Heartstopper in the Hills as Eagles fall short but cling to the last finals spot

Well knock me down and call me Russell, what a thriller. WHAT A GAME.

The most poetic initiation to finals football you will ever come across in AFL football.

It was absolute scenes in the final regular season Round 18 at Kanebridge Oval on Saturday afternoon, amidst windy conditions East Coast fell agonizingly short of an upset victory over table topping North Shore, 8.6.54 to 8.5.53.

The Eagles required victory against the competition heavyweight Bombers to ensure a welcomed finals berth, yet defeat and they leave their fate in the control of fierce local rivals Pennant Hills who faced their own challenge against UNSW.

For 3 quarters, it seemed like East Coast would pull off the victory, be the smarter and most adaptive side in the tricky gameday conditions.

East Coast led at every break, determined and dogged to fulfill the first step in achieving their BM18 goal.

The writing was on the wall for North Shore.

The Eagles were soaring, displaying magnificent will and strength at the contest, pulled the trigger and controlled the pace throughout, but stumbled at the final hurdle of the very last line.

2 goals down and time ticking, the Bombers dug deep to scratch and claw down the deficit.

That they did, with a plucky late behind, North Shore won the match, by just one point.

The final siren, was luck a gun shot to the heavens dispatching of innocent eagles who flew above, such was the silence and heartbreak in the hearts of East Coast Eagle players.

Then came the news Pennant Hills were up on their opponents, a dagger to the soul.

Pennant Hills did indeed win, but not by enough and the Eagles survived the regular season by just 0.46% on the ladder.

Oh what a mess.

What a horror story.

Its no laughing matter, but boy you gotta smile.

What a relief and what a chance East Coast have earnt.

The challenge is now to become the 2nd side in two years, to climb the mountain and win the Premiership from 5th place.

Arguably the best performance of the year before finals. That is exactly the message the Eagles want to be sending their finals competition.

Aaron Drinkwater was remarkable again on Saturday, hitting peak form at the right time, as is terrier Brandon Clark, the most consistent warrior in East Coast’s clutches. Youngster Lewis Waters had his best game as well, proving his worth as a backline CAGE mainstay.

The story of the finals is shaping as a maze of possibilities.

All sides 2nd-5th have had such similar seasons results wise. UNSW, Syndey Uni, Manly and East Coast can beat any of each other on any day.

I firmly believe the tagline throughout the finals series will be ‘Who can catch North Shore?’, and after the weekends result, whose to say it won’t be East Coast despite only holidng 5th spot.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 3.2-20 4.2-26 7.4-46 8.5-53
North Shore Bombers 1.1-7 3.3-21 5.4-34 8.6-54

East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: J. Vlatko 2, D. Costello, B. Clark, R. Haupt, D. Visser, M. Weekes, A. Drinkwater
Best Players: A. Drinkwater, B. Clark, L. Waters, J. Vlatko, R. Haupt, A. Browning
North Shore Bombers
Goal Kickers: M. Wilson 2, W. Blackburne 2, B. Plug, M. Thomas, K. Devlin, Z. Fyffe
Best Players: C. Parsons, N. Campbell, S. Crane, K. Devlin, M. Wilson, C. Murphy


Final 2018 Sydney AFL Home and Away Season Ladder
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 18 16 2 0 1963 1049 187.13 64
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 18 12 6 0 1480 1094 135.28 48
3 Sydney University 18 11 7 0 1648 1161 141.95 44
4 Manly Warringah Wolves 18 11 7 0 1485 1153 128.79 44
5 East Coast Eagles 18 11 7 0 1222 1024 119.34 44
6 Pennant Hills Demons 18 11 7 0 1543 1298 118.88 44
7 St George Dragons 18 7 11 0 1260 1594 79.05 28
8 Camden Cats 18 5 13 0 1224 1632 75.00 20
9 UTS Bats 18 4 14 0 1027 1713 59.95 16
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 18 2 16 0 886 2020 43.86 8

Elsewhere at East Coast, Matt O’Connor’s Prems Reserves side officially qualified for finals footy, beating Week 1 opponents North Shore by 4 goals on Saturday. Reserves finished 4th and look forward to an exciting blockbuster of a finals series.

The Under 19’s finished 5th place, yet, a long way off finals footy pace. A solid year for Peter Van Vliet’s young men, plenty of positives and reason to believe 2019 can be their year.

