EAGALS Lose Out In Preliminary Final Battle Of The Birds

Finals footy is about rising to the occasion. Despite a four quarter effort and a never say die attitude, our EAGALS could not pull out the victory against an aggressive Inner Wests Magpies outfit.

After a slim loss to Manly last week in the first Grand Final Qualifier, East Coast ventured to Henson Park for their final bite of the cherry. It was do or die footy, with a spot in the big dance on the line. There was no tommorow for the loser.

Adding even more gravitas to the narrative, Inner Wests Magpies was one of only two sides to beat our EAGALS in the home and away season, back in Round 1.

The Magpies play a bruising style of footy. They really throw their weight around, and seek to use momentum to their advantage. We had to counter that if we wanted to secure a Grand Final berth.

The first quarter was a tough affair, both sides had plenty of the footy yet neither could kick a goal. The EAGALS struggled with forward 50 entries, despite their strong ability to earn clearances.

With a score of just 2-1 at Quarter-Time, we were only just behind in this stalemate.

Both sides returned to the field fired up, and after Inner Wests worked their way towards their goal, our defence faltered for only a second, as the Magpies scrambled to kick the first goal of the day.

Never fear EAGAL fans, as it wasn’t too long until we got one back through Shannon Smit. Smit was able to capitalize on a fortunate 50 metre free kick, before roosting one from 30 out straight through the sticks at the carpark end, before launching into a fired up celebration to pump up the side.

A stalemate resumed after this, and the scores were locked at 8-8 going into half-time.

The old saying in footy goes: The 3rd Quarter is the Premiership Quarter. Boy how this was proven true on Saturday.

Inner Wests came out of the blocks determined to make their move. As they won the clearance battle and made few mistakes with their skills, the Magpies began to run away with the game. The EAGALS lost key players to injuries, and it began to unravel for us. Down 40-8 at 3QT, we needed a response and quick.

Kicking with the wind in the final quarter, we had to go straight away; and we did. Skipper Sarah Ford went to her danger zone, and led her side back into the battle in an inspired effort. Ford, Georgia Garnett and Em Hurley kicked three rapid goals in a flurry to bring the game back to life.

Inner Wests were flustered but they regained footing, and played a very defensive game from here on out. They were hanging by a thread, all they could do was try and hold on.

It was a fantastic game of footy for the final 10 minutes, but time was fast running out.

We never gave up, our hearts were always in it, but alas the siren sounded and the EAGALS were still behind.

Inner Wests got the job done, and ran out 14 point winners, booking their spot in an intriguing 2020 Grand Final against Manly.

As mentioned Sarah Ford and Shannon Smit were unbelievable, with both throwing themselves into every contest with incredible desire for the footy, especially when Smit became the makeshift Ruckman late. Ally Dallaway and Georgia Garnett were additionally tremendous, showcasing a strong skill set and hunger for the footy all over the ground.

It wasn’t to be in 2020, but wow what a year it has been.

The entire East Coast Eagles family commend and applaud our EAGALS on their achievements this season, as they continue to show why they are one of the best endorsement for women’s sport in our community.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 1.2-8 1.2-8 4.3-27
Inner West Magpies 0.2-2 1.2-8 6.4-40 6.5-41
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: G. Garnett, E. Hurley, S. Ford, S. Smit
Best Players: G. Garnett, A. Dallaway, C. Arndt, S. Ford, S. Smit, B. Hourigan
Inner West Magpies
Goal Kickers: R. Privitelli 3, L. Lodge 2, M. Ekman
Best Players: L. Kassem, E. Heads, M. Convery, R. Privitelli, M. Montgomerie, L. Lodge

Finals Footy Roars At Kanebridge But EAGALS Lose A Close One

It had the potential to be one of the greatest games ever seen at Kanebridge Oval. Although difficult conditions, namely frustrating winds, prevented the contest from reaching its apex, this Grand Final Qualifier was still an outstanding battle between two sides desperate for a win.

The EAGALS had the ball in their court. A home semi-final against Minor Premiers Manly, and a returning EAGAL in Em Goodsir, where the winner would launch into a Grand Final.

“We Never Lose At Home” was the message of motivation for the EAGALS in the sheds prior to the game, a true fact, since our Premier Division Women had yet to be beaten at home in 2020. There was a job to do, and it was up to our EAGALS to complete their mission.

As mentioned, frustrating winds kept both teams at bay early, making it increasingly challenging to hit targets with the boot and put together too many strong passages of play. Straight out of the gate, it became clear that this contest would be a grind for four quarters, with goals coming at a premium.

