EAGALS Lose Out In Preliminary Final Battle Of The Birds

Finals footy is about rising to the occasion. Despite a four quarter effort and a never say die attitude, our EAGALS could not pull out the victory against an aggressive Inner Wests Magpies outfit.

After a slim loss to Manly last week in the first Grand Final Qualifier, East Coast ventured to Henson Park for their final bite of the cherry. It was do or die footy, with a spot in the big dance on the line. There was no tommorow for the loser.

Adding even more gravitas to the narrative, Inner Wests Magpies was one of only two sides to beat our EAGALS in the home and away season, back in Round 1.

The Magpies play a bruising style of footy. They really throw their weight around, and seek to use momentum to their advantage. We had to counter that if we wanted to secure a Grand Final berth.

The first quarter was a tough affair, both sides had plenty of the footy yet neither could kick a goal. The EAGALS struggled with forward 50 entries, despite their strong ability to earn clearances.

With a score of just 2-1 at Quarter-Time, we were only just behind in this stalemate.

Both sides returned to the field fired up, and after Inner Wests worked their way towards their goal, our defence faltered for only a second, as the Magpies scrambled to kick the first goal of the day.

Never fear EAGAL fans, as it wasn’t too long until we got one back through Shannon Smit. Smit was able to capitalize on a fortunate 50 metre free kick, before roosting one from 30 out straight through the sticks at the carpark end, before launching into a fired up celebration to pump up the side.

A stalemate resumed after this, and the scores were locked at 8-8 going into half-time.

The old saying in footy goes: The 3rd Quarter is the Premiership Quarter. Boy how this was proven true on Saturday.

Inner Wests came out of the blocks determined to make their move. As they won the clearance battle and made few mistakes with their skills, the Magpies began to run away with the game. The EAGALS lost key players to injuries, and it began to unravel for us. Down 40-8 at 3QT, we needed a response and quick.

Kicking with the wind in the final quarter, we had to go straight away; and we did. Skipper Sarah Ford went to her danger zone, and led her side back into the battle in an inspired effort. Ford, Georgia Garnett and Em Hurley kicked three rapid goals in a flurry to bring the game back to life.

Inner Wests were flustered but they regained footing, and played a very defensive game from here on out. They were hanging by a thread, all they could do was try and hold on.

It was a fantastic game of footy for the final 10 minutes, but time was fast running out.

We never gave up, our hearts were always in it, but alas the siren sounded and the EAGALS were still behind.

Inner Wests got the job done, and ran out 14 point winners, booking their spot in an intriguing 2020 Grand Final against Manly.

As mentioned Sarah Ford and Shannon Smit were unbelievable, with both throwing themselves into every contest with incredible desire for the footy, especially when Smit became the makeshift Ruckman late. Ally Dallaway and Georgia Garnett were additionally tremendous, showcasing a strong skill set and hunger for the footy all over the ground.

It wasn’t to be in 2020, but wow what a year it has been.

The entire East Coast Eagles family commend and applaud our EAGALS on their achievements this season, as they continue to show why they are one of the best endorsement for women’s sport in our community.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 1.2-8 1.2-8 4.3-27
Inner West Magpies 0.2-2 1.2-8 6.4-40 6.5-41
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: G. Garnett, E. Hurley, S. Ford, S. Smit
Best Players: G. Garnett, A. Dallaway, C. Arndt, S. Ford, S. Smit, B. Hourigan
Inner West Magpies
Goal Kickers: R. Privitelli 3, L. Lodge 2, M. Ekman
Best Players: L. Kassem, E. Heads, M. Convery, R. Privitelli, M. Montgomerie, L. Lodge

Finals Footy Roars At Kanebridge But EAGALS Lose A Close One

It had the potential to be one of the greatest games ever seen at Kanebridge Oval. Although difficult conditions, namely frustrating winds, prevented the contest from reaching its apex, this Grand Final Qualifier was still an outstanding battle between two sides desperate for a win.

The EAGALS had the ball in their court. A home semi-final against Minor Premiers Manly, and a returning EAGAL in Em Goodsir, where the winner would launch into a Grand Final.

“We Never Lose At Home” was the message of motivation for the EAGALS in the sheds prior to the game, a true fact, since our Premier Division Women had yet to be beaten at home in 2020. There was a job to do, and it was up to our EAGALS to complete their mission.

As mentioned, frustrating winds kept both teams at bay early, making it increasingly challenging to hit targets with the boot and put together too many strong passages of play. Straight out of the gate, it became clear that this contest would be a grind for four quarters, with goals coming at a premium.