Also, Div2 well and truly left right goodnighted their North Shore opponents on Saturday, winning a 4th game for the season to finish 9th. With that victory, they knocked the Bombers out of finals contention. A much better year for Michal Lambert’s team.

But the strongest placed side for the Eagles going into finals, are the EAGALS. Our Womens Div1 team lost to minor Premiers Wollongong on the weekend, but will return to finals footy, finishing 3rd, and setting up a Week 1 elimination clash against arch rivals Pennant Hills. Phil Bester’s women are without a doubt ready to rumble.

The good times are upon us. The best time of year.

The rollercoaster ride begins again, and everyone at East Coast Eagles cannot wait.

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Back to Baulko Snapshot: Around the Grounds

Back to Baulko Day was an outstanding showcase of the past, present and future of the East Coast Eagles football club in Round 16 on Saturday.

Read more on the Prems tight nail biting victory over Pennant Hills Demons @https://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/back-to-baulko-epic-as-eagles-down-the-demons-in-famous-victory/

As for the remainder of the games on Back to Baulko Day, lets take a look around grounds….

Premier Division Reserves – Eagles defeat Demons 7.6.48 to 3.8.26

The Reserves faced must win football against a Pennant Hills side who dominated them in their last meeting back in Round 8. Entering the clash Pennant Hills sat steady with just two losses on top of the table, with the Eagles clinging onto 5th spot, one loss away from slipping out of finals contention. Important defensive inclusions in Luke Mansour, Zach Johns and Matthew Scholz became crucial in the war of attrition battle, as the Eagles undoubtedly owned their opponents in the second half, especially in the 3rd period kicking four goals to none. Martin Karafalis continued his outstanding year deservedly winning best on ground honours, and Jared Patira and James Ford continue forcing themselves as one of the strongest key forward combinations in the competition kicking 5 goals between them. The Ressies saved the best performance for Back to Baulko day gaining real momentum at the right time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 19s Division One – Eagles defeat Demons 8.14.62 to 2.8.20
Club Legend Trevor Hangan called for someone to produce something special for the 19s on Back to Baulko day, and there were plenty of special performances to choose from. Skipper Ryan Van Vliet was tremendous taking countless intercept marks in defence. Bailey Sims and Matt McVey were clinical and speedy up the ground in both attack and defence. Jesse Foxall was brutal at full back and forward pocket star Nipper Adams busted his nose early in the second quarter and returned, continuing his outstanding 2018 form. The Under 19s have fallen out of games too many times in 2018 to achieve finals football, but on Back to Baulko day there was far too much to play for and they would not fall in the same trap. They played their most promising four quarter game of football and inspired a successful day on the field for the club, gaining the first win of the day for the Eagles.

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Division One – EaGals defeat Demons 6.6.42 to 5.0.30

Only a month removed from they’re previous fiery clash, the EaGals closed out Back to Baulko day with a barnstorming win over rivals Pennant Hills, to write another chapter in this slow burning rivalry that continues to get hotter every time they meet. The EaGals fought off early injury concerns to dominate the first half, leading by 3 goals at the main interval, as Sarah Ford was absolutely lethal in front of the sticks, nailing four crucial goals. Youngster and NSW Rams representative Brenna Tarrant was massive on Saturday as well, proving her unparalleled utility value and leading her side to back-to-back wins over the Demons enemy. The EaGals were met with resistance in the second half, but not willing to go down on the biggest day of the year, they pulled through and put Pennant Hills to the sword in the final quarter. Midfielders Chloe Arndt, Em Goodsir and Caiti Rogers were fantastic, whilst Full-Back Jess Britton controlled the backline superbly. Currently sitting 3rd, the EaGals will look to finish the year strong with one eye on finals footy for the second consecutive year.

Division Two – Demons defeat Eagles 7.5.47 to 2.7.19

First game of the day and the Div 2 boys let no one down, despite not being victorious against the rival Demons before making their presence felt on the HILL. Club stalwart Tim Physick was once again outstanding, a bull in defence, but the Eagles were made to rue some missed oppourutnities in front of goal with the game on the line. They never gave up, but the Eagles just could not match the Demons on transition, as Pennant Hills constantly threw caution to the wind towards goal and more often then not coming up trumps. The Demons were smooth, but the Eagles did not make the win easy for they’re opponents, absolutely bringing the pain and laying some massive tackles, setting the tone for the rest of the club later throughout the day.