Despite the conditions, Manly were able to win the first clearance and quickly enter Inside 50, before kicking the first goal of the game. The EAGALS looked for a response all quarter, with midfielder Ally Dallaway impressing with her run and speed through the middle part of the ground to provide her forwards with scoring opportunities. Shannon Smit was also playing a massive role, throwing herself at every contest and becoming a real strong marking presence up front. Unfortunately, still we couldn’t find a goal and went into Quarter-Time down by 5 points.

We went into the next term determined to get back on top. Em Hurley was awarded a free kick and slotted our first goal of the day, before Manly countered with a major of their own. It was tough going for our EAGALS, with unfortunate injuries beginning to affect structures, making it a challenge to keep focused and switched on at times. Nevertheless, we were right in the game at half-time as Manly kept their 5 point lead.

The 3rd quarter had to be our best, as this is the time where the big games are won and lost. We gained first momentum, and were on song defensively, becoming a fortress with Renee Tomkins running the show and destroying anyone who came near. Manly defended well themselves, but after a build-up of untidy errors from the opposition, Georgina Fowler took advantage and kicked our second goal. Still, Manly kept the lead at 3QT, 6 points up.

The final term took an age, with multiple Manly injuries causing a halt in play, and even the boundary umpire unfortunately going down injured. Therefore, it was hard to get any real rhythm going, but the ball started moving faster than it had all game. The game saw plenty of stoppages late, with both teams looking for a crucial goal. However, it never came and after a scoreless final quarter, Manly did enough to win by 6 points and book themselves a Grand Final spot.

We stayed in the fight for four quarters, but could just never cling to a lead long enough to get us over the line. It was a heartbreaker, but we have no time for moping because we thankfully get a second bite of the cherry next week.

Henson Park will be the scene, 1:10 the time.

It will the EAGALS vs Inner Wests Magpies in a Preliminary Final Showdown. Winner goes to the big dance, loser goes home empty handed.

It’ll be an intriguing battle considering Inner Wests won the previous matchup in Round 1 earlier this season.

If you bleed Blue and Gold like our EAGALS, then make sure you’re there in support.

Will Cashmore
FINAL SCORE Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Manly Warringah Wolves 1.0-6 2.1-13 3.2-20 3.2-20
East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 1.2-8 2.2-14 2.2-14
Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers: J. Doyle, H. Graham, C. Johnson
Best Players: C. Johnson, A. Roditis, J. Layton, H. Graham, E. Goodsir , E. Graham
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: G. Fowler, E. Hurley
Best Players: A. Dallaway, S. Ford, B. Tarrant, B. Parker, R. Tomkins, B. Hourigan

EAGALS Show Their Might And Knock Off Southern Power

Can you smell it in the air?

Finals Footy baby, it’s here.

There is no better month in footy, then when the finals series rolls around, and in this year’s Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Competition, five teams headed into finals all looking to make an impact.

For our EAGALS the task was simple:

  • Beat Southern Power, and go on to book a date with Manly at home in a Grand Final Qualifier.

Or…..

  • Lose to Southern Power, and face either Inner Wests Magpies or North Shore Bombers (the only two sides we did not beat in the Home and Away season) in an Elimination Semi-Final.

With the added occasion of finals, there was an enhanced degree of pressure imposed on East Coast approaching the game, knowing full well they were meeting a fired up Power army from the South.

However, I firmly believe that finals footy it is not about the skill.

If you weren’t a skilful footy side, you wouldn’t be in finals. To win finals footy, you have to want it more than your opponent in every facet of the game. You’ve got to find that extra effort to go all the way.

In all the drama and excitement of finals footy, we also welcomed an EAGAL debutant, with athletic forward Abbey Martin earning her first Prems Jersey. Hell bent on kicking off her Prems Career in style, Martin kicked the first goal of the game, letting Southern Power know she was here to make a statement.

Elsewhere, East Coast looked to play a physical brand of footy and intimidate their opponents. To see proof of this, look no further then EAGAL Ruckman Em Hurley’s brutal hip and shoulder to one poor Southern Power soul. The poor girl was rattled, but this didn’t led to EAGAL domination straight away.

On a whole, the first quarter saw a lack of consistent connection amongst the EAGALS, with Southern Power winning tons of hard footy right under our noses to apply forward pressure. Brenna Tarrant, Bailee Hourgian and Renee Tomkins were outstanding in defence nonetheless, collecting plenty of crucial intercept and rebounding possessions.

7 all at QT.