Despite the conditions, Manly were able to win the first clearance and quickly enter Inside 50, before kicking the first goal of the game. The EAGALS looked for a response all quarter, with midfielder Ally Dallaway impressing with her run and speed through the middle part of the ground to provide her forwards with scoring opportunities. Shannon Smit was also playing a massive role, throwing herself at every contest and becoming a real strong marking presence up front. Unfortunately, still we couldn’t find a goal and went into Quarter-Time down by 5 points.

We went into the next term determined to get back on top. Em Hurley was awarded a free kick and slotted our first goal of the day, before Manly countered with a major of their own. It was tough going for our EAGALS, with unfortunate injuries beginning to affect structures, making it a challenge to keep focused and switched on at times. Nevertheless, we were right in the game at half-time as Manly kept their 5 point lead.

The 3rd quarter had to be our best, as this is the time where the big games are won and lost. We gained first momentum, and were on song defensively, becoming a fortress with Renee Tomkins running the show and destroying anyone who came near. Manly defended well themselves, but after a build-up of untidy errors from the opposition, Georgina Fowler took advantage and kicked our second goal. Still, Manly kept the lead at 3QT, 6 points up.

The final term took an age, with multiple Manly injuries causing a halt in play, and even the boundary umpire unfortunately going down injured. Therefore, it was hard to get any real rhythm going, but the ball started moving faster than it had all game. The game saw plenty of stoppages late, with both teams looking for a crucial goal. However, it never came and after a scoreless final quarter, Manly did enough to win by 6 points and book themselves a Grand Final spot.

We stayed in the fight for four quarters, but could just never cling to a lead long enough to get us over the line. It was a heartbreaker, but we have no time for moping because we thankfully get a second bite of the cherry next week.

Henson Park will be the scene, 1:10 the time.

It will the EAGALS vs Inner Wests Magpies in a Preliminary Final Showdown. Winner goes to the big dance, loser goes home empty handed.

It’ll be an intriguing battle considering Inner Wests won the previous matchup in Round 1 earlier this season.

If you bleed Blue and Gold like our EAGALS, then make sure you’re there in support.

Will Cashmore
FINAL SCORE Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Manly Warringah Wolves 1.0-6 2.1-13 3.2-20 3.2-20
East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 1.2-8 2.2-14 2.2-14
Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers: J. Doyle, H. Graham, C. Johnson
Best Players: C. Johnson, A. Roditis, J. Layton, H. Graham, E. Goodsir , E. Graham
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: G. Fowler, E. Hurley
Best Players: A. Dallaway, S. Ford, B. Tarrant, B. Parker, R. Tomkins, B. Hourigan

EAGALS Show Their Might And Knock Off Southern Power

Can you smell it in the air?

Finals Footy baby, it’s here.

There is no better month in footy, then when the finals series rolls around, and in this year’s Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Competition, five teams headed into finals all looking to make an impact.

For our EAGALS the task was simple:

  • Beat Southern Power, and go on to book a date with Manly at home in a Grand Final Qualifier.

Or…..

  • Lose to Southern Power, and face either Inner Wests Magpies or North Shore Bombers (the only two sides we did not beat in the Home and Away season) in an Elimination Semi-Final.

With the added occasion of finals, there was an enhanced degree of pressure imposed on East Coast approaching the game, knowing full well they were meeting a fired up Power army from the South.

However, I firmly believe that finals footy it is not about the skill.

If you weren’t a skilful footy side, you wouldn’t be in finals. To win finals footy, you have to want it more than your opponent in every facet of the game. You’ve got to find that extra effort to go all the way.

In all the drama and excitement of finals footy, we also welcomed an EAGAL debutant, with athletic forward Abbey Martin earning her first Prems Jersey. Hell bent on kicking off her Prems Career in style, Martin kicked the first goal of the game, letting Southern Power know she was here to make a statement.

Elsewhere, East Coast looked to play a physical brand of footy and intimidate their opponents. To see proof of this, look no further then EAGAL Ruckman Em Hurley’s brutal hip and shoulder to one poor Southern Power soul. The poor girl was rattled, but this didn’t led to EAGAL domination straight away.

On a whole, the first quarter saw a lack of consistent connection amongst the EAGALS, with Southern Power winning tons of hard footy right under our noses to apply forward pressure. Brenna Tarrant, Bailee Hourgian and Renee Tomkins were outstanding in defence nonetheless, collecting plenty of crucial intercept and rebounding possessions.

7 all at QT.

