Eagles Around The Grounds Round 10

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 16.10.106 to CC 9.4.58

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.18.72 to CC 0.0.0

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 17.16.118 to CC 3.6.24

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.15.69 to WK 0.0.0

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 12.10.82 to SU 6.5.41

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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 9

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 0.3.3 to USYD 16.10.106

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 5.13.43 to NB 5.2.32

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.4.52 to USYD 7.11.53

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 1.2.8 to USYD 8.7.55

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.8.26 to STGD 9.8.62

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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 8

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Outplayed By Ferocious Demons

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 2.9.21 to PHD 12.12.84

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.11.65 to PHD 1.0.6

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.5.53 to PHD 6.9.45

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

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

FINAL SCORE: SWSM 4.5.29 to ECE 0.5.5

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

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

FINAL SCORE: ECE 13.9.87 to PHD 4.4.28

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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 7

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Can’t Match Red Hot North Shore For Four Quarters

We seem to play our best footy against the strongest sides in the Magoos, but North Shore are truly in a league of their own. Back at home, we were keen for a big test against the Bombers, and we knew our defensive resolve would be a key factor in the result. Early on we kept pace with our opposition, with our backline pressure a real strong point for us. North Shore could not find their groove. Unfortunately, we struggled to capatalise on Inside 50s and couldn’t trouble the scoreboard in the first half, trailing by 45 points at the main break. Our competitive fight never wavered, but it was tough to keep up with the elite skills of the Bombers. We played with plenty of courage and spirit, but there would be no stopping North Shore on this day, as we went down by 74 points. Our two goals were scored by notable players: Under 19s Co-Captain Nick Hyland who kicked his first Magoos goal, and Harrison Bultitude who played his first game of 2021 after a nasty pre-season groin injury. Backline king Tom Grove was our best on ground, shutting down North Shore’s best forwards in a huge performance from the big fella.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 2.5.17 to NSW 12.19.91

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Win A Competitive Game Against Gallant Bombers

I got a first hand view of this game, strutting around as the umpire, and might I say I was definitely impressed. Our Div 1 girls have come so far already this year under the trusty leadership of Coach Jimmy Regan, and they continue to go from strength to strength. We’ve been playing well and being back at home, many would have expected us to win easy in this game. But North Shore are never an easy side to beat, and posed a difficult challenge. This was a rather scrappy affair, a real fight to the death at the ground level at times. However, it was the strong communication from midfielders Paris Mooney and Lauren Jacobs who really lead from the front for the EAGALS, that often allowed our side first use of the footy. Speaking of getting first to the footy, Ruckman Kate Scholz killed it, outmatching her opponent for the majority of the game. We’re we at our best in this one? Probably not, but it was a valuable two points we will absolutely take and celebrate the same as any victory. Most pleasing perhaps was our defensive edge, not conceding any goals for the entire game. Brilliant Stuff. Keely Stevens and Dana Polverino were best on ground for the EAGALS in their 29 point win.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 4.6.30 to NSB 0.1.1

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Under 19’s Division One – North Shore Stamp Authority And Take It To Young Eagles

North Shore are right up there in a lot of competitions, but perhaps none more so than the Under 19s. The Bombers are thriving and flying high, hard to keep up with no matter who matches up against up. We ran into a red hot side without many key players, and it was evident we lacked cohesion in key moments. The Bombers were intent on putting on plenty of scoreboard pressure, however struggled to convert in front of goal which kept East Coast in the game. Our tackling pressure was strong, as was our hunt for the footy, but the Bombers were able to get on the outside and use their speed too often. We were disappointed with the result, but now we know the standard it takes to match it with the best. Nathan Wilson has had a much improved 2021 season, and was fantastic in a BOG performance for us.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.4.22 to NSB 8.17.65

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Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Momentum Halted By A Rampaging Western Magic