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Round 3 Snapshot

Premier Division

For the first time in blue and gold colours, Lindsay Scown coached against former club Western Suburbs and boy did the Eagles turn up for their coach. It was a good old fashioned carve up in Round 3, as East Coast did a strong number on their opposition picking up a 93 point win, beating them all over the ground in every aspect of the game. Full-Forward Mark Weekes kicked 8 goals, more than the entire Magpies side, as 18 year-old Lewis Waters gained best-on-ground honours in just his third top grade game. After winning 21.7.133 to 6.4.40 against Wests, East Coach will focus on winning back to back games for the first time in 2018, next week in Round 4.

Read more on the Prems thumping win over Wests – https://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/weekesy-kicks-8-as-east-coast-soar-over-wests/

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Premier Division Reserves

The Eagles got off to a much better start than in Round 2, leading Western Suburbs by 10 points at half time. In the first two quarters, a competitive arm wrestle ensued especially as East Coast struggled to convert numerous chances into goals. It was a much different story in the second half however, as the Magpies could only manage one goal eventually falling by 56 points at the final siren. Although, the Eagles still left a lot to be desired in front of goal kicking 7.10 in the second half, as the final score ended: 14.16.100 to 7.2.44. Alex Foxall and Josh Duncan kicked 3 each in Matthew Scholz’s return game for the club, but utility Jake Roberts was best on ground without a shadow of a doubt. Roberts was unstoppable off half-back, shutting down one of Wests key forwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124992995&c=1-1047-0-477739-0&pool=1

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Under 19’s Division One

Another week, and another loss in the closing moments for the Under 19’s. The future of the Eagles took on the North Shore Bombers in Round 3 and almost pulled off a hellacious upset over a side who has competed in the past four Under 19’s Grand Finals. Dramatically, the Eagles fell at the final hurdle unable to combine and find a way to kick the winning score, losing 5.8.38 to 3.10.28. Three rounds in and zero wins for the Eagles, finals footy may very soon become a bridge too far to climb, but with Saturday Night Footy against Camden in Round 4 this weekend, East Coast have an opportunity to prove the doubters generic cialis tabs wrong. Co-captain Will Mitchell was brutal in defence, rag-dolling many Bombers in a great tackling display. Also, speedy half-back flanker Cameron Wood played his best game of the year, as did Ruckman Tom Grove who fired up against old Bomber teammates.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052686&c=1-1047-0-477740-0&pool=1


Women’s Division One

After a pulsating one point win against Western Magic in Round 2, the Eagals only conceded one point in their Round 3 meeting against Sydney Uni at Kanebridge Oval. But they scored One Hundred and Two. Yes, it was as one-sided as you’ll ever see, with the Eagle women winning 15.12.102 to 0.1.1, once again putting together a four quarter team effort and displaying a killer instinct that coach Phil Bester couldn’t be more proud of. The Eagals continue to play smart and committed footy not afraid to take the game on and beat their opponents with speed, a trademark that midfielders Em Goodsir and Ally Dallaway are consistently producing in 2018, as they were again outstanding on the weekend. Meanwhile, Tara Killminster was lethal in front of goals kicking 5 majors tacking her tally to 8 for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125053001&c=1-1047-0-477743-0&pool=1

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Division Two

The grass sure was greener at Kanebridge Oval this past Saturday as Division Two secured their first win of the season, and yet another thumping victory for the club on a day where East Coast dominated. This particular result was a long time coming for Division Two, with the Eagles maintaining destructive and dazzling form against a hapless Western Suburbs side, 17.17.121 to 3.3.19. It is a positive sign for the sides development that a more consistent goalkicking record could have boosted the winning margin, as the Twos’ are beginning to prove a handful inside their forward half, constantly keeping the pill locked in their forward 50 with impressive defensive pressure. AC Mohammad was unstoppable on this day, kicking 3 as the clear best on ground whilst James Salvador is beginning to find his best form, bringing his infectious presence and passion to a side that is up and about after this 100 point win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052620&c=1-1047-0-477741-0&pool=1

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Round 4 Fixtures

U19’s Division 1 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 6.10pm
Premier Division 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 3.40pm
Premier Division Reserves 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 1.40pm
Men’s Division 2 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 11.50am
Women’s Division 1 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Wollongong East Coast North Dalton Park 1.00pm

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Round 2 Snapshot

Premier Division:

After a strong Round 1 performance against St George, the East Coast Eagles Premier Division side backed up in Round 2 falling short against Sydney University by 10 points. In a closely fought battle where momentum was difficult to sustain over long periods, Uni proved clinical enough to take the points and remain undefeated, despite a wave of defensive and tackling pressure inflicted by the Eagles across four quarters. Stuart Turner was fantastic again laying 15 tackles, and gun utility Trent Stubbs dominated up forward kicking 4 goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more on the Prems loss to Sydney University – https://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/the-students-topple-the-eagles-in-a-colossal-round-2-showdown/

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Premier Division Reserves:

Alike the Prems, the Reserves despite cruising to victory in Round 1 met far greater opposition this past weekend. The Eagles were stunned in the first quarter by Sydney University, not registering a score, and it was only atrocious kicking from Uni to the tune of 2.10.22 that prevented a total whitewash before the match had barely begun. Trailing at half-time by 34 points, the Eagles fought hard with a small comeback narrowing the margin to a couple of goals at the final break. However, Uni played smart tempo footy to nullify any push the Eagles spiritedly could mount in the last quarter. Veterans Daniel Spiteri, Ryan Fitton and Jared Patira were once again tremendous in the 9.18.72 to 7.7.49 loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124992816&c=1-1047-0-477739-0&pool=1

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Under 19’s Division One:

Never in my footballing career have a returned to a changeroom with a team so deflated. The footy gods can be cruel sometimes and the East Coast 19’s side painfully learnt that against Sydney University who kicked two goals in the final minute to sink the devastated Eagles by just 4 points. Whilst an improvement on Round 1, East Coast still have a lot to work on to be considered a threat in this competition. Nevertheless, the backline were immense in this clash as Matt McVey, Cal O’Donnell and Bailey Sims dominated, repelling numerous entries into the forward line and igniting speedy passages of play up the ground. Co-Captain Will Mitchell was also outstanding, emerging as a  dynamic tackling two-way midfielder who willingly puts his body on the line. The forthcoming cheap viagra sale Round 3 clash with North Shore shapes as must-win football earlier than expected for the 19’s.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125053024&c=1-1047-0-477740-0&pool=1

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Women’s Division One:

How proud are we of our Eagals, the only victorious East Coast side from the weekend. A classic battle between two hungry sides, the East Coast women were pushed to their absolute limits against an injury ravaged Western Magic, scraping home by a solitary point. They knew it would be a tough game, and the Eagals promised to never say die, displaying exceptional courage and resilience in front of many happy supporters. The Eagals have hit 2018 with a purpose, reinvigorating their side with a difficult to defend run against the play style of football, however, backline exits remain an area that needs improvement. These are the sort of wins that strengthen a football side and define the potential of a playing group. To grind out a 1 point win, is a moment that will surely inspire an exciting season for the East Coast women, who are sure to go very close in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game –  http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052913&c=1-1047-0-477743-0&pool=1

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Division Two:

The end scoreline of 13.9.87 to 1.6.12 did not reflect the effort and tenacity of the Eagles second division side against Sydney University, as they showed that they are clearly building something special, yet, recognizing that all great rebuilds take time. Coach Michael Lambert noted after the game that he was impressed by the run and carry provided out of the backline, communication through the midfield and second efforts in the forward line. However, clearance and forward 50 entries are areas which still must improve in order for the 2’s to start being more competitive. Troy Jones was best on in the midfield, and Dave Berger ended the game with a broken nose. It was that sort of night for the Eagles.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052677&c=1-1047-0-477741-0&pool=1

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Get ready for Round 3, because we’re back at home.

Round 3 Fixtures:

Women’s Division One – vs Sydney Uni @Kanebridge Oval 9:00am
Division Two – vs Western Suburbs @Kanebridge Oval 10:40am
Premier Division Reserves – vs Western Suburbs @Kanebridge Oval 12:20pm
Premier Division – vs Western Suburbs @Kanebridge Oval 2:50pm
Under 19’s Division One – vs North Shore @Kanebridge Oval 4:50pm

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Round 1 Snapshot

Premier Division:

The Eagles kicked off the Lindsay Scown era with a thumping 59 point win over an underwhelming St George Dragons. It was one way traffic for the Eagles, kicking 13 goals to the Dragons 2 after quarter time, to take valuable Round 1 competition points winning 15.11.101 to 5.12.42. Defending club champion Stuart Turner was impressive claiming best on, but it was the Eagles young brigade who made the most exciting impact for the home side. Connor O’Brien, Baylee Jones, Dan Saywell and Lewis Waters (the latter on debut), were outstanding, playing well above their age displaying an exceptional footy education, and cementing strong futures for themselves at the club.