It was an arm wrestle going forward, with momentum so hard to capture for long periods. Both sides looked to use their speed through the midfield to gain an advantage, and East Coast took the bogey lead into half-time by just 13 points. It would take some strong leadership from senior EAGALS to get the W.

The Premiership 3rd Quarter was a tantalizing contest, personifying the back and forth notion that so often appears in finals footy. Southern Power looked to make their move, kicking three goals to East Coast’s two, but their inaccuracy in front of goal let the EAGALS off the hook as we tired defensively. With a 5 point lead at 3QT, it was there for the taking for both sides.

As bodies began to cramp up, we gritted our teeth and pulled together for one final surge. We knew what lay ahead, and what a victory would mean. We had that added desire, determination and dedication and we would not let this game slip. We powered home against a Southern Power side who lacked power late, winning by 23 points.

Georgina Fowler played her best game of the season, as the wiry young speedster kicked two goals whilst wreaking havoc in the forward line. Sarah Ford played a real captains knock, and debutant Abbey Martin starred with 3 goals.

As mentioned above, we now face Manly at our Kanebridge Oval home next week with the winner going through to the Grand Final, and the loser getting one more bite of the cherry. Believe me, we could be about to bear witness to one of the best games of footy Kanebridge Oval has ever seen. Make sure you get down there, to witness our EAGALS play for a spot in the big dance.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 1.1-7 3.2-20 5.4-34 8.6-54
Southern Power 1.1-7 1.1-7 4.5-29 4.7-31
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: A. Martin 3, G. Fowler 2, C. Arndt, E. Wilson, E. Hurley
Best Players: G. Fowler, S. Ford, R. Tomkins, A. Martin, A. Dallaway, B. Tarrant
Southern Power
Goal Kickers: C. Davidson, A. McClure, L. Holdsworth, E. Eaves
Best Players: N. Murray, R. Sargent-Wilson, B. Mowbray, J. Whelan, B. McGuire, M. Smith

EAGALS Secure a Top Two Finals Berth By Destroying UTS

The EAGALS are flying the flag for East Coast in 2020, and we could not be more proud.

Coming into their Round 9 game, a top two finals spot was on the line, but they had to win big. They had to win big, and they had to play for four quarters, in what was a dry run of sorts for finals next week.

UTS were always going to come to play, but East Coast stamped their authority from the moment the siren sounded.

Saturday Night Footy was on!

It looked like a completely different side on Saturday night. Sure the personnel was largely similar to usual, however there was a fire in the eyes across the team, you could just tell we had that desire and determination to dominate.

We were doing the 1%’s, spoiling, smothering and most notably tackling with furious aggression around the ground. UTS had some chances to go forward, but Georgia Garnett and Renee Tomkins led a repelling backline marvelously, as UTS only managed three shots on goal all evening.

The first quarter was a brutal affair, both on the field and scoreboard. The EAGALS led by 30 points at Quarter-Time, and showed no signs of slowing down.

We were hell bent on winning the footy, displaying multiple second and third efforts at the contest. Not to mention, our skills were elite all over the park. It was just smooth viewing from the stands, as onlookers noticed how well the pieces seemed to be coming together for this side. 52 points up with a half to play, and were were keen to keep that margin ticking over.

East Coast sent more pain UTS’s way in the third, booting home four more goals, before rounding out the 90 point victory with a classy final quarter which saw UTS held to zero.

Brenna Tarrant was again strong, kicking 3 majors, demonstrating an important forward presence. Additionally, four players kicked 2 each – Georgina Fowler, Liz Wilson, Sarah Ford, and Chloe Arndt, who showed a handy ability to play a role up forward, alongside her typically trusty form on ball and down back.

This win sets up an epic showdown with Southern Power next week in the first week of finals. Our EAGALS have now gained a top two spot in back-to-back seasons, securing a double bite of the cherry in the finals series. The EAGALS could take one more giant leap towards another Grand Final with victory here, making this contest even more intriguing.

We are on raging fire at the perfect time of year, but we should not and will not rest on our laurels. The job is well and truly not done.

Coach Peter Steer will need too keep his side focused and ready for this coming weekend.

