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

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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

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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

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Will Cashmore

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Will Cashmore

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

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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

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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

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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

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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 5

Men’s Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Fly High And Carve Up The Cats

It was must win footy all around at Kanebridge Oval in Round 5, and the Ressies side approached their matchup against Camden with every intention of getting a W. With a plan to use the size of the oval to their advantage, East Coast outworked and simply outplayed the Cats, being too fast and skillful across the four quarters. We remained focused throughout the contest, never letting our opponents get on top and inside our head, in what was the Magoos most dominant performance this season. Even despite gaining a 55 point lead at 3QT, we did not switch off, putting the nails in Camden’s coffin with a 10 goal to nil final term. We almost doubled our score in one quarter, making Camden players look like statues in a truly ugly demolition. Trent Stubbs kicked 5 majors, Matt McVey and Aaron Duncan added 3 goals each, whilst Aaron Papera kicked his first 2 goals for the club. 121 point win – tick, Tick, TICK.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 21.17.143 to CC 3.4.22

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Under 19’s Division One – Young Eagles Gut Out The Win In Intense Catfight

In a low-scoring battle, perfectly reflecting the challenges of wet-weather footy, East Coast and Camden unleashed their Under 19s boys onto a heavy Kanebridge Oval track, in a crucial match for both sides. Both teams needed a win to keep their finals hopes alive, especially the Eagles who had dropped outside the Top 4 for the first time this season after last weekend. This game was a scrappy contest throughout, an intense and fierce battle full of emotion, with plenty of mongrel in tow. Goals were at a premium, with the Eagles maintaining a narrow 6 point lead at half-time, with Ben Bowie’s goal the only one kicked to that point. Mitchell Cashmore and skipper Harrison Bultitude added one each in the second half, as East Coast got the W by a 15 point margin, in a very competitive game of footy. Co-skipper Dane Twining had his best game of the season, winning BOG honours. Well done lads.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.9.27 to CC 1.6.12

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Fight Hard But Go Down In Gallant Loss 

It was a ferocious see-saw battle in the Women’s Division One scene this past weekend, as our EAGALS fell short against Camden. The Cats started with a turbo boost, kicking three goals to nil in the first quarter, with East Coast left ruing a slow start for the second straight week. However, as the EAGALS so often do, they came back with a vengeance and stayed in the fight, clawing their way back to eventually lead by a point at 3QT. After keeping Camden scoreless for back-to-back quarters, it would be the final term which decided the result. Unfortunately for the home crowd, Camden were just too good, locking the footy inside the half for the majority of time, crucially converting their shots on goal. A disappointing 14 point loss for East Coast, but the EAGALS remain motivated and look forward to their next challenge.

FINAL SCORE: CC 5.6.36 to ECE 3.4.22

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Men’s Division Two – A DRAW Opens The Day In Shocking Dead Heat

Early morning footy at Kanbridge Oval was played in fairly dry conditions compared to past games, and it played host to a thrilling contest, which saw both sides split the points in a drawn result. It was an even game across the four quarters, neither side getting to much advantage on their opposition, as goalkicking would have a massive impact on the final score. In the end, both East Coast and Camden could not find the winning goal, they both had chances throughout the game but were unable to convert with the pressure on. It was a game which deserved a draw, one which sends both sides back to the drawing board, as both teams look to salvage their finals hopes at an important stage of the season

FINAL SCORE: ECE 4.7.31 to CC 4.7.31

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Will Cashmore


Eagles Around The Grounds Round 4

Men’s Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Go Down In Gallant Defeat To Uni Students

The Mighty Magoos were expecting a very tough encounter against a talented Sydney Uni side, on a wet and cold Kanebridge Oval track, and whilst we were up to the task, Uni had our number in the end. In what was a scrappy, low-scoring affair, it was very difficult to consistently win clean possession around the ground. Sydney Uni seemed comfortable with their small lead throughout the match, dictating the pace and drawing East Coast into their game shapes, just enough to keep enough momentum to nab a 17 point win. Trent Stubbs was strong again for East Coast kicking 2 goals, whilst Matt McVey added another, and Marty Karafalis was a titan down back. This time last season, our Ressies lost by 100 plus against Sydney Uni, so this result shows how far we’ve come in 2020, and we will continue to press our claims for finals footy going forward.

