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
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
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

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
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
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

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


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
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
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

EAGALS Fight Off Tough Bombers Side To Remain Undefeated


That is the big story out of the weekend at East Coast, with our Premier Division EAGALS extending their perfect season record to 7 wins and 0 losses after 7 rounds of footy.

We came up against a strong North Shore Bombers side, a team who were very keen for the challenge and hoping to cause a major boilover. The Bombers are always a tough matchup in any competition, as they typically carry themselves with a winning confidence and attitude. Thus, we knew we could not afford to take this side lightly.

EAGALS Coach Ash Moeller described this contest as a “finals like game”, as there was a different feeling in this one compared to previous rounds. We have beaten sides easily in recent weeks, but this wasn’t the same opposition, we got a real fight out of North Shore. The intensity was through the roof.

The game started on fire for East Coast, with superstar goalkicker Rylee McGartland nailing a Goal Of The Year Contender from the pocket inside the first two minutes of the game. It is hard to describe other than saying it was one of the best goals I’ve seen kicked at Kanebridge for quite some time. This set the tone for a strong first quarter, where we looked to dominate stoppages. We were on top and in front by 8 points at Quarter-Time.

The game was in the balance in the second quarter, but we kept rolling and stayed in front enough to remain the better side, leading by 16 points at the main break. Our defensive structures kept us well in front, as North Shore struggled to get past our rock Renee Tomkins in defence.

We kicked it up a notch in the Premiership quarter, gaining some breathing room over the Bombers to lead by 24 points. Our attack on the footy was hard as nails, and we reaped the rewards because of it. Skills wise we were on song, and another victory was well in sight. 24 points in front at 3QT and the game was ours to lose.

We finished the game strong, kicking away in the end in a physical game of footy that ended like all the others have so far, with the EAGALS victorious, this time by slightly less than usual, but a 34 point win is nothing to sneeze at.

McGartland was impressive once again booting 4 goals, whilst our midfield were tremendous despite their Ruckman having a sizeable advantage. Ally Dallaway, Anna Barton and Chloe Arndt were amongst our best for the day, whilst Laura Moran continued her good form with two goals. Emma Scriven also played her best Prems game yet.

Another day, another win for our EAGALS. We remain unbeaten, on top of the ladder.

Who can stop us?

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 2.3-15 4.6-30 6.8-44 8.8-56
North Shore Bombers 1.1-7 2.2-14 3.2-20 3.4-22

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: R. McGartland 4, L. Moran 2, M. Finch, A. Martin
Best Players: A. Dallaway, A. Barton, R. McGartland, C. Arndt, R. Tomkins, E. Scriven
North Shore Bombers
Goal Kickers: M. Eder, M. Brydon, S. Smit
Best Players: P. Clegg, D. Carruthers, F. Dalton, K. Reynolds, Z. Hurrell, E. Matheson
2021 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After 7 Rounds
1 East Coast Eagles 7 7 0 0 550 122 450.82 28
2 Manly Warringah Wolves 7 6 1 0 416 191 217.80 24
3 Southern Power 7 6 1 0 322 177 181.92 24
4 Inner West Magpies 7 5 2 0 411 167 246.11 20
5 North Shore Bombers 7 4 3 0 284 229 124.02 16
6 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 7 3 4 0 166 360 46.11 12
7 Sydney University 7 2 5 0 179 300 59.67 8
8 Pennant Hills Demons 7 1 6 0 220 349 63.04 4
9 UTS Australian Football Club 7 1 6 0 143 460 31.09 4
10 Macquarie University 7 0 7 0 117 453 25.83 0

EAGALS Keep On Rolling With Another Demolition Job

If footy was like a Western Movie, then the EAGALS are the band of gunslingers who everyone fears.

In 2021, our Women’s Premier Division side have carried themselves with a presence, an aura of confidence, but also a beaming nature of mateship. Not only this, but when our EAGALS hit the field they play every single week, delivering the same message to the rest of the competition….

Step Up, And We Will Knock You Right Back Down.

I don’t want to float the phrase Premiership Favourites too heavily for fear of being a jinx, but let’s just say that right now our EAGALS are untouchable.

Round 6, and UTS were our next opponents. So far this season, we have proven that no matter if we are home or away, we bring the pain and get the job done. A game at Bondi in cold, windy conditions wasn’t going to phase us.

Our first half was elite, with our set structures working to a tee, taking UTS best players out of the game from the get go. We worked as an unbreakable unit, with our ball movement cutting UTS to pieces despite the swirly conditions. Everywhere you looked, our EAGALS simply outclassed UTS. No matter whether it was our forward line, led by superstar Rylee McGartland, or our backline who were well on the way to another shutout. Perhaps above all else, it was our midfield which was most impressive. Ally Dallaway, Anna Barton and Jade Swabey were on fire, winning the majority of the contests in the middle, to give their teammates the best chance of going forward. As per usual, our midfield was all held together by the super effort of commanding Ruck Em Hurley. We led by 45 at Half-Time.

We just don’t have any weak links at the current moment, and it only promises to get better.