Sometimes in sport when you take a week off for a bye, it can hurt the momentum you have picked up beforehand. This seemed to be the case this past weekend for our Div 4 EAGALS. After missing last week we were raring to go, but then again so were Western Magic. The Western side well and truly brought their magic wands for this game, as everything they touched seemed to turn to gold. Their game plan was to start strong and blow us out of the water from the get go. With the score at 30-0 in their favour come half-time, and they were very much on top. It would take a damn good comeback from us, and whilst we did our best in the last quarter, it was too little too late, as the Magic were too good by 36 points. Angelica Kamperos was tremendous for East Coast, a well deserved BOG for her game.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.0.18 to WM 7.12.54

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Men’s Division Two – Eagles Cruise To Strong Win Over North Shore

Such has been the scheduling merry-go-round this season, this past weekend our Div 2 boys played at their standard 9am time slot for the first time in 2021. Matching up against North Shore Bombers Red (one of two Bombers sides in this competition), we were hotly anticipating a tough game, in slippery early morning conditions. We have struggled to hit the scoreboard early in games this season, but against North Shore Red we kicked the first goal, and led by 15 points at Quarter-Time. We played the game at our pace for much of the first half, letting our tackling pressure set the tone and dictate proceedings to lead by 34 points at Half-Time. Going forward we took our put off the gas in the second half, as our goalkicking went a bit haywire. We kicked 1.8 in the second half, and should of won by more, but ugly wins are always valuable. Troy Jones and Justin Harding continued their awesome seasons, and Ben Bridie kicked 2 goals in real highlights of the game. This 25 point win takes us to 2nd on the ladder with an eye on first place sooner rather than later.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.12.60 to NSB 5.5.35

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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 6

Premier Division Reserves – UTS Too Good For Magoos In Early Morning Contest

The scheduling for our Magoos side has been a bit all over the place this season. In the first 6 weeks we’ve played at our normal midday timeslot, but also under lights plus this past weekend, in the early morning game at 9:30. A trip to Bondi for that time was a tough go, but we aimed to make the best of it from the off. Conditions were not perfect for footy, but the wind didn’t pick up until later on in the day, so for our Magoos there were no excuses. It was tight contest for most of the first half, with neither side gaining strong momentum, but it was UTS who took a slight lead into the half-time break. Unfortunately for us, UTS too advantage of their Inside 50s better then we did, as they were able to find free men in the right spots in front of goal. We were always in the game, but struggled to piece together enough polished ball movement in attack, and were unable to get in front. 7 points was the margin in a close loss. Ryan Fitton, Marty Karafalis, Cam Wilson and Josh Riseborough were all strong contributors for us, but in the end UTS were just too good on the day.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 5.8.38 to UTS 5.15.45

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Continue To Look Dangerous And Dispatch UTS

It’s not just our Prems EAGALS which are making a ton of noise this season, because our Div 1 Girls are also on an absolute roll. Our record stands at 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at the moment, and that loss was only by one point. Had a couple things over the opening 6 rounds gone slightly our way, we’d be undefeated. Needless to say, we are at the top of our game right now, and Saturday against UTS was no different. Trumper Park can be a difficult place to play, due to the smaller size compared to Kanebridge, but we made the challenge look easy, as we ran our opponents right out of the game. We wanted that footy more than UTS in this game, and we were intent on making another strong impact. Our first half was fairly even, only up by 11 at half-time. The game was in the balance, but Coach Jimmy Regan steadied the ship and fired his girls up for a massive second-half, and our EAGALS delivered. Kicking 7 goals to 2 in the second half had our EAGALS lighting it up, and there was no stopping us on the way to a 44 point win. Maddy Ferguson and Nellie McMillan crushed it in this game, in a sensational showcase for the clubs depth in our Women’s ranks. Greta stuff girls.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.10.64 to UTS 3.2.20

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Under 19’s Division One – Eagle Young Guns Respond With Strong Win

Last week was a tough hit-out for our junior Eagles, with the Under 19s struggling to stay with UNSW for four quarters of footy. This week we faced another Uni team, but UTS were no match for us. The game started with some end to end action, neither side giving an inch. Both sides were evenly matched on the ladder heading into the contest, thus early dominance would be crucial in winning the mental battle. We followed a tight first quarter, with a 5 goal second term, allowing us to stamp our authority on the scoreboard. We kicked another 5 in the premiership quarter, as it was becoming apparent that we were easily the more speedy and skillful side. We eventually won by 35 points, a pleasing performance in a game we should of won. Jacob Jones was tremendous on debut, as a standout performer.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 15.8.98 to UTS 9.9.63

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Women’s Division Four – BYE

Our Div 4 Women’s side had a bye this week, meaning they sit 2nd on the ladder after 6 rounds, behind South West Sydney.

