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.
|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
Best Players:S. Ford, G. Garnett, A. Dallaway, G. Fowler, B. Tarrant, R. Tomkins
UTS Australian Football Club
Best Players: M. Lindsay , C. Gunjaca, A. Amberg, G. Hill, S. Goldrick, E. Donnelly
|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|
|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|
|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|
|10||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||9||1||8||0||0||0||0||113||589||19.19||11.1|