The game was far more competitive then reflected on the scoreboard in the second half, but it was purely academic, the game was over in the first half, UTS were not coming back. A 6 goal to nil third quarter solidified a big win for our EAGALS, and the final term was goalless for both sides due to the tough conditions, but this didn’t bother us too much.

McGartland finished with 5 goals, and our backline held UTS to zero goals. Another incredible day.

We’re 6-0, and flying high on top of the table. That’s the EAGAL way.

Somebody Stop Us.

If You Can.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
UTS Australian Football Club 0.1-1 0.1-1 0.2-2 0.3-3
East Coast Eagles 4.3-27 7.4-46 13.7-85 13.9-87

UTS Australian Football Club

Best Players: T. Mackrill, A. Stramotas, P. Smyth, E. Ross, A. Amberg, A. Houlahan
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: R. McGartland 5, A. Martin 2, E. Hurley 2, G. Fowler, J. Jolliffe, M. Finch, A. Dallaway
Best Players: A. Dallaway, A. Barton, E. Hurley, J. Swabey, C. Arndt, B. Parker
2021 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 6
1 East Coast Eagles 6 6 0 0 494 100 494.00 24
2 Manly Warringah Wolves 6 5 1 0 370 177 209.04 20
3 Southern Power 6 5 1 0 293 173 169.36 20
4 Inner West Magpies 6 4 2 0 329 153 215.03 16
5 North Shore Bombers 6 4 2 0 262 173 151.45 16
6 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 6 3 3 0 152 278 54.68 12
7 Pennant Hills Demons 6 1 5 0 191 317 60.25 4
8 Sydney University 6 1 5 0 147 271 54.24 4
9 UTS Australian Football Club 6 1 5 0 139 431 32.25 4
10 Macquarie University 6 0 6 0 103 407 25.31 0

Eagles Go Down In Heartbreaker Against Bats

Time flies when you’re having fun, and after a long pre-season came and went, the 2021 Season kicked into gear with a ton of excitement.

Fast forward 6 weeks, and our footy club finds itself in a number of different lanes.

For our Premier Division Men’s side, they headed into Round 6 desperate for a W, facing a much improved UTS Bats side at Waverly Oval in Bondi. This weekend was another big day for the club, and a win was the only thing on our minds once the siren sounded.

It was a cool day, with plenty of wind around in typical winter beach fashion, therefore getting to the footy first and winning the hunt would have a massive impact on the outcome. With a number of key players returning to the fold this week, as well as GWS Giants Academy and VFL gun Marshall Poynter debuting, there was a ton of confidence amongst the group that we could get the job done.

Unfortunately, as has been our run of luck of late, injuries struck and they hit hard.

In the eyes of Coach Damien Truslove, our ball movement was sharp and very impressive. This gave us a leg up early, as we were on top in the contested possessions and Inside 50 counts, so much so that we gained a good lead at Quarter-Time, up by 16 points.

The second term was not as positive for us, as this is when injuries started to rear their ugly head.We lost 5 of our most important players to either game-ending injuries or niggling knocks in the first half, which significantly hurt our ability to impact the flow of the game. UTS took advantage during this period, piling on 5 goals to 1 in the second quarter, retaking the lead in the process to the sound of 11 points at half-time.

We needed to change our game-plan, and get our fittest players around the ball to make an impact. UTS were controlling the momentum in the third term, as we had the double challenge of narrowing the margin, but also adapting to the personnel changes. As a club, it is our mission to be hard to play against, and we kept up this drive in this quarter, not letting UTS have it all their own way. Needless to say our tackling pressure was still there, we weren’t giving up in the slightest.

Down by 18 at 3QT, it was go time. We had to make our move in this last term or risk being washed away. Every player stood up, and took the bull by the horns, entering the last quarter with fire in their eyes and victory in their sights. We were the dominant side in the last quarter, on the comeback trail, and with no intentions to slow down at any moment. Not only were we chasing down UTS lead on the scoreboard, but we were also racing against the clock. We kicked 4 goals to 1 in the last quarter, but it wasn’t enough. When the final siren sounded, UTS were up by 2 points. They just did enough. We were shattered.

A hard loss to take no doubt, but boy was everyone proud of our side. Battling through all the injury issues, and still staying in the game for four quarters of footy. The positives are there for all to see, and we will keep working at training to get better as a squad.

Poynter was magnificent on debut. Required to play Full-Back after stalwart Ben Bourke went down injured in the first half, Poynter competed like a veteran, never looking out of place at this level. Bailey Stewart was again BOG for us, ripping UTS to shreds on many occasions. Tim Organ and Brandon Clark also had standout games, whilst Karl Merson impressed up front with 3 goals.