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Men’s Division Two – Eagles Come Home Hard But Ultimately Go Down To UTS

This was a game that we should of won, and we all knew it. That’s what made it so disappointing when we were on the losing end after the final siren. Traveling into the heart of our city for a matchup against UTS, our Div 2 boys were keen on another strong performance. We were good in patches, but we learnt that this will not always be good enough. UTS were a good side, very underrated going off their ladder position. UTS swarmed us in the key moments, and we were made to chase when the game got to its closing stages. We came home with a wet sail, kicking 6 last quarter goals. But it wasn’t enough. UTS took the result by just 2 points, and we were devastated. Despite the loss, we know where we failed and know where we can improve to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We will come back stronger.


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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 5

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Fight Till The End But Defeated By Doggies

Back at the Nest for Round 5, and the men’s teams faced a massive challenge against a rampant UNSW Bulldogs. Our Magoos boys knew the task at hand would be difficult, but we were confident we could bring the pressure to put UNSW off their game. Early in the piece we brought the fight, displaying some well tuned aggression and hunger for the footy at ground level which saw us match pace with our opponents in the first quarter. Youngsters Nipper Adams and Calum Sproull executed well on goal opportunities, kicking our majors to keep us only 5 points behind at the first break. UNSW looked to seize momentum in the second term, but they didn’t have it their own way for much of the contest. Despite being 5 goals down at Half-Time, were still right in the game. We knew we’d be sore come the final siren, but we continued putting everything into it. Unfortunately UNSW just had too much polish in the crucial moments and won well, by 46 points. Jake Mindham provided a strong target down forward kicking 3 goals, one of which brought the Div 2 boys on the Hill to a rousing standing ovation. Kurt Garnett ran hard all day, and Dane Twining put in one of the most courageous efforts you’ll see on the footy game. Very hard to fault the Magoos effort, but we need to bounce back heading into a must-win clash against UTS.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 6.4.40 to UNSW 11.20.86

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Dominate Rams In Crushing Landslide Victory

There really is not much to say about this one other than…..WOW. I am glad I am on the EAGAL side rather than Penrith side that’s for sure, because this game was over before it begun. After a heartstopping loss to Parra Goannas last week, our Div 1 EAGALS were chomping at the bit to get out and put a score on a side, and my lord did they. Travelling to Penrith, nothing other than destruction would be satisfying for Coach Jimmy Regan and his team, and it’s safe to say he was more than pleased with the result. Starting well kicking 4 goals to nil in the opening term, we really turned it up a notch in the second quarter, amassing another 6 goals to nil. Penrith had lots of soul-searching to do at half-time, because we never let them near the footy. We were rampant, undeterred and focused on winning every contest. Some of the goals were just too easy, as our backline cruised to a clean sheet, whilst our forwards had an absolute day out. An 125-0 win is something to savour, and with a full team effort,these girls are now brimming with so much confidence. Tammy McGregor starred with 6 goals in a BOG performance, whilst Bre Jones also kicked 4 of her own.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 19.11.125 to PR 0.0.0


Under 19’s Division One – Bulldogs Bite Eagle Young Guns In Statement Win

UNSW might jsut be the team to beat in all men’s comeptitions they compete in, and this could be most true in the Under 19’s. Therefore, our task matching them was always going to be tough. We went in with good intent to be physically dominant at the contest, but it would be our skill execution which would determine whether or not we’d get on top. UNSW like to control the pace of the game, play on their terms, and control the footy. They did this for lengthy periods on Saturday, meaning we struggled to get in the game at times. We were unable to find the big sticks in the first half, but we responded well in the 3rd quarter, making it a dogfight and the goals came. We were back in the contest, but UNSW showed their class in the last term, putting us to the sword in a strong way. We went down by 68 points, but learnt plenty about oursleves. UNSW are the team to beat and we now know where we’re at. It’s up to us to go to that next level.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 4.6.30 to UNSW 14.14.98