Get down to Henson Park this Saturday afternoon at 1pm. There will be plenty of fireworks and passion as our EAGALS face off against Southern Power in finals footy. Good luck team.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 5.1-31 9.5-59 13.7-85 15.13-103
UTS Australian Football Club 0.1-1 1.1-7 2.1-13 2.1-13
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers:B. Tarrant 3, G. Fowler 2, C. Arndt 2, E. Wilson 2, S. Ford 2, K. Bolster, I. Gow, B. Parker, S. Smit
Best Players:S. Ford, G. Garnett, A. Dallaway, G. Fowler, B. Tarrant, R. Tomkins
UTS Australian Football Club
Goal Kickers:M. Lindsay , J. Quade
Best Players: M. Lindsay , C. Gunjaca, A. Amberg, G. Hill, S. Goldrick, E. Donnelly
2020 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Home And Away Season
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 Manly Warringah Wolves 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 445 154 288.96 88.89
2 East Coast Eagles 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 472 180 262.22 77.78
3 Southern Power 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 388 181 214.36 77.78
4 North Shore Bombers 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 375 147 255.10 66.67
5 Inner West Magpies 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 443 222 199.55 66.67
6 Sydney University 9 5 4 0 0 0 0 269 268 100.37 55.56
7 Pennant Hills Demons 9 2 7 0 0 0 0 228 412 55.34 22.22
8 UTS Australian Football Club 9 1 7 1 0 0 0 162 474 34.18 16.67
9 Macquarie University 9 1 7 1 0 0 0 96 364 26.37 16.67
10 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 9 1 8 0 0 0 0 113 589 19.19 11.1

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 9

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Win Big As Ressies Send UTS Packing

Despite falling out of finals contention, the Magoos were on a mission to finish the season on a strong note. With plenty to play for, including Josh Duncan playing his final game of footy before hanging up the boots, East Coast were not willing to slip up against a winless UTS. It was a Duncan showcase throughout much of the game, with Josh playing down forward contributing 4.8 on the scoreboard, and younger brother Aaron producing elite run and service out of the midfield whilst kicking 3 goals himself. With victory looking like a formality after not even a quarter, the Eagles enjoyed themselves by experimenting with the footy and developing some silky passages in attack. Leading by 66 at half-time, there was a chance to really put on a score late, and with seven goals in the final term the Magoos crunched their opponents, winning by 113 points. Finally, in one of the moments of the year, key defender Nick Johns kicked his first goal of 2020, with the last kick of the day. A truly great way to finish a much improved Magoos season.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 18.18.126 to UTS 1.7.13

Read Morehttps://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616676&c=1-1047-0-563513-0&pool=1

Under 19’s Division 1 – BYE

Our Under 19’s side had the bye in Round 9, however, with a victory over Pennant Hills on Back to Baulko day last week they had qualified for finals. Finishing 5th, we will face Manly in a grudge match at Henson Park this Saturday at 9am.

Women’s Division One – EAGALS Stay In Fight Early But Go Down Swinging Against Saints

Coming up against a strong Randwick City Saints side to close out 2020, you would not be in the minority for thinking our EAGALS might have another slow start in the first quarter. However, it was the complete opposite, with our EAGALS playing one of their best quarters of the season, shutting the Saints completely out in the first term. We added a goal early through Casey Haydon, and our trademark ferocity at the footy had us set for an upset victory. Randwick countered hard in the second quarter, adjusting their strategy to work around our battle hardened defensive structures, finding numerous avenues on goal to lead by 10 at half-time. The Saints continued to press, and we could not keep with them, with Randwick showing why they will be a dangerous side in the finals, eventually winning by 36 points. Not the result we wanted, but it capped off a fantastic season for the EAGALS, as Damon Steer’s side competed tremendously well in a higher division. We were very proud each and every week of our EAGALS and can’t wait to see what they offer in 2021.

FINAL SCORE: RSC 6.8.44 to ECE 1.2.8

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616900&c=1-1047-0-563518-0&pool=1

Men’s Division Two – Bombers Rack Up A Score Against Eagles

Backing up from a long Back to Baulko day last week was going too be difficult for East Coast. They put everything into knocking off Penno to give themselves a sniff at playing finals footy. Alas, it wasn’t to be and with very little energy in the tank, matching up against the red hot North Shore Bombers was always going to be a tall task. We competed well early, restricting North Shore to three goals, however the floodgates opened from there. We never took a backwards step or let our opponents run freely, but North Shore were the clear better side. Piling 8 goals to nil on in the second quarter was enough to solidify the win, and they continued their form throughout the second half. East Coast kicked their lone goal in the third term through Matt Hall, but it was tough goings down forward in a 127 point loss. Skippers Jake Mindham and Stephen Tumminello was typically classy and always tough to play against in real highlights. That wraps up another season in Div 2, one which has been a gigantic step forward compared to previous season. We have a clear vision going forward, and will continue to improve as we look to secure a finals spot in 2021.