Will Cashmore


UTS Australian Football Club 1.0-6 6.4-40 8.7-55 9.9-63
East Coast Eagles 3.4-22 4.5-29 5.7-37 9.7-61
UTS Australian Football Club
Goal Kickers: S. Williams 4, A. Backlund 2, T. Bevan-Shannon 2, A. Pretto
Best Players: H. Anstey, M. Titsha, A. Backlund, A. Pretto, H. Hayward, S. Williams
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: K. Merson 3, Z. Johns, B. Stewart, N. Coxall, J. Rapley, K. Spencer, C. Edwards
Best Players: B. Stewart, T. Organ, B. Clark, M. Poynter, K. Merson, J. Cutting
2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 6
1 North Shore Bombers 6 6 0 0 582 235 247.66 24
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 6 5 1 0 631 253 249.41 20
3 Pennant Hills Demons 6 4 2 0 504 347 145.24 16
4 UTS Australian Football Club 6 4 2 0 502 425 118.12 16
5 Inner West Magpies 6 3 2 1 449 377 119.10 14
6 Sydney University 6 3 2 1 434 387 112.14 14
7 St George Dragons 6 2 4 0 457 495 92.32 8
8 East Coast Eagles 6 1 5 0 341 453 75.28 4
9 Manly Warringah Wolves 6 1 5 0 291 513 56.73 4
10 Camden Cats 6 0 6 0 201 907 22.16 0

Eagles Take Big Steps Despite Dogs Defeat

UNSW Bulldogs are a confidence team. After years on-top of the league, they have played with a ton of swagger for ages, and they carry an attitude which breeds success.

This is what makes them such a tough team to play against.

Naturally, matching this would be our challenge in Round 5, as the East Coast Prems Men side clashed with the Bulldogs at Kanebridge Oval in Saturday Night Footy.

After a day which saw our Under 19s and Reserves boys struggle to keep with UNSW, our Prems side were keen to make amends, and bring a fight to the Doggies like they’d never seen before. We were coming off a disappointing result against Inner Wests, so we had plenty to prove, especially back on home turf.

The first quarter was a very even contest, with both sides going bloody hard at the pill, looking to prove their side would emerge as the alpha male from the game’s early stages. As an onlooker without much knowledge of the two sides going into the game, you would expect UNSW to be right on top at Quarter-Time, considering they are sitting high in the Top 4, and have had some massive results already in 2021. However, we did not let UNSW get their own way, making it a real hard fight both in the air and on the deck.

Coach Damien Truslove was extremely happy with the first half display, as we were well on top in terms of Inside 50s and clearances, two vital areas especially against a strong side. Our ball movement was starting to click, and it was all down to our dogged attack on the ball. An upset was right on the cards.

11 points down at Quarter-Time became 26 at Half-Time, but we weren’t in panic mode, and trusted our offenisve work could get the game back in our favour as the contest went on. A real highlight of our first half was debutant Jayden Rapley kicking his first goal for the club, and the boys all got around the young fella.

East Coast needed to match UNSW defensively in the second half if we were going to win. Truslove attests that it was these areas that let us down in the crucial stages, as our defensive structures struggled to get back into place after turnovers. This also allowed the Bulldogs to transition the footy well from their D50 to F50, and this only increased scoreboard pressure on us. 39 points at 3QT was the margin, and we would need a huge comeback to savour a win.

We tried a few different things in the final term to hopefully swing the momentum, including sending stalwart backman Ben Bourke down forward to spice things up. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the result we were after, and UNSW extended the winning margin to 53 by the final siren, with some late goals solidifying the win.

Rapley was tremendous on debut with 2 goals, Tommy Zdrillic kicked two as well. Bailey Stewart and Aaron Drinkwater was brilliant as usual, continuing their strong season.

A loss is never ideal, however we showed some real improvement against a competition heavyweight. Stephen O’Connor continues to lead us well in the Ruck, ensuring we remain dominant at stoppages, and as mentioned our ball movement was elite in patches. Consistency is the key going forward.

Will Cashmore

Final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 1.4-10 3.4-22 5.5-35 5.10-40
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 3.3-21 7.6-48 11.8-74 14.9-93

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: J. Rapley 2, T. Zdrilic 2, J. Cutting
Best Players: B. Stewart, A. Drinkwater, C. Dowle, T. Zdrilic, B. Bourke, M. Eastman
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: B. Jack 2, L. Hoy 2, C. Burgess-Hoar, A. Macauley, L. Ross, O. Peter, H. Dunstan, M. Conn, T. Baxter, M. Geddes, H. Laycock, T. Banuelos
Best Players: M. Conn, B. Foote , Z. Cameron, T. Banuelos, M. Geddes, L. Ross
2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 5
1 North Shore Bombers 5 5 0 0 489 197 248.22 20
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 5 4 1 0 539 194 277.84 16
3 Pennant Hills Demons 5 4 1 0 466 254 183.46 16
4 UTS Australian Football Club 5 3 2 0 439 364 120.60 12
5 Inner West Magpies 5 2 2 1 350 356 98.31 10
6 Sydney University 5 2 2 1 346 366 94.54 10
7 St George Dragons 5 2 3 0 398 403 98.76 8
8 East Coast Eagles 5 1 4 0 280 390 71.79 4
9 Manly Warringah Wolves 5 1 4 0 270 425 63.53 4
10 Camden Cats 5 0 5 0 180 808 22.28 0