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Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Make It 4 On The Trot After Ruthless Second Half

After three consecutive wins against Pennant Hills, South West Sydney and Wollondilly, our Div 4 EAGALS were keen to make it a perfect month against a tough North Shore side. With this being the early 9am game, our start would be very important, as early momentum would be won through which team could better hit their targets and build scoreboard pressure. The first half was a tough scrap for both sides, with our EAGALS kicking the only goal of the half to take a slim lead into half-time. Whatever Coach Alicia Ford said to her team in the sheds at half-time must of worked, because they came out in turbo mode. We fired the first shot and never looked back, absolutely tearing into the Bombers in the Premiership Quarter to well and truly put the game to bed. It was a 5 goal to nil term in our favour, and after adding 5 more in the last quarter victory was ours. We defended our backsides off and made sure North Shore didn’t kick a goal, which is perhaps the most pleasing result out of the game. Many of our best players were goalkickers as well, with Honore Anderson, Angelica Kamperos and Emma Vitanza leading from the front, in especially sensational performances, as standouts amongst a fantastic team around them.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 10.7.67 to NSB 0.2.2

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Men’s Division Two – Div 2 Boys Pull Off Famous Win Against Undefeated Bombers

Unbelievably Proud – are two words that come to mind when I think about our Div 2 side at the moment. It is so special to see a bunch of blokes committed to each other and their club, led by a guru Coach in Michael Lambert, and after years of hard work we are finally starting to see results going their way. Our opponents in Round 5 were the table-topping North Shore Bombers, coming into the game undefeated. This match would be epic, like two gladiators going head-to-head. Kanebridge Oval is our turf, and protecting the nest was at the forefront of our minds. We had the trust of our teammates to get the job done, and we made a strong start, leading by 7 points at Quarter-Time. We controlled the game in the second quarter, increasing our lead to 14. However, it was the tackling pressure and manic numbers at the contest which was blowing North Shore off the park. They had no reply. This wasn’t a high scoring game, so a 14 point lead at 3QT was definitely not enough to ensure us the win, but we kept grinding in the last, and stayed on-top to win by 18. Knocking off first place is one of the best feelings in footy, but to do it in a side with the amount of mateship we possess is so much sweeter. Tim Physick kicked 3 goals, but it was the courage and determination of Lachlan Jansen that stole the show, putting his body on the line to win key contests which helped get his side over the line. Great Stuff LJ.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 7.6.48 to NSB 4.6.30

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Eagles Around The Grounds Round 4

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Go Down Swinging In Tight Loss To Magpies

Our Magoos took on Western Suburbs at their home ground of Picken Oval in Round 4, once again boasting a string of personnel changes, which this week showcased the future of our great club. 5 up and coming Eagle Under 19s players backed up from their earlier game, to pull on the boots for Reserves, and not once did any of the bunch look out of place. Needless to say, there was an exciting blend of youth and experience on show for much of the contest. A physical first half came to an end with East Coast down by 8 points, but there was confidence we could outclass our opponents in the later stages. Nipper Adams kicked a thrilling goal from the pocket in the highlight of the Premiership quarter, as we gained the lead at 3QT by 10 points. It was ours for the taking. Leading by 16 with ten minutes to go, we started to run out of legs and Wests took advantage. The Magpies showed frankly ridiciulous awareness for where the goals are, slotting 5 impressive majors to run away with the result. We lost by 10, but considering the performances of youngsters such as Bailey Beattie and Josh Gleeson, the club is in a good spot moving forward. Scotty Waterhouse was also fantastic in another makeshift Ruckman role.