It was an arm wrestle going forward, with momentum so hard to capture for long periods. Both sides looked to use their speed through the midfield to gain an advantage, and East Coast took the bogey lead into half-time by just 13 points. It would take some strong leadership from senior EAGALS to get the W.

The Premiership 3rd Quarter was a tantalizing contest, personifying the back and forth notion that so often appears in finals footy. Southern Power looked to make their move, kicking three goals to East Coast’s two, but their inaccuracy in front of goal let the EAGALS off the hook as we tired defensively. With a 5 point lead at 3QT, it was there for the taking for both sides.

As bodies began to cramp up, we gritted our teeth and pulled together for one final surge. We knew what lay ahead, and what a victory would mean. We had that added desire, determination and dedication and we would not let this game slip. We powered home against a Southern Power side who lacked power late, winning by 23 points.

Georgina Fowler played her best game of the season, as the wiry young speedster kicked two goals whilst wreaking havoc in the forward line. Sarah Ford played a real captains knock, and debutant Abbey Martin starred with 3 goals.

As mentioned above, we now face Manly at our Kanebridge Oval home next week with the winner going through to the Grand Final, and the loser getting one more bite of the cherry. Believe me, we could be about to bear witness to one of the best games of footy Kanebridge Oval has ever seen. Make sure you get down there, to witness our EAGALS play for a spot in the big dance.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 1.1-7 3.2-20 5.4-34 8.6-54
Southern Power 1.1-7 1.1-7 4.5-29 4.7-31
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: A. Martin 3, G. Fowler 2, C. Arndt, E. Wilson, E. Hurley
Best Players: G. Fowler, S. Ford, R. Tomkins, A. Martin, A. Dallaway, B. Tarrant
Southern Power
Goal Kickers: C. Davidson, A. McClure, L. Holdsworth, E. Eaves
Best Players: N. Murray, R. Sargent-Wilson, B. Mowbray, J. Whelan, B. McGuire, M. Smith

EAGALS Secure a Top Two Finals Berth By Destroying UTS

The EAGALS are flying the flag for East Coast in 2020, and we could not be more proud.

Coming into their Round 9 game, a top two finals spot was on the line, but they had to win big. They had to win big, and they had to play for four quarters, in what was a dry run of sorts for finals next week.

UTS were always going to come to play, but East Coast stamped their authority from the moment the siren sounded.

Saturday Night Footy was on!

It looked like a completely different side on Saturday night. Sure the personnel was largely similar to usual, however there was a fire in the eyes across the team, you could just tell we had that desire and determination to dominate.

We were doing the 1%’s, spoiling, smothering and most notably tackling with furious aggression around the ground. UTS had some chances to go forward, but Georgia Garnett and Renee Tomkins led a repelling backline marvelously, as UTS only managed three shots on goal all evening.

The first quarter was a brutal affair, both on the field and scoreboard. The EAGALS led by 30 points at Quarter-Time, and showed no signs of slowing down.

We were hell bent on winning the footy, displaying multiple second and third efforts at the contest. Not to mention, our skills were elite all over the park. It was just smooth viewing from the stands, as onlookers noticed how well the pieces seemed to be coming together for this side. 52 points up with a half to play, and were were keen to keep that margin ticking over.

East Coast sent more pain UTS’s way in the third, booting home four more goals, before rounding out the 90 point victory with a classy final quarter which saw UTS held to zero.

Brenna Tarrant was again strong, kicking 3 majors, demonstrating an important forward presence. Additionally, four players kicked 2 each – Georgina Fowler, Liz Wilson, Sarah Ford, and Chloe Arndt, who showed a handy ability to play a role up forward, alongside her typically trusty form on ball and down back.

This win sets up an epic showdown with Southern Power next week in the first week of finals. Our EAGALS have now gained a top two spot in back-to-back seasons, securing a double bite of the cherry in the finals series. The EAGALS could take one more giant leap towards another Grand Final with victory here, making this contest even more intriguing.

We are on raging fire at the perfect time of year, but we should not and will not rest on our laurels. The job is well and truly not done.

Coach Peter Steer will need too keep his side focused and ready for this coming weekend.