FINAL SCORE: NSB 20.14.134 to ECE 1.1.7

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616938&c=1-1047-0-563510-0&pool=1

Will Cashmore

EAGALS Have A Party And Annihilate Demon Rivals

Nothing AND I MEAN NOTHING, was going to stand in the East Coast EAGALS way on Back to Baulko day this past weekend.

East Coast were ready for war, but it quickly became apparent that they were going to be the better side, giving Pennant Hills a bath in a thumping 59 point victory.

Looking for back-to-back wins, it was crucial that we kept focused and our eyes on the prize. With finals footy beckoning, there is no room for complacency, and despite going into the game as favourites we still had to get the job done.

Pennant Hills love to bring the fight to the Eagles and gals, no matter which division, and there is always plenty of tension at bay when these matchups occur.

Whilst there were plenty of big hits and fiery contests throughout the match, the real damage was done on the scoreboard, and the EAGALS started the party early.

Kicking away in the first term, East Coast worked hard to win the footy out of the middle and put pressure on Demon defenders, as our Inside 50 count grew very quickly. Our pattern of play was outstanding at times, but it was our defence which once again proved to be the backbone, as Pennant Hills were held to nil in the first quarter.

The second term soon became a case of: Different quarter, Same Story, as our backline were ruthless in keeping their rivals to no shots on goal for a half of footy, whilst our forwards extended the lead. Only inaccurate kicking kept Penno in the game, albeit slightly, as the EAGALS led 34-0 at half-time.

East Coast had all the momentum however, and there was no way we were going to give the Demons a sniff, and with better execution on goal, we continued the dominance.

The party started early for East Coast, and rolled on for four quarters, as we had plenty to celebrate after a 60-1 win over our greatest rivals.

I must sound like a broken record, but Georgia Garnett was once again at the top of her game, not letting the occasion get to her, as skipper Sarah Ford was as inspirational as always. Em Hurley deserves a mention for her 2 goal performance, whilst Bailee Hourigan was on fire down back, taking vital intercept marks which kept Penno on the back foot.

Well done EAGALS, finals are coming and with one last game next week against UTS before we get down to business, we seem to be peaking at the perfect time.

There really is nothing sweeter then beating Penno!

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

East Coast Eagles 2.4-16 4.10-34 6.11-47 8.12-60
Pennant Hills Demons 0.0 0.0 0.1-1 0.1-1
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: B. Tarrant 2, E. Hurley 2, E. Wilson, L. Moran, S. Ford, A. Dallaway
Best Players: G. Garnett, S. Ford, B. Hourigan, A. Dallaway, B. Parker, B. Tarrant
Pennant Hills Demons
Best Players: E. Rugg, E. Gordon, H. Lowe, M. Hare, K. Quinlan, A. Wade
2020 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 8
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 Manly Warringah Wolves 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 382 134 285.07 87.50
2 Southern Power 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 352 154 228.57 75.00
3 Inner West Magpies 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 416 186 223.66 75.00
4 East Coast Eagles 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 369 167 220.96 75.00
5 North Shore Bombers 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 344 129 266.67 62.50
6 Sydney University 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 251 237 105.91 62.50
7 Pennant Hills Demons 8 2 6 0 0 0 0 208 349 59.60 25.00
8 UTS Australian Football Club 8 1 6 1 0 0 0 149 371 40.16 18.75
9 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 8 1 7 0 0 0 0 100 561 17.83 12.50
10 Macquarie University 8 0 7 1 0 0 0 68 351 19.37 6.25

Eagles Around The Grounds – BACK TO BAULKO

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Go Down But Not Without A Fight Against The Arch Enemy

It was always going to be a game with plenty of spite and rivalry fueled hatred in the air, what else could you expect when East Coast meets Pennant Hills. Our Magoos were on a mission, win here and finals footy was all but assured. Unfortunately results did not go our way, and we just could not find enough scoring chances when it counted. But this was no bloodbath, there were two teams in this fight. If you only concentrate on the scoreboard, then the Demons looked the better side early, keeping East Coast goalless in the first half. Although, the Eagles were not too far off the pace and we were still a chance, but needed to seize momentum straight away in the third term. We did just that, laying some crunching tackles and throwing Penno off their game, kicking 4 goals to 3 to trail by 19 at 3QT. It wasn’t to be in the end, unable to find another major, as the Demons were just too good and won by 31 points. Nick Johns was a popular players player, and Corey Dowle snagged his second goal of the year in true highlights.