FINAL SCORE – IWM 12.5.77 to ECE 10.7

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Lose In Heartbreaking Fashion After Final Siren

Footy is a great game on the best of days. However on others, it can be a cruel cruel beast. Whilst many of our teams were on the road in Round 4, our Div 1 EAGALS were back at home, ready to Protect The Nest. They came up against a red hot Parramatta Goannas side, who were intent on making Kanebridge Oval their turf for the day. When two intensely physical and hard at it footy sides come together, goals are always a premium, every score crucial. This was the story in the first half, as defensive pressure was on show, a number of bruising tackles a wonderful highlight. The scores tied 3-3 at Quarter-Time, scoreboard pressure would be critical in the second half. Our EAGALS took the game on, and sent the ball forward enough times to scramble 2 important goals compared to Parra’s 1, to lead by 6 at half-time. It was a battle in the second half, neither side giving an inch, all who watched on knew it would come down to the wire. We lead by 4 at 3QT. A phenomenal last quarter transpired, with the EAGALS looking like they were home until disaster struck. Parra got one last chance after the final siren, and unfortunately they took it. A point the margin, and we were on the losing end. We were devastated, but boy are we determined to get them back next time.

FINAL SCORE: PG 4.7.31 to ECE 4.6.30

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Under 19’s Division One – East Coast Crush Wests In Resounding Statement

It was East vs West in the battle of the young guns on Saturday, and it was on for one and all from the first bounce. The Eagles bounced back to form last week by smashing Camden, and they were after another big win here to boost their ladder position and all round confidence levels. With the morning young, it was a slow game to get going, with our kicking boots still in bed through the first quarter, spraying a few chances to lead by only 9 points at the first break. Our defence stood up over the next quarter, conceding zero goals, whilst our attack started to sing, as we used our speed on the outside to get repeat Inside 50s. We made our move in the 3rd term, taking the game completely away from Wests to lead by 64 at 3QT. East Coast won by 82 points in the end, but it should have been far more, as we kicked more behinds then goals. With some goalkicking practice at training, our scores should only improve, but we continue to go up and up in the Under 19s. Kody Spencer kicked 4 goals and Jayden Rapely kicked 3. Well done team.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 15.16.106 to IWM 3.6.24

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Women’s Division Four – Defence Stands Tall As We Keep Wollondilly Scoreless In Big Win

Our EAGALS are well and truly flying. This new team has been a huge signing light on our 2021 season, with coach Alicia Ford and the girls crushing it at the current moment. The Wollondilly Knights had a massive drive to Kanebridge early Saturday morning, and it seemed they had some seriously tired eyes once the ball was bounced, because we pounced straight away and left them in our wake. Both sides went into the game with only one loss and two wins to their name, so this was an important game to win for us. It was hard to fault our effort, attack on the footy and chemistry for four quarters, as we lit it up in a great showing. Our defence was unbelievable, holding the Knights scoreless the entire game. A 46-0 is the perfect way to start the day, and it sees us go to second on the ladder. Huge.


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Men’s Division Two – Eagles Fall After Half Time As Newtown Ride Momentum Wave To Win

In what was our first taste of defeat this season, the Div 2 boys faced Newtown in Round 4, in a game defined by injuries. Newtown are a proud club, especially on their home turf, and they were determined not to beaten. It was an even contest on the scoreboard early on, but East Coast dominated the game in terms of contested footy and clearances. However, once we lost Ruckman Dave Taylor, we struggled to gain a consistent stoppage and clearance advantage. We lost further players to injury, leaving us with an empty bench going into the final quarter. Down 24 at 3QT it would take something special to get the win. Unfortunately Newtown were too good, however, we held them goalless in the final term which is a special effort considering the circumstances. We will comeback with a vengencane. Shout outs to midfielders Justin Harding and Troy Jones continuing their strong starts to 2021, as well as big dogs Sam Nash and Harrison Drew for filling in in the Ruck.

FINAL SCORE: NB 7.8.50 to ECE 4.6.30

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Eagles Around The Grounds Round 3

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Start Slow But Grind Out Scrappy Win Over Cats

It wasn’t pretty, and at times it was downright ugly, but in Round 3 our Men’s Reserves side gutted out a win over a game Camden Cats outfit, on their home deck. The Magoos started slow, lacking any real energy early on, but once we woke up, the goals started coming. Repeat Inside 50s for East Coast damaged Camden’s resolve, as the Eagles kicked away to a 13-point lead at half-time. We struggled to gain the momentum for large periods of the game, as Camden continued applying pressure around the ground. The margin was only 17 in favour of the Magoos at 3QT. Senior players stood up in the final term, with Scott Waterhouse leading from the front in the Ruck, Matt Eastman winning vital clearances out of the middle, and Matt Scholz playing a commanding role as our deep forward. Our inacccurate kicking kept the winning margin at 36 points, but it was a valuable win nonetheless. Shout out to Jack Fishburn as well, as the live-wire forward kicked a fantastic 5 goals in a cracking game.