Get down to Henson Park this Saturday afternoon at 1pm. There will be plenty of fireworks and passion as our EAGALS face off against Southern Power in finals footy. Good luck team.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 5.1-31 9.5-59 13.7-85 15.13-103
UTS Australian Football Club 0.1-1 1.1-7 2.1-13 2.1-13
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers:B. Tarrant 3, G. Fowler 2, C. Arndt 2, E. Wilson 2, S. Ford 2, K. Bolster, I. Gow, B. Parker, S. Smit
Best Players:S. Ford, G. Garnett, A. Dallaway, G. Fowler, B. Tarrant, R. Tomkins
UTS Australian Football Club
Goal Kickers:M. Lindsay , J. Quade
Best Players: M. Lindsay , C. Gunjaca, A. Amberg, G. Hill, S. Goldrick, E. Donnelly
2020 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Home And Away Season
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 Manly Warringah Wolves 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 445 154 288.96 88.89
2 East Coast Eagles 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 472 180 262.22 77.78
3 Southern Power 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 388 181 214.36 77.78
4 North Shore Bombers 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 375 147 255.10 66.67
5 Inner West Magpies 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 443 222 199.55 66.67
6 Sydney University 9 5 4 0 0 0 0 269 268 100.37 55.56
7 Pennant Hills Demons 9 2 7 0 0 0 0 228 412 55.34 22.22
8 UTS Australian Football Club 9 1 7 1 0 0 0 162 474 34.18 16.67
9 Macquarie University 9 1 7 1 0 0 0 96 364 26.37 16.67
10 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 9 1 8 0 0 0 0 113 589 19.19 11.1

Eagles Young Stars Run Riot In Thrashing Victory Over UTS

The young future of our footy club shined brightest on Saturday, as our young brigade played an unbelievable hand in a thumping of UTS to close out an underwhelming 2020 season.

With one eye firmly on the future in the makeup of our Round 9 side, Coach Mick Sankey placed plenty of faith in our Under 19s program picking six Under 19s eligible players, two of which – Keegan Brady and Ethan Grace making their debut.

Coming up against a UTS side which hadn’t won all season, the game was a battle of the bottom two sides, and East Coast were hell bent on putting 2020 behind them with a win. However, no side wants to go through an entire season, no matter how shortened, without a win so we expected a gallant and game UTS outfit to turn up.

We started hot, with our midfield singing early sending the footy deep inside 50, leading to four unanswered goals to kick off the game. Winning has not been a habit at East Coast this season, and we have tended to drift in and out of games at times. This happened again on Saturday, as the first quarter evened up towards the end with UTS hitting back on the scoreboard, nailing three quick goals. The Eagles needed to grab the momentum back once the second quarter resumed, to prevent a boilover.

UTS came hard, snagging the first goal of the term to hit the front, leading by 3 points. This was where the form rise stopped for the visitors.

From here it was all one-way traffic for East Coast, as we put the cleaners through our opponents to the tune of nine straight goals to lead by 54 points. The pressure was first class, and the vision Inside 50 was sensational. Finally we were seeing how damaging East Coast could be in 2020, and the Kanebridge Oval crowd were loving it.

Even more pleasing is the fact that 12 players were under the age of 22, an incredible number, further proving that despite a number of disappointing results this season, that our crop of talent has the future in good health.

Stuart Turner was in blistering form in the second half, leading the riot alongside young weapon Cam Edwards, as the damage kept coming on the scoreboard for UTS. You could not keep the ball out of our forward 50 in the second half, as the Eagles registered a further 18 scoring shots, nine goals and nine behinds each.

UTS had nothing left, yet East Coast seemed like they could have played and dominated for another two quarters. We had a spring in our step, with so much youth brings speed and agility, something UTS just could not keep up with.

As mentioned, Stu Turner was phenomenal, kicking 7 goals at Centre Half-Forward. Cam Edwards was a true best on ground, as the young midfielder/forward showed why if he stayed fit all season, he could be a real shout to win a league rising star or even greater honours in the future. Speaking of rising stars – Cam Wilson, Kyle Spencer and Ethan Grace were all magnificent, as was debuting Ruckman Jalen Timms.

Winning by 95 points is a great way to end any season, but for East Coast it comes at an even more positive time, considering the challenges presented by the uncertain COVID Pandemic, an evergrowing injury toll and a mid-season coaching change. Although when you look at the young side we put out on the weekend, and see the result, then it means something great is brewing here.

