks Lachlan Jansen and Ben Bridie (No Seriously!) kicked 2 each. Midfield/Half-Back utilities Troy Jones and Alex Colli were again fantastic, as the best on ground for us. We now sit 2nd on the table, hunting down first place with a vengeance.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 13.9.87 to PHD 4.4.28

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125758760&c=1-1047-0-586283-0&pool=1

Will Cashmore

Eagles Battle Hard But Fall Short Against Unbeaten North Shore

The theme of the week at East Coast was to enjoy our footy. Whether it was at training or on gameday, enjoying the game we love and being around our mates was the prime focus heading into a matchup against the table topping, undefeated North Shore Bombers.

For our Prems boys, its been a difficult start to the season, with a tall injury list really hurting our ability to gain consistent cohesion through the ranks. Nonetheless, there is no side that we don’t give ourselves a chance against.

North Shore are flying high right now, and no one would have given us a chance outside our quarters to win this game, but that didn’t faze us. We could not wait to face the competition benchmark. It was another important game for us with an 11th debutant Bailey Beattie getting a crack, and he did not look out of place at this level.

Our first quarter was impressive, kicking off the game in fine fashion with strong tackling intent. We all know how North Shore play, they love to get the ball out the back of the contest and penetrate defences through the corridor, but such was the strength of our pressure that they were limited in these opportunities early. We were able to hit up forwards Inside 50 in the first term as well, building a very good start to trail by 10 points at Quarter-Time.

Unfortunately, as has been the case for much of this season, injuries caught us out once again in the 2nd term. We had plenty of sore bodies, which reduced our rotations in the second half, and with fatigue setting in many would have expected North Shore to roll over us. However, we stayed in the fight, winning the stoppage count and keeping the pressure up as the Bombers extended their lead to 19 points at Half-Time.

In the second half, we kicked into many turnovers, and with the speed of North Shore these were extra difficult to defend, leading to a 4 goal to 1 quarter in their favour. No one said this game would be easy, and it was during this period where North Shore proved why they truly our competition heavyweights. We were down by 42 at 3QT.

Once again, against tough odds we showcased our hardened spirit, and were not willing to die easy. We made North Shore earn every inch, and took a ton of positives out of the game. 52 points was the final margin, but the signs are there to prove that this side has a bright future ahead of them. It’s just about putting the pieces together, and with a bit of luck on the injury front I have no doubt we can get there.

Bailey Stewart was again strong as was Karl Merson up forward and through the midfield, but it was young Corey Dowle who had a breakout performance, shutting down Bombers key forward Jamie Vlatko, a man much taller than Dowle, and turning in an all-round back-flank masterclass.

We turn our attentions now to a huge grudge match against arch rivals Pennant Hills Demons this coming weekend.

This one won’t be for the faint hearted.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 2.1-13 3.3-21 3.6-24 4.8-32
North Shore Bombers 3.4-22 5.10-40 9.12-66 11.18-84

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: N. Coxall, S. O’Connor, T. Zdrilic, T. Organ
Best Players: C. Dowle, B. Stewart, K. Merson, A. Edwards, B. Coxall, J. Cutting
North Shore Bombers
Goal Kickers: M. Gugger 3, J. Vlatko 2, N. Campbell 2, N. Hill, T. Drum, S. Barkley, T. Weston
Best Players: J. Veale, R. Kilpatrick, J. Rayner, S. Barkley, J. Woodman, M. Crisafulli
2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 7
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 7 7 0 0 666 267 249.44 28
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 7 6 1 0 794 302 262.91 24
3 Sydney University 7 4 2 1 558 413 135.11 18
4 Pennant Hills Demons 7 4 3 0 530 471 112.53 16
5 UTS Australian Football Club 7 4 3 0 551 569 96.84 16
6 Inner West Magpies 7 3 3 1 498 540 92.22 14
7 St George Dragons 7 3 4 0 601 544 110.48 12
8 Manly Warringah Wolves 7 2 5 0 396 549 72.13 8
9 East Coast Eagles 7 1 6 0 373 537 69.46 4
10 Camden Cats 7 0 7 0 237 1012 23.42 0