Final Score: ECE 13.15.93 to CC 9.3.57

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Mount Major Comeback To Knock Off Western Magic

Holey Moley, do I wish I was there to see this one unfold. Two very passionate and competitive teams in our Div 1 EAGALS and Western Magic did battle on the weekend, in a matchup which has provided some remarkable finishes over the years between the two clubs. With our EAGALS 1-1 from their opening fortnight, and Magic winless, this was going to be an all out war, and it was. An even contest in the first quarter, our EAGALS were up by a point at the first break, looking to get control in the second term. Unfortunately, this is where Magic made their move, winning too many key moments and adding three crucial goals to the scoreboard. We were behind the 8 ball, but not willing to give up. The Premiership quarter got its name for a reason, because it is often when the game is won and lost. This was our time to shine, with our EAGALS lifting to get the game back the level pegging, kicking three big goals to regain the lead at 3QT. It was a game of inches in the final quarter, but our girls did it. We won by 2 points in the ultimate comeback. Congratulations EAGALS.

Final Score: ECE 5.6.36 to WM 5.4.34

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Under 19’s Division One – Young Fellas Regain Groove In Big Way With Thumping Win

Sometimes in footy, especially for a young team, you need a game where you can get your confidence back. There is no better way to do this, than by absolutely carving up an opposition team. The Under 19’s Eagles did this in Round 3, traveling to Camden to face the struggling and equally winless Cats. A strong first quarter set the tone for a big afternoon for our boys, shutting out Camden 41-0. It was over just after it begun. Whilst it wasn’t the best game we ever played, in fact we were hardly at our very best for extensive periods, it was a positive sign that we are heading in the right direction. The Cats still couldn’t find a goal in the second term, with our backline working hard not to allow anything past them. Our midfield was sensational, Lachie Mason and Nick Hyland especially on fire, as big Ruckman Harrison Cutting killed it setting up plenty of goals with his elite clearance work. Forward pressure was constant in the second half, as we kept the scoreboard rolling, eventually winning by 111 points. Great game fellas.

Final Score: ECE 17.18.120 to CC 1.3.9

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Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Keep Rolling With Big Win Over Magpies

South West Sydney were the challenge for our Div 4 EAGALS in Round 3, and after a win and a loss to open the season, our girls were fit and firing ready to tackle the Magpies. This side especially, shows the amazing depth our EAGALS have, with Alicia Ford’s talented team boasting a tremendous blend of youth, experience, speed, toughness and skill. It was all on full display across the four quarters, as we rarely let South West Sydney get on top of the contest at any point in the game. From the opening bounce, we were determined to win the hard ball out of the middle and give our forwards plenty of service to work with. A strong, commanding win was the order of the day, and our EAGALS responded with a fantastic 33 point victory.

Final Score: ECE 5.10.40 to SWS 1.1.7

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Men’s Division Two – Div 2 Is Officially Great Again

My word, can you believe it. It’s official, after years of hard word and squad development, Div 2 are making good on their promise to MAKE DIV 2 GREAT AGAIN, as with a close win over NorWest Jets, we remain undefeated after 3 weeks. All pre-season we have prided ourselves on our core club values: Trust, Mateship & Courage. We ticked those boxes once again on the weekend, playing as a unit which cannot be broken. We dominated the game in the first half in every area except on the scoreboard. A big second-half would be important to ensure we didn’t let this one slip. The connection between our middle and forward line is a work in progress, but at times it was marvelous in this game, with Justin Harding and David Taylor starring out of the centre, whilst Jake Mindham kicked an obligatory 3 classy goals. It was a pressure cooker in the final term, with just a kick in it for most of the way home. NorWest scrambled and had a shot after the siren to win, but they fell short and we got the W. 3-0 and in the Top Two on the ladder. Does it get any better. Big shout out to Sam Nash as well, for absolutely pulverizing multiple Jets players with bruising tackles. They were not for the faint-hearted. Good job big dog.