FINAL SCORE: PHD 8.11.59 to ECE 4.3.27

Read Morehttps://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616715&c=1-1047-0-563513-0&pool=1

Under 19’s Division 1 – East Coast Make It Count When The Pressure Is On

If there was any East Coast side under real pressure on Back to Baulko day this year, it was the Under 19s. A win and finals footy would become a reality, but a loss and finals would probably be out the window. That was the simple do or die challenge that awaited our young guns. With plenty of support behind them, they did not disappoint, and gave our fans many exciting moments to cheer. It was a competitive contest early, with there being only 8 points in the game at half-time, but after a stirring speech by coach Adam Wilson at half-time, the troops were ready. We could not let ourselves down and slip up on this day, this side had worked too hard. The second-half was arguably their best half of footy all year, the goals flowed and Penno could not find an answer. With a 5 goal to 1 final quarter, we dispatched our Demon rivals by 40 points, and earnt a place in finals footy. Congrats boys, you did the jersey proud.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 11.11.77 to PHD 5.7.37

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616631&c=1-1047-0-563519-0&pool=1

Women’s Division One – EAGALS Finish B2B Day On A High With Awesome Win

After a long day at Kanebridge Oval, another Back to Baulko Day was coming to an end, but not without a huge win for our Div One EAGALS. Finishing the day off in style, the ladies were relentless in their pressure style of footy that has brought opposition sides undone all season, leading at every change on their way to a 13 point victory. Pennant Hills made us work, but not hard enough to control momentum for long periods. The EAGALS made it clear we owned Penno on this night. The margin was close throughout the game largely due to inaccurate kicking in front of goal from East Coast, but we always looked the better side, a positive note as finals footy still remains a possibility. Lauren Martin provided a brilliant captain’s knock in a BOG performance, and Abbey Martin was amongst the goals again scoring 2 majors. Great way to finish the day, we are always so proud of the EAGALS.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 4.10.34 to PHD 3.3.21

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616509&c=1-1047-0-563518-0&pool=1

Men’s Division Two – Tim Physick Breaks A Record But Eagles Fall Short

In the best story of the day, club legend Tim Physick broke the games played record for the East Coast Eagles in conjunction with the Baulkham Hills footy club. Putting on the boots for his 434rd game in the Division Two side, Physick was his iconic self, never taking a backwards step and inspiring his side to stay in the hunt for four quarters. The toughest bloke I’ve ever played with, it was an honour for myself to play alongside Tim in his milestone game. The Eagles played with heart, delivering a performance that had plenty of passion and hunger, as Co-Captain Stephen Tumminello led from the front with some brutal hits on key Pennant Hills players. With just 1 point separating the sides at 3QT, the last term would be the difference maker. Unfortunately, we ran out of legs and fell away at the end, losing by just 6 points. We were disappointed, but proud of our efforts, representing the club in fine fashion.

FINAL SCORE: PHD 4.11.35 to ECE 4.5.29

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616991&c=1-1047-0-563510-0&pool=1

Back to Baulko 2020 had its ups and downs, but it was truly one that we will never forget

Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 7

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Claim Massive Victory To Put Them Closer To Finals Footy

Manly have struggled in Ressies this year, and were ripe for the picking against East Coast in Round 7. It was over after Quarter-Time, 7 goals to 1 and you just knew Manly weren’t going to come back. Despite hosting the Eagles on their home turf at Weldon Oval where the Wolves go to another level, it was one-way traffic in the first half, with East Coast dominating around the ground, impressing with their potency down forward. The Magoos know the challenge in front of them regarding qualifying for finals, and they ticked a massive box at Manly. It wasn’t a perfect performance by any means, as East Coast took their foot of the gas in the second half, but the damage was already done. Despite battling more injuries, the Magoos were far and away the better side under the Weldon lights, smashing their opposition by 75 points. Justin Taylor and Jalen Timms added another strong game to their 2020 collection, whilst Trent Stubbs kicked 6 majors in real highlights. Onto Back-2-Baulko against Penno next week!

FINAL SCORE – ECE 16.13.109 to MWW 5.4.34

Read More: https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616812&c=1-1047-0-563513-0&pool=1

Under 19’s Division 1 – Young Guns Drop The Ball In Second Half And Fall Short

Finals is on the line this weekend for the Under 19’s, after blowing a half-time lead against Manly before being swarmed in a truly ugly second-half. In a hotly contested game, the young fellas from both clubs were game and up for a good fight, with the footy traveling from end to end throughout the first-half. During these two quarters, the Eagles converted opportunities and used their speed to get on the outside and nail home some valuable goals. Going into half-time 2 goals up, they were confident they could go on with the job. However, Manly came out a completely different team and blitzed us from the get go. The Wolves certainly peaked late, crushing Eagle spirits in the Premiership quarter, leading by 15 at 3QT. They had all the momentum going forward, and used their greater height to their advantage. There was no way back for East Coast, as Manly won the game by a healthy 34 point margin.