Read more on the Prems crushing defeat of St George – https://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/eagles-tame-dragon-fire-in-round-1-dismantling/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Premier Division Reserves:

After falling just short of playing finals footy in 2017, the Eagles Premier Division reserves were potent in attack and ruthless in defence, blowing St George off the park in the first quarter, kicking 5 goals to nil. Winning 15.12.102 to 5.8.38 over the defending premiers, East Coast have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in 2018, as the Eagles consistently executed silky passages of play and a willingness to win the hunt. Experienced compatriots Daniel Spiteri, James Ford and Josh Duncan were excellent in the Round 1 win, but newcomers Jake Roberts and Nick Yazdani (who kicked 2 goals) were just as impressive, demonstrating a strong balance within the side that is sure to make 2018 an exciting year.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124993070&c=1-1047-0-477739-0&pool=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women’s Division One:

In 2017, the East Coast Eagles welcomed their first ever Women’s team who finished 5th and played finals football. In 2018, the Eagals look destined to resoundingly improve on previous results, as massive developments in skill and football intuition have been gained over the pre-season, evident throughout a promising four quarter performance defeating Manly by 48 points, 11.1.0.76 to 4.4.28. All 21 Eagal players were fantastic and equal contributors to the first round victory, but it was elusive speedy midfielder Em Goodsir that proved herself as best on, with youngsters Chloe Arndt and Maddie Ferguson also dynamic. Eagles supporters can look buy viagra online discount forward to a promising season for our treasured Eagals.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052646&c=1-1047-0-477743-0&pool=1

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Under 19’s Division 1:

Rebounding from a celebrated season which saw a return to finals football for the Under 19’s, East Coast’s youngest side struggled to maintain cohesion and poise in a disappointing first round loss to defending premiers St George, 9.7.63 to 3.11.29. Inaccurate goal kicking was a clear Achilles heel, and despite registering a competitive Inside 50 count, forward line pressure remains a key area to improve upon, in preparation for a Round 2 showdown with Sydney University. Nonetheless, the back-line were solid countering many challenges imposed by the Dragons speedy attack, with Brock McMillan and Callum O’Donnell the strongest of the bunch. A small speed-bump and a good learning lesson for the 19’s, but Premierships aren’t won or lost in Round 1. We’ll be back.

For more information of the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052864&c=1-1047-0-477740-0&pool=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Division Two:

Despite a 39 point loss, going down 14.14.98 to 9.5.59 against St George, promising signs were made from Division Two on the weekend, displaying a commendable resilience and spirit across the four quarters. Lead by new skipper Lochie Fisher and coach Michael Lambert, the Twos’ proved they could hang with the same side that crushed them by an excess of 150 points in 2017, outscoring their St George opponents by 5 goals to 1 in the final quarter. A little to late sure, but this writer prefers to focus on the positives. One of which, was the new breed of talent to the club in the form of midfielders Darren Mahenthirarajah, Troy Jones and Ruckman Andrew Bean, who were immense among others.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052638&c=1-1047-0-477741-0&pool=1

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BRING ON ROUND 2, get down and support our Eagle men and women as they continue to make early inroads in their respective competitions.

Round 2 Fixtures:

Friday 
Women’s Division One – vs Western Magic @BISP no.2 7:30pm
Saturday
Under 19’s Division One – vs Sydney University @Henson Park 9:30am
Premier Division – vs Sydney University @Henson Park 2:50pm
Premier Division Reserves – vs Sydney University @Henson Park 5:20pm
Division Two – vs Sydney University @Henson Park 7:20pm

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The Bundaberg Bullet dominates Round 4

Apparently Bundaberg, Queensland may be his home town, but no one except his Mum really knows exactly where he came from.  His Facebook page (which presumably he himself updates) says he was born July 5th 1986, so the world has had the pleasure of his company now for nearly 29 years.

Just where he cohabitated between 1986 and 2007 is anybody’s guess.  In 2008 (which is the first year Google can find any reference to him) he played with Morningside in Brisbane and represented the QAFL against WA in Townsville as a team mate to some big names who finished up with Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  But our boy didn’t get to AFL level with them because he decided to hitch a ride north to Cairns ready for a tropical 2009.