Final Score: ECE 5.7.37 to NWJ 4.10.34

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Eagles Around The Grounds Round 2

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Celebrate A Sensational Win In Jimmy Regan’s 100th

CHING CHING. Need I say more. The Magoos found themselves playing under lights at Kanebridge for the first time in a while, with the boys facing a long eager wait on the sidelines, before ripping into Manly. It was definitely worth the wait. On a day where the club were celebrating popular Clubman Jimmy Regan’s 100th game, an awesome achievement considering all the injury setbacks he has suffered over the years, his teammates certainly made it one to remember. 10 scoring shots but only 2 goals meant Manly were still in the game at quarter time, but after kicking 6 goals straight in the second term, East Coast knew the game was their’s to win. Inaccuracy returned in the second half, but we kept the pressure up and won by 37 points. In the perfect finale, Regan kicked a goal on the final siren. You can’t write this stuff. CHING CHING.

Final Score: ECE 11.17.83 to MWW 7.4.46

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Do It Easy Against Manly To Get Their Season Rolling

After a remarkable draw in Round 1, our Div 1 EAGALS were determined to respond in Round 2 against Manly. They were on their home turf, and protecting the nest was at the forefront of their mind. We kept Manly scoreless in the first half, a strong reward for our bruising defence and constant pressure. The Wolves just could not keep up with us. It was a positive bounce back from the Div 1 EAGALS, who looked sensational going forward, registering 23 scoring shots across the 4 quarters to just three for Manly. Bre Jones was strong, kicking 3 goals, but it was Paris Mooney, Elyse Fifield and Jacqui Smith who claimed BOG honours. Great win team.

Final Score: ECE 10.13.73 to MWW 3.0.18

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Men’s Under 19’s – Young Eagles Go Down In Close Affair Against Wolves

They led at both the first and second breaks, but our young Eagles could not close it out against Manly. These two sides have built quite the competitive rivalry over the last few years, with East Coast bowing out to Manly in Week One of last year’s Finals Series. Yesterday’s game was no different. It was fiery, and it was full of excitement. The Wolves like to play their brand of footy at their pace, and it was our job to throw them off course. Unfortunately, we struggled to do so for extensive periods, and were caught out too often in the second half. Manly controlled the game in the later stages and were good enough to win by 11 points. There were plenty of positives for East Coast however, with Kody Spencer kicking 2 goals in a BOG performance. As the weeks go by, this side will become more familiar with each other, and their time will come to go boom. Just wait, you’ll see.

Final Score: ECE 7.14.56 to MWW 9.13.67

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Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Achieve Maiden Win In Div 4 Competition

What a cracking way to start the day. Our Div 4 EAGALS had the first game of the day at the Nest, taking on arch rivals Pennant Hills Demons. For many players, this was their first taste of the East Coast vs Penno rivalry, and it did not disappoint. There were plenty of big hits and gritty plays, but the EAGALS would not be denied. The game started slowly from a scoreboard perspective, with no goals for either side in the first quarter, but the intensity was there in bunches. 3 goals to none in the second term and we were away, no chance the Demons were catching us. In a victory which set the tone for both the Prems and Div 1 girls later in the day, we held Penno goalless for four quarters and comfortably won by 41 points.

Final Score: ECE 6.7.43 to PHD 0.2.2

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Men’s Division Two – Div 2 Continue Building With Fantastic Win At Wollondilly

Trekking down to Wollondilly for a game of footy is no picnic, but our Div 2 boys made it look like a cake walk, as we stuck it to the Knights on their home turf. It was always going to be physical, a real battlefield, but we owned the contest especially in the second half. With some fresh faces in the side, the teamwork and energy that Div 2 is bringing is absolutely outstanding for the footy club. A 2-0 start to the season is just what we wanted after a long pre-season. We earnt every inch yesterday and deserved to win by more but we will definitely cop a 39 point victory. And as per usual Jake Mindham was always classy, kicking 6 goals, one of which was a barrel from the boundary. How far out was it? Depends who you ask, but it was definitely at least 80 metres.