FINAL SCORE – ECE 11.9.75 to MWW 6.5.41

Read More: https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616769&c=1-1047-0-563519-0&pool=1

Women’s Division One – Sydney Uni Come Home With Wet Sail To Pip EAGALS At The Death

The EAGALS Division One side has come a long way this season. After winning a flag in Div 2 last year, they moved up a division, and have been competitive no matter who the opposition. We entered our clash against Sydney Uni with plenty of steam, getting on top early and leading by 2 goals at Quarter-Time. Our desire for the footy was first-class and our backline pressure was fantastic, as USYD could not register a goal in the first term. The second quarter was vital, as the Students made a statement and hit the front, seizing momentum as goals flowed down their end, in a 5 to 1 goal term. The third term played host to some showstopping footy, with the EAGALS clawing their way back into the contest to eventually lead at 3QT, as confidence was high in both camps. It wasn’t our day in the end, as USYD held their nerve and were able to close out a narrow win, by just 3 points. Casey Haydon was tremendous for East Coast, kicking 4 goals.

FINAL SCORE – SU 8.5.53 to ECE 7.8.50

Read More: https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616515&c=1-1047-0-563518-0&pool=1

Men’s Division Two – Eagles Have A Festival Of Footy In An Emphatic Victory

In their best performance of Season 2020, our Eagles Div 2 boys had a thumping win over Manly at Weldon Oval, kicking the day off in outstanding fashion for East Coast. In warm conditions, we were first to the footy, demonstrated wicked speed on the leads out of the forward line, and won the clearance battle. Manly were just no match for us, as we led by 37 points at half-time. We piled on the pain in the second half, winning by 90 points in the end, a margin which would have been greater had we kicked straighter. In a true full team performance, the Eagles showcased how far they’ve come this season in Div 2, with the lads still in the hunt for a finals berth this year. Lochlan Fisher and Matt Hall tore up with 4 goals a piece, Anthony Bortoli was a midfield beast yet again and Dale Finch had a starring game as well. We now look forward to our favorite game of the year against Penno on B2B day and we can’t wait.

FINAL SCORE – ECE 14.17.101 to MWW 1.5.11

Read More: https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616543&c=1-1047-0-563510-0&pool=1

Will Cashmore

North Shore Shock EAGALS With An Emphatic Upset Victory

On a chilly Saturday evening, our red hot EAGALS wandered into Bomber territory, confident in continuing their wonderful string of form and achieve their 5th win on the trot.

What they were not prepared for, was a full frontal assault from North Shore, who ambushed their East Coast foes in truly unbelievable fashion.

The EAGALS were shocked, without answers and under pressure from the get go. Expectations were firmly pointing towards an East Coast victory in this match, but North Shore had other ideas. This game was a breaking point for the Bombers, as with only three games left, a loss here would have effectively ended their season.

The first term was hard hitting, and as many visiting teams find travelling to the AstroTurf of Gore Hill, it is extremely tough to get comfortable playing in difficult conditions. Especially when North Shore are so well acclimatised to their style of shotgun footy.

Our EAGALS just could not find a way around Bombers defenders, lacking composure in front of goal, which only boosted the momentum North Shore so methodically held onto.

Whilst the scores remained close throughout the first half, it was in the second half when North Shore ramped up the intensity and blitzed the EAGALS.

We could not find a way to goal, and North Shore made us pay, banging home two of their own in the decisive third quarter. They continued to pile on the pain late, kicking home three final term goals to our nil, running away with the contest by 35 points. For the first time this season, we failed to register a goal, despite continually pushing the envelope and trying to find a path to goal.

Georgia Garnett, Bryany Parker and Renee Tomkins were once again strong in a defeated side, proving to be as tough to play against as ever.

We need to put this loss behind us quick smart, as we head towards a showdown against the ladder leading and undefeated Manly Warringah Wolves, who now boast former EAGAL Em Goodsir.

