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

Eagles Get On The Board With First Win Of 2020

It was a long time coming, but the East Coast Premier Division Men finally got to sing their beloved song this past Saturday, after a thumping win 74 point over Camden at Kanebridge Oval.

In the opening month of 2020’s shortened season, the Eagles have suffered some significant setbacks, but showed promise throughout, and in Round 5, it all came together.

The message, which was driven all week at training by the playing group, demanded success on the weekend. Anything less then victory over Camden was unacceptable. A promise was made, but they still had to walk the walk. It was evident during the first quarter, that our Eagles were hell bent on keeping their promise.

Launching into the contest with a fired up intensity, East Coast brought the heat against the Cats, looking to really set the tone with a 6 goal to 1 opening term.

Camden were shell-shocked, and likely doubting if they could return serve in the second quarter.

It was crucial that East Coast kept their foot on the gas in the second term, as it has been well documented how this has been our Achilles heel in recent weeks. Whilst this quarter wasn’t as dominant as the first, we were able to stay ahead of the curve, 8 goals ahead at half-time.

Complacency started to rear its ugly head, albeit slightly, in the third quarter, as both sides went goal for goal in an even period. Nonetheless, the Eagles maintained a strong lead going into the final quarter.

In the last quarter, we picked back up where we left off at half-time, driving home 4 goals to nil, including skipper Jamie Vlatko amassing his 8th goal, in a showing that made him the star of the day. This capped off a tremendous performance for East Coast, who deserved their first win of 2020.

On his first win as Coach of the Eagles, Hayden Rickard had this to say:

“We saw some improvement in our transition to defence this week. That allowed us to generate pressure for long periods of the game.

However, we are still a long way off our potential as a group. Going on form, we have the toughest assignment in Sydney AFL next week. It’s vital we get numbers on the track this week to get that continuous improvement.

Jamie Vlatko was huge for us this week, productive, but crucially had support from our smalls. In addition, Aaron Drinkwater, Eddie Cole & Jordan Etto gave great decision making throughout the game.

In terms of improvement, a series of poor options invited the Cats into the contest in the third quarter. The quality of this competition demands that we must stick to method. When we go away from our blueprint, we really tend to handover pressure on each other.

We have experienced some growing pains as a group. We will take the result and seek to go to another level next week”.

Rickard did not mince his words in reference to our matchup next week. East Coast will travel to the AstroTurf of Gore Hill Oval, to face ladder leaders North Shore Bombers, it what promises to be an intriguing battle.

Nevertheless, it was a great win in Round 5 for our Eagles, and one to look to build on going forward.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

East Coast Eagles 6.3-39 10.7-67 15.9-99 19.12-126
Camden Cats 1.0-6 3.1-19 8.1-49 8.4-52
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: J. Vlatko 8, E. Barclay 3, B. Jones 2, J. Large, S. Turner, J. Duncan, K. Emery, A. Rickett, D. Saywell
Best Players: J. Vlatko, S. Turner, A. Drinkwater, E. Cole, J. Etto, K. Emery
Camden Cats
Goal Kickers: A. Bell 4, M. Sapiatzer 2, J. Campbell, K. Talbott
Best Players: M. Sapiatzer, W. Gamble, B. Coxall, T. Georgiou, G. Maples, A. Bell
1 North Shore Bombers 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 688 110 625.45 100.00
2 Sydney University 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 634 183 346.45 100.00
3 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 602 235 256.17 80.00
4 Inner West Magpies 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 378 387 97.67 80.00
5 St George Dragons 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 440 292 150.68 60.00
6 Pennant Hills Demons 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 517 288 179.51 40.00
7 East Coast Eagles 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 319 526 60.65 20.00
8 Camden Cats 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 171 571 29.95 20.00
9 Manly Warringah Wolves 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 172 602 28.57 0.00
10 UTS Australian Football Club 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 149 876 17.01 0.00

EAGALS Keep Rolling With Another Strong Win

Round 5 promised to be a tricky encounter for the EAGALS. Missing some key players, and facing an improved Southern Power side, it could have been considered a danger game in the lead up.

The East Coast Prems Women’s side has not put a foot wrong since Round 1, and this continued on Saturday evening, through a classy defeat of their opponents from the South.

Played in conditions that suited the EAGALS, as they had played in similarly cold weather in recent weeks, it became a survival of the fittest early on, as the thin air led to quick exhaustion from both sides.

The combination of youth and experience that our EAGALS boast throughout their roster, has come to define their 2020 season, and this was on full display against the Power. For this, the coaching staff deserves a huge kudos for the job they’ve done in readying the troops week in week out.

An even first quarter, was followed by a second term which saw East Coast steer ahead, converting some important goals leading into half-time. Our EAGALS radiated confidence in the second half, and would have led by more at 3QT, but despite being 18 points up, they let themselves down with inaccuracy in front of the sticks.

Southern Power could sniff their opportunity to pounce, but the East Coast defence quickly shut their window, as the Power’s aggressive forward line had no answers.

A pleasing 19-point win for the EAGALS, their 5th victory on the trot, and even more positive considering young forward Georgina Parker (kicked 2 goals) and Bryany Parker (Best On Ground) had their best performances of the season thus far. The win continued the club’s strong from throughout the day, and raises excitement for the Women’s Prems side going forward.