Crathern Medal 2009 172  Pic. Supplied CC181134

Crathern Medallist 2009 …………… Andrew Browning

He decided to play with the South Cairns Cutters (I’m tipping they were in sugar cane country) and no doubt with a bellyful of Bundy Rum in him he enjoyed a stellar debut season. In fact it was so good he won the Crathern Medal with 25 votes in the far north Queensland comp. The gala presentation night completely belonged to Andrew Browning who treated the audience to a full length rendition of the Van Morrison classic “Jackie Wilson Said” – complete with dance moves after accepting his award.  Later that week big AB’s side the Cutters lost the GF to the Cairns Saints.

Click here to watch a video of the great man’s 2009 season.  Check out the haircut at the end!!

Not sure where he disappeared to after 2009, although I think Tatura in the Goulburn Valley League may have played some part in the big man’s burgeoning footy career. But in 2013 he popped up at Belconnen to play with their NEAFL side. The Magpies met the Swans in the Grand Final that year but lost when AB went down for the count with concussion.

And then in 2014 he became an Eagle when he and his lovely partner Kimberly Gorrie wandered into (then) Bruce Purser Reserve looking for a game. The bearded one made an immediate impression on everyone with his unbelievable energy and drive for the game which was never more evident than in last Saturday’s top of the table clash against Pennant Hills.

His performance in at times torrential rain inspired this writer to research his background because he won’t tell us. Coach Michael Sankey commented after the game …. “AB was best on by a country mile today. His was a herculean effort considering the conditions and deserved to win it twice.”  AB took it upon himself to ruck all day, kick the longest goal of the match with a second quarter drop punt using a very wet and heavy footy and lead the side to the top of the Round 4 ladder.

Pic by Les Cass from “Team Cass”.

Directed by Browning, the Eagles showed extraordinary commitment and skills in the difficult buy generic cialis online in usa conditions to win the Warren “Pops” Quintrell shield for the first time since 2011.  (It was competed for during our time in the NEAFL but it was always going to be difficult to win it.)  Understandably scores remained low, but nevertheless the final margin of 28 points was indicative of East Coast’s superiority on the day.

The re-match at Kanebridge Oval takes place on July 4th when the Back to Baulko day and Mr Perpetual Motion explode into action. Don’t miss it …..

Pennant Hills 0.0 0.3 1.3 3.4 (22)
East Coast Eagles 2.4 3.7 6.8 7.8 (50)
Goals : Pennant Hills –
R Ediriwickrama, M Carey, P Witt.
East Coast – T Stubbs 3, A McConnell 2, D Spiteri, A Browning.
Best : Pennant Hills – T Angel, R Ediriwickrama, D Dell’Aquila, D Witt, K Wright, M Johnston.
East Coast – A Browning, S Turner, K Emery, D Charleston, Jamie Vlatko, Josh Cass.

This week’s Red and White Online summary of Round 4 can be found here.

Division One saw the debut of 26 year old Blake Anderson who has just arrived at East Coast from Perth where he was a regular League player with Claremont. The club took the opportunity of acclimatising Blake in the ‘twos’ this week against Pennant Hills, but his inclusion was not enough to avoid a 22 point defeat at the hands of the Demons. Matty Scholz was best and Anderson obviously impressed his new team mates with them judging him as their Players’ Player.

Final score: Pennant Hills 8-4 (52) defeated East Coast Eagles 3-12 (30)         

The U19’s opened like a bullet out of a gun against the highly fancied Demons’ outfit and surprised the host team by leading well at quarter time, 3-1 to 1-2. Isaac Heath was the spearhead and confidence was high. From here however Pennant Hills took control kicking 10-13 in the last three quarters to finally win by 55 points. Best for the Eagles were James Monks and Alexander Van Vliet.

Final scores: Pennant Hills 11-15 (81) defeated East Coast Eagles 4-2 (26)        

Pic by Tracey Stewart.

The first game of the day saw a very popular breakthrough win for Matt O’Connor’s Division Three side. Once again the opponent was arch rival Pennant Hills and the lads had been fired up for victory for two weeks, having been rained out last week. It was neck and neck in the first two quarters with just three and two points between them at the first two breaks. But a strong third quarter during which the Demons were held goalless saw the Eagles pull out a match winning break which was further enhanced in the last to win by 18 points. Nick Murfitt played his best footy for the season thus far to take out the BOG honours.

Final score: Pennant Hills 5-8 were defeated by (38) East Coast Eagles 8-8 (56)        

All updated Eagles Extravaganza results can be found at this link.

Rounds 1- 3 wrap for the Eagles

The first three rounds of AFL Sydney football have provided contrasting fortunes for all the East Coast Eagles teams.