Expect plenty of fireworks, with a crucial 4 points up for grabs.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

North Shore Bombers 1.0-6 1.3-9 3.4-22 6.5-41
East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 0.1-1 0.3-3 0.6-6
North Shore Bombers
Goal Kickers: S. Barnes 3, S. Lewington, H. Fell, J. Kronqvist
Best Players: P. Clegg, D. Carruthers, A. Wilson, K. Reynolds, S. Barnes, N. Barr
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: G. Garnett, R. Tomkins, S. Ford, T. Davies, B. Tarrant, G. Fowler
2020 Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round Six
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 Manly Warringah Wolves 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 293 74 395.95 100.00
2 Inner West Magpies 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 297 152 195.39 83.33
3 Southern Power 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 217 125 173.60 66.67
4 East Coast Eagles 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 259 154 168.18 66.67
5 Sydney University 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 191 176 108.52 66.67
6 North Shore Bombers 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 247 115 214.78 50.00
7 Pennant Hills Demons 6 2 4 0 0 0 0 198 224 88.39 33.33
8 UTS Australian Football Club 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 124 279 44.44 16.67
9 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 97 368 26.36 16.67
10 Macquarie University 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 48 304 15.79 0.00

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 6

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Ambushed Early And Can’t Make Up Ground

It was a painful day at Gore Hill Oval for the Magoos. Going into the game against an undefeated North Shore Bombers side, the challenge was going to be extremely difficult. We knew that, and we were ready for a Bomber raid. A scoreless first quarter had us behind the 8 ball early, only enhancing our task going forward. North Shore has class coming out of their backsides, a message the club sent the entire league throughout the day, none better showcased in the Ressies game, as the Bombers perfected their shotgun tactic and left our Magoos reeling heading into half-time. We were better in the second half kicking two goals, with Hayden Landels and Mitchell Perl snagging one each, but it continued to be a tough day for our defence, who could not hold out a talented Bomber forward line. Add to this the unfortunate injuries of spiritual leaders Blake Jones and Matty Scholz, and it was a day to forget for the Magoos.

FINAL SCORE: NSB 12.14.86 to ECE 2.5.17

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616985&c=1-1047-0-563513-0&pool=1

Under 19’s Division One – Eagles Waste Strong Start As Finals Hope Hang By A Thread

It was a disappointing day for the club, and unfortunately our young guns could not change our fortunes, suffering a critical loss to North Shore. With the Under 19s ladder heating up as we drift closer to finals footy, East Coast were hit with a massive blunder in Round 6, unable to put the Bombers to the sword. Despite leading at quarter time, East Coast never had the comfortable lead. North Shore were not worried in the slightest, fighting their way back with far too little resistance, as they quickly took back the lead and went to another gear in the second half. It was like chalk and cheese for the final two quarters, as North Shore flexed their muscle, ultimately winning by 50 points. Youngsters Lachlan Mason, Nathan Fox and Ethan Grace were tremendous in a beaten team, in strong positives out of the game. The finals chances for the Under 19’s are now threadbare, with two MUST-WIN games coming up.

FINAL SCORE: NSB 13.11.89 to ECE 5.9.39

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616852&c=1-1047-0-563519-0&pool=1

Women’s Division One – North Shore Get The Job Done In Chilly Conditions

On what was a brutally chilly St Leonards Saturday night, our EAGALS battled North Shore in a very important game as the race towards finals heats up. Tough conditions welcomed both sides, and as the rest of the club suffered defeats throughout the day, our EAGALS were the last hopes to salvage a W for the club. Unfortunately, the Bombers were just that little bit better on this day, targeting East Coast from the opening bounce. First Quarters continue to be a crucial factor for the EAGALS, conceding two goals to nil in the opening term, to trail by 15 points. It was this gap, that would prove to big, as we could not get close enough to frighten the Bombers. East Coast could not sustain any momentum, and only inaccurate North Shore goalkicking kept the scores closer then it could have been. Our EAGALS will shake off the loss, and look to get back in the winning column next week against Sydney Uni.

FINAL SCORE: NSB 3.12.30 to ECE 1.2.8

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616843&c=1-1047-0-563518-0&pool=1

Men’s Division Two – Eagles Go Down In Tough Game After A Trip To Woop Woop

The odds were stacked against the Div 2 Men on the weekend. Tasked with a long trip down to Wollondilly to face the Knights, the match conditions were extremely windy, and we could only field 19 players. The Knights were a confident bunch, but we turned up ready for a fight in the first term, leading by 5 points at quarter time. A big victory looked on the cards early for East Coast, but it was not to be. Wollondilly came back hard with some fire, and quickly found the advantage. The Knights took no mercy in the second half, kicking 6 goals to 2, and gained the win. We had some fantastic contributors despite the loss, with Anthony Bortoli and Michael Boylan (who kicked two goals each) developing into fantastic additions for our Div 2 side going forward. Bad luck lads, onto next week.

FINAL SCORE: WK 11.10.76 to ECE 5.2.32

Read More – https://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125616616&c=1-1047-0-563510-0&pool=1

Will Cashmore