It remains a full side effort each and every week from the East Coast women, and this will need to continue as they march towards the finals series.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

East Coast Eagles 1.3-9 3.4-22 4.8-32 6.9-45
Southern Power 1.2-8 1.2-8 2.2-14 4.2-26
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: B. Tarrant 3, G. Fowler 2, E. Wilson
Best Players: B. Parker, G. Fowler, B. Tarrant, G. Garnett, S. Ford, T. Davies
Southern Power
Goal Kickers: A. McClure 2, V. Rita, K. Tracey
Best Players: N. Smith, B. McGuire, L. Holdsworth, K. Beesley, K. Tracey, J. Whelan
2020 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 5
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 Manly Warringah Wolves 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 251 74 339.19 100.00
2 East Coast Eagles 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 253 113 223.89 80.00
3 Inner West Magpies 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 248 138 179.71 80.00
4 Southern Power 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 173 110 157.27 60.00
5 Sydney University 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 133 161 82.61 60.00
6 North Shore Bombers 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 206 109 188.99 40.00
7 Pennant Hills Demons 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 184 175 105.14 40.00
8 UTS Australian Football Club 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 109 235 46.38 20.00
9 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 82 310 26.45 20.00
10 Macquarie University 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 48 262 18.32 0.00

 

 

Eagles Take Steps Forward In Loss to Sydney Uni

It was always going to be a tough ask for the East Coast Eagles in Round 4, down on troops and coming up against a hot Sydney University team, who themselves were still basking in the glory of their 204 point shellacking of UTS in Round 3. After three consecutive Runner-Up gongs, Sydney Uni look to be in a better position than ever to win a flag, thus an Eagles upset would have taken a sensational performance.

Whilst we came up short in our endeavor to claim our first victory of the season, East Coast did take some massive steps forward, especially regarding development of game shapes and structures. Even more positive, is the fact that East Coast took these leaps not as individuals, but as Coach Hayden Rickard believes “a whole squad”.

After a few days of pouring rain, the Kanebridge Oval track was noticeably heavy come the 2:30pm ball up for Premier Division, proving that an ensuing dogfight would decide the result. Uni looked to start strong and blitz their opponents early, however overwhelming backline pressure from East Coast reduced the Students to only 2.6 in the first term.

Moving forward, East Coast need to address their second quarters, as it was again their Achilles heel against Sydney Uni conceding 6 goals to 1 going into the halftime break.

Goals are always hard to come by in wet weather conditions, with it being considerably tough for players to gather clean footy and let their skills do the talking. This showed for East Coast in the second half.

Whilst our commitment and hardness in the contest and at the Sherrin never wavered, Uni proceeded to run away with the match. The Students displayed their unstoppable ability to create a wall around forward 50, and lock the ball in, creating repeat shots on goal.

A 61 point loss in may have been, a result which sends our boys to 0-4 for the season thus far, but as Coach Rickard maintains, there were plenty of positives to draw.

“Our fight and tenacity was on show across four quarters against an opposition stacked with talent and structure. Losing Karl Merson to a hamstring injury inside the opening minutes didn’t help, but, I thought we had solid contributions from 21 players that understand that only hard work will get us out of this form dip”

Baylee Jones put in a huge shift in his return game from injury. Ben Bourke had his best outing in 2020 thus far and Kieran Emery remains our glue in defence. Youngster Tim Organ had a quality showing in Eagles colours and Dan Saywell demonstrated really dangerous running patterns during his forward stints”.

“We remain a work in progress but I feel we are close to unlocking our potential moving forward. With some important players available in the coming weeks, this will help with our depth”.

Another home game for the Eagles is just around the corner, as we tackle Camden Cats in Round 5 at Kanebridge Oval. Expect a fiery contest as both sides will be desperate for the win.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

East Coast Eagles 1.1-7 2.1-13 3.4-22 4.4-28
Sydney University 2.6-18 8.9-57 10.12-72 12.17-89
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: D. Saywell 2, K. Emery, T. Organ
Best Players: E. Cole, K. Emery, T. Organ, B. Bourke, A. Savage, D. Saywell
Sydney University
Goal Kickers: T. Cordner 2, J. Hiscox 2, L. Stevenson 2, N. Dale 2, S. Fong, A. Lucy, M. Krochmal, C. Searle
Best Players: J. Bartholomaeus, N. Dale, A. Day, J. Hiscox, B. Hawtin, C. Williams
2020 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 4
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 North Shore Bombers 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 607 70 867.14 100.00
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 562 154 364.94 100.00
3 Sydney University 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 497 142 350.00 100.00
4 Inner West Magpies 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 266 327 81.35 75.00
5 Pennant Hills Demons 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 466 212 219.81 50.00
6 St George Dragons 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 364 241 151.04 50.00
7 Camden Cats 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 119 445 26.74 25.00
8 East Coast Eagles 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 193 474 40.72 0.00
9 Manly Warringah Wolves 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 131 465 28.17 0.00
10 UTS Australian Football Club 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 89 764 11.65 0.00