FINAL SCORE: SU 5.11.41 to ECE 3.6.24

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Under 19’s Division One – Sydney Uni Make A Statement

And a bold one at that. With key players missing for the Eagles, our Under 19s were under pressure from the get go. Sydney Uni are littered with talent throughout their club, especially the young guns, and after losing only one game last season (The Grand Final), their Under 19s are hungry to replace heartache with a flag in 2020. Footy is a real game of momentum, so difficult to wrestle back when you don’t have it. East Coast found this out on Saturday, unable to keep Uni out of their forward half for the majority of the contest, as they were additionally dominated through the midfield. Lachlan Watson and Kyle Spencer were strong for East Coast in a losing side, but focus must shift straight away to next week against Camden. As this loss has put the Under 19’s outside of the Top 4, anything outside of victory against Camden will be considered a failure.

FINAL SCORE: SU 19.12.126 to ECE 1.1.7

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Women’s Division One – Monsoonal Conditions Make For Muddy Footy But A Loss For EAGALS

This was a game of One and Three Quarters. In the first term, Parramatta Goannas brutally swarmed our EAGALS, in what was a case of: Clearance. Mark. Goal. Repeat – in the first five minutes. Down 41-0 at Quarter-Time, East Coast needed to make some changes, and with that, a more competitive contest ensued. However, it was during the second quarter, that the heavens opened up with a freezing downpour, which did not let up for the remainder of the game. The conditions, brought the contest much closer, making for a dangerously entertaining mudbath monsoon, in which the EAGALS got on top towards the end. Fighting hard until the final siren, we won the last quarter, which is a strong positive to take out of a 47 point loss. Not one woman walked off the field clean, some covered head to toe in mud, after a fun game of wet weather footy.

FINAL SCORE: PG 9.12.66 to ECE 3.1.19

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Men’s Division Two – Eagles Making Div 2 Great Again With Second Win Of The Season

How good is it to get a win. The Div 2 fellas needed victory on Saturday morning to keep their hopes on a finals berth alive, and they did not disappoint. Putting in an emphatic first half performance, East Coast didn’t let UTS in the contest, getting on top early thanks to a tough as nails midfield quartet. Led by first year ruckman Stretch Lalor, hardmen Brock McMillan and Anthony Bortoli, as well as the always classy Jake Mindham, the midfield gave our forward line plenty of Inside 50s to create shots on goal. The forwards converted well, setting up a 5 goal lead at half-time. UTS kept coming hard in the second half, seizing momentum towards the end, but the damage was done in the first half. Great to see Div 2 kick the day off with a well earnt win, an awesome feeling for the boys no doubt.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.8.62 to UTS 6.7.43

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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 3

Premier Division Reserves – Mighty Magoos Get The W And Do What They Do Best!

Going into the clash, our Eagles Ressies had a gameplan ready, focused on shutting down the outside run of St George. Despite being three goals behind a half-time, there was confidence amongst the group that we were not too far off the pace, but still needing to fix up forward 50 entries. The belief was there, and we got the result, putting together a dominant second-half which will go down as one of the great moments of Season 2020 at East Coast. There were plenty of highlights out of the match, namely Trent Stubbs kicking 5 goals, proving to be a decisively handy inclusion. Tom Grove was a beast down back against the Dragon’s gun full-forward. Plus, we also saw Josh Riseborough showcase one of the most elite five minute bursts this writer has ever seen, kicking two crucial goals in the final term. Plus, I can’t forget about the return of golden child Jimmy Regan, who celebrated his first game back from a long shoulder injury layoff by kicking two goals, including our first of the match. Way to go Jimbo!

Final Score: ECE 11.7.73 to SGD 8.9.57

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Under 19’s Division One – Eagles Get The Job Done Against A Gritty Dragons Outfit

Our 19’s boys continue to prove that the future is bright at East Coast, delivering a classy victory over a game St George. After a quick start out of the gate by the Eagles, St George returned serve in the second quarter, letting East Coast know they would refuse to lie down. What transpired in the second-half was a hard-hitting affair, the result never seeming too clear until the final stages. The Eagles were made to work hard and earn a victory, which would have pleased the coaching staff, as these victories tend to be the sweetest. Hats off to Harrison Bultitude at Full-Forward, with the inspirational skipper nailing home 5 goals in a hulking Best On Ground performance.

Final Score: ECE 8.7.55 to SGD 5.5.35

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Get Season Back On Track By Smashing Macquarie Uni

In what was a grand final rematch of sorts, both our EAGALS sides travelled to the rival turf of Macquarie University, but it was the Division One Women who turned in the most dominating display. Defined by a hardened, take no prisoners approach to attacking the footy without fear, the EAGALS put up a score on Maq Uni, a welcomed result considering they host an in-form Parramatta Goannas team next week. At times, our ball movement was silky, and pressure acts unbeatable, as Maq Uni simply couldn’t get numbers to the contest to prevent an EAGAL attack. A strong full-team effort is a great way to finish the day for the club, highlighted by forwards Shannon Smit and Abbey Martin getting amongst the goals, as did Breanna Donellan who was additionally tremendous in the ruck.