It wasn’t our year season, but Round 9 was our day. Congrats boys on a great finish to the season.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 4.2-26 13.6-84 17.9-111 22.15-147
UTS Australian Football Club 3.5-23 4.6-30 4.10-34 7.10-52
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers:S. Turner 7, C. Edwards 4, J. Vlatko 3, E. Grace 2, K. Spencer 2, A. Drinkwater, K. Emery, A. Lefevre, C. Wood
Best Players:C. Edwards, S. Turner, A. Savage, K. Spencer, C. Wilson, E. Grace
UTS Australian Football Club
Goal Kickers: A. Pretto 2, D. Gordon 2, T. Allen, T. Gosper, S. Seddon
Best Players: A. Pretto, X. Barry-Murphy, K. Emley, M. Leddy, L. McIntyre, T. Bevan-Shannon
2020 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Home And Away Season
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 North Shore Bombers 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 1073 318 337.42 100.00
2 Sydney University 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 1053 419 251.31 88.89
3 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 1126 421 267.46 77.78
4 Pennant Hills Demons 9 5 4 0 0 0 0 889 513 173.29 55.56
5 St George Dragons 9 5 4 0 0 0 0 876 540 162.22 55.56
6 Inner West Magpies 9 5 4 0 0 0 0 620 744 83.33 55.56
7 East Coast Eagles 9 2 7 0 0 0 0 568 820 69.27 22.22
8 Manly Warringah Wolves 9 2 7 0 0 0 0 437 938 46.59 22.22
9 Camden Cats 9 2 7 0 0 0 0 389 1154 33.71 22.22
10 UTS Australian Football Club 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 290 1454 19.94 0.00

EAGALS Have A Party And Annihilate Demon Rivals

Nothing AND I MEAN NOTHING, was going to stand in the East Coast EAGALS way on Back to Baulko day this past weekend.

East Coast were ready for war, but it quickly became apparent that they were going to be the better side, giving Pennant Hills a bath in a thumping 59 point victory.

Looking for back-to-back wins, it was crucial that we kept focused and our eyes on the prize. With finals footy beckoning, there is no room for complacency, and despite going into the game as favourites we still had to get the job done.

Pennant Hills love to bring the fight to the Eagles and gals, no matter which division, and there is always plenty of tension at bay when these matchups occur.

Whilst there were plenty of big hits and fiery contests throughout the match, the real damage was done on the scoreboard, and the EAGALS started the party early.

Kicking away in the first term, East Coast worked hard to win the footy out of the middle and put pressure on Demon defenders, as our Inside 50 count grew very quickly. Our pattern of play was outstanding at times, but it was our defence which once again proved to be the backbone, as Pennant Hills were held to nil in the first quarter.

The second term soon became a case of: Different quarter, Same Story, as our backline were ruthless in keeping their rivals to no shots on goal for a half of footy, whilst our forwards extended the lead. Only inaccurate kicking kept Penno in the game, albeit slightly, as the EAGALS led 34-0 at half-time.

East Coast had all the momentum however, and there was no way we were going to give the Demons a sniff, and with better execution on goal, we continued the dominance.

The party started early for East Coast, and rolled on for four quarters, as we had plenty to celebrate after a 60-1 win over our greatest rivals.

I must sound like a broken record, but Georgia Garnett was once again at the top of her game, not letting the occasion get to her, as skipper Sarah Ford was as inspirational as always. Em Hurley deserves a mention for her 2 goal performance, whilst Bailee Hourigan was on fire down back, taking vital intercept marks which kept Penno on the back foot.

Well done EAGALS, finals are coming and with one last game next week against UTS before we get down to business, we seem to be peaking at the perfect time.

There really is nothing sweeter then beating Penno!

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

East Coast Eagles 2.4-16 4.10-34 6.11-47 8.12-60
Pennant Hills Demons 0.0 0.0 0.1-1 0.1-1
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: B. Tarrant 2, E. Hurley 2, E. Wilson, L. Moran, S. Ford, A. Dallaway
Best Players: G. Garnett, S. Ford, B. Hourigan, A. Dallaway, B. Parker, B. Tarrant
Pennant Hills Demons
Best Players: E. Rugg, E. Gordon, H. Lowe, M. Hare, K. Quinlan, A. Wade
2020 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 8
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 Manly Warringah Wolves 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 382 134 285.07 87.50
2 Southern Power 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 352 154 228.57 75.00
3 Inner West Magpies 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 416 186 223.66 75.00
4 East Coast Eagles 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 369 167 220.96 75.00
5 North Shore Bombers 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 344 129 266.67 62.50
6 Sydney University 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 251 237 105.91 62.50
7 Pennant Hills Demons 8 2 6 0 0 0 0 208 349 59.60 25.00
8 UTS Australian Football Club 8 1 6 1 0 0 0 149 371 40.16 18.75
9 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 8 1 7 0 0 0 0 100 561 17.83 12.50
10 Macquarie University 8 0 7 1 0 0 0 68 351 19.37 6.25

Demons Get The Win On Derby Day

It was one of the great days in the history of our club.