Final Score: ECE 11.8.74 to WK 5.5.35

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Eagles Around The Grounds Round 1

Premier Division Men’s Reserves – Magoos Never Say Die But Cannot Claim Win Against Dragons

We are built on trust, mateship and courage at the Eagles in 2021. The Magoos proved this in Round 1, as they came up against a speedy St George side boasting plenty of youth. It was a tough start, as St George seized early momentum and earnt an early lead. However, our experienced players stood up and got us back in the game to trail by just a point at quarter time. We lost key troops throughout the game, meaning a brave effort was required from the whole squad. Ryan Van Vliet was doing his best Jeremy McGovern impersonation down back, taking a stack of intercept marks. Scoring was hard to come by for both sides over the next two quarters, such was the tightness of the contest. In the end, St George found some crucial goals, and ran out 18 point winners. We will lift, we will fight hard, and we will return stronger and hungrier next week.

Final Score: ECE 6.9.45 to STGD 8.15.63

Under 19’s Division One – Young Guns Can’t Find An Answer Against Hot Dragons Outfit

With a lot of new players, it will take time for our Under 19’s to develop a strong chemistry across the park. However, we never stopped chasing, just lacked that little bit of polish against a strong St George side who came ready for a fight. We could not find the goals in the first quarter, but we didn’t drop our heads. Instead we got ourselves back in the game, and kicked three second term goals. A hefty comeback was still need in the second half, but St George never looked uncomfortable, eventually winning by 35 points. Co-Captain Bailey Beattie was best on, whilst Jayden Brien also impressed kicking two goals.

Final Score: ECE 6.9.45 to STGD 12.8.80

Women’s Division One – EAGALS Play Out A Spirited Draw In Ferocious Contest

Popular clubman Jimmy Regan was placed in charge of our booming Women’s Div 1 side for 2021, and our girls played with plenty of character to kick off the season. We never held back, and attacked the footy hard. Brianna Barr attacked the footy so hard, she succumbed to a nauseating finger injury on the verge of quarter-time. It was a squeamish look, but there were all smiles afterwards. Unfortunately for all our hard work, we just could not convert enough and this let St George back in the game. After a thrilling four quarters, nothing could split the two sides and Season 2021 at Kanebridge began with a draw. Unbelievable scenes. Great game girls.

Final Score: ECE 4.10.34 to STGD 5.4.34

Men’s Division Two – Eagles Make A Statement With Phenomenal Round 1 Win

The club has gone through a big revamp this year, but perhaps none as large as in the Div 2 side. With a stack of new players, to the point where Coach Lambo had 30 plus players to choose from which is unheard of for Div 2, there was plenty of excitement heading into Round 1. Facing a St George side who had dropped from Div 1 back to Div 2 for this season, was going to be a tough challenge first up. However, we have had a fantastic pre-season, and were ready to reap the rewards. We played hard for four quarters, and all 22 players did their job expertly well. We were not going to be denied on this day, and we were the better side. Period. 10 points was the winning margin, but it could of been more. What a day for Div 2. New players Cam Veerhuis and Justin Harding were immense in the midfield, as was Troy Jones on the wing.

Final Score: ECE 7.7.49 to STGD 5.9.39

Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Hustle And Bustle But Go Down With Plenty Of Fight

Such is the strength of our Women’s program at East Coast, that we have added a 3rd EAGALS side in 2021. We had no choice with the amount of numbers wanting to play for this great club, and there was a ton of excitement for their first hit out in Round 1. Playing Coach Alicia Ford took her troops into battle against Sydney Uni, and they did not let the jersey down at any point. There are lots of fresh faces in this team, so it will take time to find a winning combination, but there were some great signs coming out of this game. We went down by 13 points, but we definitely made Sydney Uni earn the win.

Final Score: SYDU 4.4.28 to ECE 2.3.15

Will Cashmore