ROUND 1

Jack Dimery leads out the Eagles in his 100th game.  Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

Jack Dimery leads out the Eagles in his 100th game. Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

At Premier Division level this was the match up that most in Sydney football had waited five months for since the 2015 fixture was announced by AFL Sydney. The reigning Premiers Manly Giants (2013 / 14) up against the returning East Coast Eagles who, prior to joining the NEAFL in 2012, had taken out successive flags in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The weather was fantastic, the newly named Kanebridge Oval was in superb condition and the crowd was rolling in to watch two sides go at it hammer and tong in an attempt to claim early bragging rights. Jack Dimery playing his 100th senior game for the Club led the team out into the abundant sunshine. Every one of those 100 games has been at Premier Division or NEAFL level.

Both sides started well and had four each on the board at quarter time. But it just “looked like” the Eagles were gaining the upper hand.  Kicking to the Vesta Homes Commercial Road end in the second term, East Coast piled on 7-1 to go into half time 27 points up.

On the terraces the Eagles supporters were happy to see their returning side well on top but as always every fan knows that the second half can play tricks. In a very tight and tactical third quarter the Eagles could only increase their lead by seven points. The score at ¾ time was 13-2 to 6-10.  The Giants had more scoring shots, which can often be an indicator as to whether a side still remains in touch with the leader.

And that’s the way it turned out. A cracker of a last quarter saw East Coast in front at the 20 minute mark by 23 points, 15-5 to 10-12.  At the 25 min mark it was 16 points, and at the 27 minute mark it was 10. With 29 seconds left the Eagles were desperately hanging on to a three point margin which they still held when the final siren blew. Trouble was the ball was in the hands of Manly’s Tom McCaffery who had marked 40 metres out from goals at the Vesta Homes School end.  His shot wobbled through, but shaky or not, it still counted for six points and the Giants had stolen a most unlikely victory.

Trent Stubbs was best for the home side and also took the goal kicking honours with five.

East Coast Eagles 4.0 11.1 13.2 15.5 (95)
Manly-Warringah 4.2 6.4 6.10 14.14 (98)
Goals: East Coast –
 T Stubbs 5, A McConnell 2, D Spiteri, J Dimery, D Charleston, M Eastman,  S Turner, Jon Vlatko, D Costello, S Reed.
Manly – C Pettersson 3, J Pola-Smith 3, T McCaffery 2, C Livori, H Washington, B Fowler, D Bonney, J Parker, S Batten. 
Best: East Coast –
 T Stubbs, D Charleston, A McConnell, J Dimery, E Kruger, D Costello.
Manly – W Brassil, J Brain, T McCaffery, R Wearne, C Pettersson, R Whitton.
At Kanebridge Oval, Saturday 11th April 2015.

In other grades East Coast had a fabulous win over a shell shocked Southern Power by 60 points with James Ford starring in a wonderful comeback to AFL footy after two years away overseas.

Division Three went down by 37 points in what was really a high standard game. Our boys were good, but Sydney Uni were simply better.  Will Dickinson took the honours for best on and put some cash in his owners’ pocket in Round 1 of Extravaganza. You can always read about all the results in Eagles Extravaganza each round by clicking here. 

The U19’s, most of whom are new to the Eagles in 2015, lost to Manly by 69 points under lights after the Premier Division game had finished. Josh Rodman was East Coast’s best while Connor Stewart kicked two of the Eagles’ four goals.

Click here to read Michael Shillito’s AFL Sydney Round 1 review.

ROUND 2

After the hurly burly of Round 1 home matches it was nice to head for away pastures. Unfortunately the Divisional nature of the AFL Sydney competition means teams are scattered far and wide across the city for away matches.

Dean Costello is the Leader of the Pack.   Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri

Dean Costello is the Leader of the Pack. Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri

Premier Division were at Picken Oval, the home of Western Suburbs who proudly play on a ground which is side by side with their long established Licenced Club of West Magpies. Wests haven’t had a lot to cheer about in recent years, but it is often a danger to play the Magpies early in the season as traditionally they are always good off season recruiters. 2015 was no different with lots of new names in the Football Record, including some from the much maligned Campbelltown Club who had withdrawn from the Premier Division competition in the week leading up to Round 1.

Both sides had lost their opening round clashes by less than a kick, but it was the Eagles viagra online safety wearing their brand new away strip who started magnificently and had three goals on the board in as many minutes to shell shock a confident Wests. They never recovered from that early onslaught and went further behind both in confidence and on the scoreboard the further the game went. 24 points behind at quarter time, 39 at half time, 74 at ¾ time and eventually losing to a rampaging Eagles outfit by 88 points. East Coast were determined not to experience a last quarter brain fade like last week.