Sure not all the results went our way, but in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic that is still having a tremendous impact on society, we were still able to celebrate our traditional Back to Baulko Day in style.

With club stalwart Tim Physick playing game number 434 in the early morning Division Two match, a new record in the history of the Baulkham Hills/East Coast Eagles football clubs, it was building up to be a special day.

Unfortunately, our Men’s Premier Division couldn’t get the job done, facing off against a red-hot Pennant Hills side that are always dangerous towards the back end of a season.

There was plenty of fire and passion across the two sides, as there often is when they meet on this day. Back to Baulko is no joke, and neither is this rivalry. Both sides were out to make a statement, and flex their muscle.

The first quarter was a dogged affair, as the Demons looked to get on top early, but were unable to maintain momentum for long patches. East Coast stayed in the fight but were ruing skill errors, which hindered their ability to put on any real scoreboard pressure.

East Coast had a young side on the park, and with no less than 9 players who donned the heritage Baulkham Hills Falcons jersey under the age of 21, producing a consistent four-quarter performance was going to tough. As more mistakes creeped into East Coast’s game, Pennant Hills began to smell blood in the water, and took a 19 point lead into the half-time break.

Coming into a feisty Kanebridge Oval environment as the enemy, must place plenty of pressure on a footy team as hated as the Demons are in Eagle territory. Lucky for them however, the Pennant Hills army weathered the storm perfectly, and piled on the pain in the second half. The Eagles never gave up chase, the cue was never put in the rack, but Penno were the clear better side in the Premiership quarter, leading by 43 points at 3QT.

The Demons finished off their win, kicking 6 more goals to East Coast’s zero in the final term. Pennant Hills showcased why they are always a threat as finals footy approaches, and cleaned up on Back to Baulko day, running away with the result by 80 points.

Cam Edwards and Eddie Cole were magnificent in a losing side, priding themselves on using their quick speed and silky skills to put their team on the front foot, whilst Josh Cutting played a very useful utility role. Debutant Kyle Spencer also played well, proving once again the future is bright for East Coast, with more debuts likely to come next week.

It wasn’t to be for our Eagles on this Back to Baulko day, and with one more hitout next week at home against UTS, we will need a big effort to get another victory.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

East Coast Eagles 1.2-8 3.2-20 3.4-22 3.7-25
Pennant Hills Demons 1.5-11 5.9-39 9.11-65 15.15-105
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: D. Saywell, A. Drinkwater, J. Vlatko
Best Players: C. Edwards, E. Cole, J. Dimery, L. Waters, A. Drinkwater, J. Cutting
Pennant Hills Demons
Goal Kickers: M. Preen 5, J. Stern 3, M. Sheather 2, J. Peatling, T. Widmer, T. Moraitis, M. Carey, B. Campbell
Best Players: C. Allison, M. Sheather, M. Preen, J. Peatling, T. Wales, C. Owen-Auburn
2020 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 8
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 North Shore Bombers 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 967 252 383.73 100.00
2 Sydney University 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 987 313 315.34 100.00
3 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 1011 370 273.24 75.00
4 St George Dragons 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 825 425 194.12 62.50
5 Pennant Hills Demons 8 4 4 0 0 0 0 759 449 169.04 50.00
6 Inner West Magpies 8 4 4 0 0 0 0 485 696 69.68 50.00
7 Manly Warringah Wolves 8 2 6 0 0 0 0 373 808 46.16 25.00
8 Camden Cats 8 2 6 0 0 0 0 341 1019 33.46 25.00
9 East Coast Eagles 8 1 7 0 0 0 0 421 768 54.82 12.50
10 UTS Australian Football Club 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 238 1307 18.21 0.00

EAGALS Bring The Heat And Humble Manly In Smashing Victory

Staring the barrel of back-to-back losses was a very plausible possibility for our Premier Division EAGALS. After a surprising loss to North Shore on the Gore Hill Oval AstroTurf, we travelled to Manly to face the ladder leading and undefeated Wolves.

Manly have been flying in Season 2020, undeniably the big improvers in their competition. However, unknown to them, they were coming up against a fired up East Coast squad hell bent on jumping back to the winners list.

This was going to be a true test of character for the EAGALS, and with plenty on the line, victory was essential.

From the outset, form guides were thrown out the window as it became apparent that the EAGALS wanted the footy far more than their opponents.

We were harder at it, stronger in the air, and applied ruthless tackling pressure that really shocked Manly to the core. Entering our forward 50 in the first term, we were outstanding, with Giants AFLW player Taylah Davies being the real star of the show. At the other end of the field, Georgia Garnett continued her starring season across half-back, leading the defensive unit extremely well.

We continued boosting our intimidation factor in the second quarter, blitzing Manly to devastating effect. Any neutral fan who was following this game would have thought the competition ladder must have been a typo, because our EAGALS were in destruction mode on this day.

Manly struggled to hit the scoreboard, whilst East Coast thrived in front of goal, as we took a 38-2 lead into half-time.

The goals slowed down in the second half, but our pressure around the ground did not. The Wolves had no answers across the four quarters, in what was undoubtedly East Coast’s best game of the season. We ran way with the game in the end winning by 38 points, with Davies and Garnett clear best on grounds, a 4-goal haul from Davies a real highlight.

This was a message, a warning shot to the rest of the competition. The EAGALS are back, and ready for all comers as finals footy beckons.

Next up for the EAGALS is the annual Back-2-Baulko Showdown against arch rivals Pennant Hills Demons, and I for one cannot wait to see what that has in store.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Manly Warringah Wolves 0.0 0.2-2 1.2-8 1.6-12
East Coast Eagles 2.1-13 6.2-38 7.2-44 8.2-50
Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers:S. Grant
Best Players: J. Layton, A. Carter, H. Graham, A. Roditis, J. Doyle, E. Graham
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers:T. Davies 4, G. Fowler 2, E. Wilson, B. Tarrant
Best Players: G. Garnett, B. Tarrant, T. Davies, G. Fowler, C. Arndt, B. Parker

2020 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 7

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 Manly Warringah Wolves 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 305 124 245.97 85.71
2 Southern Power 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 319 128 249.22 71.43
3 East Coast Eagles 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 309 166 186.14 71.43
4 Inner West Magpies 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 325 186 174.73 71.43
5 Sydney University 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 225 204 110.29 71.43
6 North Shore Bombers 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 312 124 251.61 57.14
7 Pennant Hills Demons 7 2 5 0 0 0 0 207 289 71.63 28.57
8 UTS Australian Football Club 7 1 5 1 0 0 0 139 294 47.28 21.43
9 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 7 1 6 0 0 0 0 100 470 21.28 14.29
10 Macquarie University 7 0 6 1 0 0 0 63 319 19.75 7.14

Wolves Clinch Victory And Stun Eagles At Weldon

Sometimes in footy, playing a team on their home ground is an entirely different beast compared to your own. The Manly Warringah Wolves are the perfect example of this in the Sydney AFL.

Weldon Oval is always a tough place to win, and quite potentially the most challenging road trip in the competition. Whether the conditions are typically windy and overcast or not, Manly just know how to win at home, no matter the form guide.

East Coast were once again reminded of this in Round 7.

Approaching this clash, the Eagles were intent on implementing a new game plan piloted by Caretaker Coach Mick Sankey. With some fresh faces in the side reflecting the clubs ambition to provide younger players with an opportunity in the top grade, the squad had a tricky matchup awaiting them.

There were some fantastic signs early in the contest, indicating that we are beginning to embrace and adapt to our new systems. However, the challenge posed to the group continues to be focused on maintaining elite habits for four quarters.

Unfortunately, the dreaded second quarter was out undoing yet again. In a game which was dominated by tough contests and stoppages, East Coast fell away in the second term, allowing Manly to dictate the play and pile on 4 goals to 1, to led by 30 points at half-time.

Behind the 8 ball, we had to get desperate, and be willing to scratch and claw our way back. After an even third quarter which saw Manly keep their 5 goal lead heading into the all-important fourth quarter, it was GAME ON.

It was a barnstorming final term, with all that watched on sitting on the edge of their seat.

East Coast were on the hunt for goals, whilst Manly did everything they could to weather the storm and snatch their first win of 2020.

We played one of our best quarters of the season to close out this game. We never let up, and didn’t say die at any point. It was just too little too late.

Unable to convert late chances on goal, we went down by 2 points in an absolute heartbreaker. Manly were jubilant, stoked beyond stoked that they’d clinched victory.

Despite the loss we had some strong players across the board. Kieran Emery went forward in the final term after an impressive performance down back, and he spearheaded our late charge becoming a towering deep target. Eddie Cole and Jack Dimery showcased why they are such key players at East Coast, delivering sensational four quarter performances. In addition, Brandon Clark was his tackle-bustling self, whilst Cam Wilson and Dan Saywell were immense in more proof that we have a strong future ahead of us.