Scott Pierce in his best ever performance in an Eagles jumper kicked seven from full forward and Andrew McConnell got four which along with his superb around the ground game, earned him the match committee’s nomination as the Eagles’ best.

The bearded Andrew Browning leads the East Coast Eagles victory song.  Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

The bearded Andrew Browning leads the East Coast Eagles victory song. Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

Western Suburbs 1.1 4.4 6.4 7.4 (46)
East Coast Eagles 4.7 10.7 17.12 20.14 (134)
Goals: Wests – B Mumme 2, J Robinson 2, J Ross, P Maxwell, D Clout.
East Coast – S Pierce 7, A McConnell 4, S Reed 3, T Stubbs 2, A Browning, M Skuse, W Bradley, J Ford. 
Best: Wests –
 J Robinson, T Etto, R Speed, T Charles, C Gordon, P Bevan.
East Coast – A McConnell, T Stubbs, A Browning, S Pierce, W Bradley, S Turner.
At Picken Oval, Saturday 18th April 2015.

Division One were at Macquarie Uni for a match which most expected them to win. The players did too in the first quarter when they opened strongly with an impressive first quarter performance. Unfortunately things fell away after that for the visitors with only three more majors being posted, compared to Mac Uni’s 11 goals. Cameron Arndt was best in an unexpectedly disappointing team performance.

The Div Three boys came up against a Magpies side that boasted more fire power than we could muster. A very poor second quarter saw the Eagles held goalless and it was the five majors that Wests kicked in this term this term which was ultimately the difference between the two sides.

Anthony Baddock played a blinder in the centre and got the coach’s nod for BOG on the day.

At Sydney Uni, Greg Thomas’ U19s got off to a great start and remained strongly in the game up to three quarter time. Injuries however proved their downfall in the last quarter and a depleted team was overrun by the home side when they allowed them to kick six goals in the final term.   Joel Walsh and James Monks were best for the young Eagles while Isaac Heath steered four through the big ones.

Michael Shillito’s Sydney AFL Round 2 full report

ROUND 3

Trent Stubbs nails one of his five goals for the day.  Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

Trent Stubbs nails one of his five goals for the day. Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

Sydney’s big wet during the week was caused (believe it or not) by an “East Coast low” as the Weather Bureau calls it out in the Pacific Ocean. This low pressure system brought unbelievable rain to the city and suburbs, the outcome of which caused AFL Sydney to postpone all matches apart from Premier Division.

Kanebridge Oval was in excellent condition brought about by the purpose built drainage system beneath the turf.  So much so that the Club invited the Kellyville / Rouse Hill Magpies Junior club to play four matches in the lead up to the big one at 2.30pm.

The kids and their parents responded big time. Geez, they can eat those kids!!

Kieran Emery concentrates hard at 3/4 time - Picture by Mark Spiteri

Kieran Emery concentrates hard at 3/4 time – Picture by Mark Spiteri

After the traditional on field memorial service for the Anzac Round, the East Coast Eagles and the UTS Bats commenced their own battle. UTS were sitting on top of the ladder coming into Round 3 and a difficult match was expected for the afternoon.  UTS won the toss and kicked with a strong breeze to the northern end but it would be the only thing they would win all day however as the home side made mincemeat of a team which promised so much.

38 scoring shots to 6 at the end of a miserable day for the Bats was the unfortunate story for the visitors. They were crushed by a hard running, hard tackling side which took all before it in an emphatic 122 point victory.

Trent Stubbs with five goals, James Ford with four and Diamond Jack Dimery around the ground took the best player and goalkicking honours.

East Coast Eagles 6.2 10.9 16.13 21.17 (143)
University of Technology 1.1 1.2 2.3 3.3 (21)
Goals: East Coast – T Stubbs 5, J Ford 4, Jamie Vlatko 2, S Pierce 2, A McConnell 2, S O’Connor, W Bradley, S Turner, J Dimery, A Drinkwater, Josh Cass.
UTS – J Law, T Larby, T Nixon.
Best: East Coast – T Stubbs, J Dimery, J Ford, A Drinkwater, S Turner, K Emery.
UTS – J Law, T Larby, M Puhle, D Ipaviz, J Hewitt, W Bland.
At Kanebridge Oval, Sunday 26th April 2015.

Read this weeks Red & White Online review of the Round 3 action.