It was a tough pill to swallow, but the group remains committed and with an upcoming Back-2-Baulko local derby battle against our greatest rivals Pennant Hills, expect a resurgent East Coast in Round 8.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

Manly Warringah Wolves 3.4-22 7.10-52 8.10-58 9.10-64
East Coast Eagles 2.3-15 3.4-22 4.5-29 9.8-62
Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers: A. Butler 2, T. Rogers, A. Adams, J. McMeeken, A. Fraser, M. Rogers, C. Wilson, T. Tenkyong
Best Players: T. Sheldrick, M. Rogers, A. Robertson, T. Tenkyong, A. Fraser, A. Butler
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers:J. Duncan 2, J. Vlatko 2, K. Emery 2, T. Organ, E. Cole, D. Saywell
Best Players: E. Cole, J. Dimery, K. Emery, B. Clark, A. Drinkwater, D. Saywell
2020 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 7
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 North Shore Bombers 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 870 193 450.78 100.00
2 Sydney University 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 801 271 295.57 100.00
3 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 884 333 265.47 71.43
4 St George Dragons 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 766 328 233.54 71.43
5 Inner West Magpies 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 448 569 78.73 57.14
6 Pennant Hills Demons 7 3 4 0 0 0 0 654 424 154.25 42.86
7 Camden Cats 7 2 5 0 0 0 0 299 833 35.89 28.57
8 East Coast Eagles 7 1 6 0 0 0 0 396 663 59.73 14.29
9 Manly Warringah Wolves 7 1 6 0 0 0 0 247 769 32.12 14.29
10 UTS Australian Football Club 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 199 1181 16.85 0.00

Bombers Show Class Against Gallant Eagles

The Eagles Men’s Premier Division side arrived at Gore Hill Oval pumped and fired up, ready to take it to the competition heavyweights North Shore Bombers on their home deck. Fresh off defeating back-to-back premiers UNSW last week, the Bombers were in the driver’s seat, expected to soundly defeat East Coast.

East Coast had plenty to prove and straight from the first contest, our Eagles made their intentions known: that we don’t lie down for anyone.

East Coast started the game fantastically, with our structures and game plan firing in the first quarter. To keep the top team to one goal in the first quarter was a great effort, one which we aimed to carry into the second term.

North Shore are a classy outfit, they prove that week in and week out. They possess that key knowledge of how to play their style of footy, especially on their home ground, and they do not give an inch once they gain momentum. This was the story of the second quarter, as they kicked 2 goals to none, maintaining a solid 15 point lead at half-time.

As the Eagles lost some key players, with Bailey Stewart and Jordan Etto succumbing to ankle injuries, we struggled to keep pace with the Bombers, and the home side kicked away 5 goals to nil in the Premiership quarter.

The challenge for the Eagles was there from the outset, and we take plenty of positives from the pressure style of footy we played to overwhelm North Shore in the first quarter. Unfortunately we just could not keep this up for four quarters, and we were defeated by 58 points, a margin that many would believe does not reflect our improved performance.

Whilst Season 2020 has not been our most successful, the rise and climb of many of the younger players has been a real shining light. The future of the club continued to make an impact on the weekend, with Baylee Jones, Brandon Clark, Lewis Waters and Cam Wood having unreal games, proving that our future is bright.

Skipper Jamie Vlatko kicked our lone goal for the day, a tough day at the office no doubt, but one that showed plenty of promise as we head into the final third of this shortened season.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

North Shore Bombers 1.2-8 3.6-24 8.11-59 10.13-73
East Coast Eagles 1.2-8 1.3-9 1.8-14 1.9-15
North Shore Bombers
Goal Kickers: N. Campbell 4, R. Hebron 4, M. Thomas 2
Best Players: M. Marquez, J. Rayner, C. Loone, J. Mudge, C. Lappin, N. Brewer
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers:J. Vlatko
Best Players: B. Clark, L. Waters, B. Jones, E. Cole, A. Foxall, C. Wood
2020 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 6
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 North Shore Bombers 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 761 125 608.80 100.00
2 Sydney University 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 688 228 301.75 100.00
3 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 647 289 223.88 66.67
4 St George Dragons 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 545 303 179.87 66.67
5 Inner West Magpies 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 405 456 88.82 66.67
6 Pennant Hills Demons 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 586 315 186.03 50.00
7 Camden Cats 6 2 4 0 0 0 0 255 596 42.79 33.33
8 East Coast Eagles 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 334 599 55.76 16.67
9 Manly Warringah Wolves 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 183 707 25.88 0.00
10 UTS Australian Football Club 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 174 960 18.12 0.00