Final Score: ECE 11.13.79 to MQU 1.2.8

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Men’s Division Two – North Shore Bring The Pain As Eagles Suffer AstroTurf Blues

Our East Cost Div 2 side entered their Round 3 game with plenty of confidence, after claiming a win last weekend against Sydney Uni. Unfortunately, they were quickly shot back down, after North Shore launched a full-frontal assault from the get go. The Bombers clearly know how to play their brand of footy, and it showed on Saturday, continuously winning the footy out the back at stoppages, allowing them to go Inside 50 far too often. A tough day at the office no doubt, but plenty of positives can be taken out of an improved second half, which saw the Eagles limit the bleeding, and never taking a backwards step. Ryan Kenny was a colossal force for East Coast, complimented by Jake Mindham who put in a standard strong game. Disappointing to not come away with a W, but we look forward to the next challenge against UTS at home.

Final Score: NSB 12.11.83 to ECE 1.1.7

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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 2

Premier Division Reserves – Eagles Suffer Round One Hangover As Bulldogs Go Bang

It’s no question there is exceptional depth at UNSW, and it was on full display this past Saturday, as they rolled out a formidable Reserves side. The Bulldogs, who flattened UTS by 147 points in Round One, were intent on another large victory, and they did just that. Highlighted by an unstoppable run of forward 50 entries, UNSW produced a ruthless performance, dominating the scoreboard with 42 scoring shots to the Eagles 4. East Coast worked hard on the ground, applying a typically consistent tackling pressure, led particularly well by Matty Scholz, Will Mitchell and Jordan Etto. However, UNSW did the little things right all day, far too skillful and speedy to combat in the end, with the footy in their half for the majority of the contest. Back to the drawing board for the Ressies, spirits will pick right back up and we look forward to the next fight.

Final Score: UNSW 18.24.132 to ECE 2.2.14

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Under 19’s Division One – Classic Contest Goes Down To The Wire In One Point Epic

In a rematch of last year’s Preliminary Final, East Coast and UNSW met at Kanebridge Oval as the two young squads put it all on the line for early season bragging rights. What unfolded was a nail biting showdown, a two and fro battle which was always going to end in elation for one side, and heartbreak for the other. Unfortunately, our Eagles were on the losing side, absolutely exhausted in a devastating one-point defeat, decided by a Bulldog behind in the final minute. Both sides displayed unwavering ferocity at the footy for four quarters, hungry for victory, and despite the loss, East Coast won plenty of admirers Jack Monger was elite through the midfield, as Kyle Spencer and Keegan Brady also put in stock standard solid performances. Our young Eagles will come back better for the close loss, a blessing in disguise perhaps as they will be as determined as ever to cause the boilover in the next meeting between these sides.

Final Score: UNSW 8.12.60 to ECE 8.11.59

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Women’s Division One – Catch Up Footy Left Too Late In Another Nail-Biting Defeat

The main event of our first home game weekend, was the Women’s Division One, who hosted Penrith in some good ol’ fashioned night footy. In what was a tantalizing back and forth contest, our EAGALS fell agonizingly short going down by 3 points to Penrith, despite a defensive masterclass in the second half. After winning in Round One, the EAGALS searched for another big game with a focus on defensive pressure, and Coach Damon Steer would have been proud of his side’s effort in the second half, keeping their opponents scoreless. Unfortunately, though East Coast couldn’t hit the scoreboard enough to get the win, unable to capatalise despite having the ball in their forward 50 for much of the final minutes. Paris Mooney and Abbey Martin continued their strong starts to the season in notable performances, and the EAGALS will look forward to a big game against Macquarie Uni next round.

Final Score: PR 4.3.27 to ECE 3.6.24

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Men’s Division Two – Eagles Defy The Early Morning Fog To Claim A Famous Win

The oppourtunity was right in front of the East Coast Div 2 men on Saturday morning. In conditions which evened the playing field, a wet, slippery and foggy Kanebridge Oval saw the Eagles sink their teeth into a Sydney Uni side, who weren’t prepared for their opponents fired up determination to earn a victory. With clean footy a rarity in tough conditions, the contested scrap was crucial, with East Coast going into halftime two points up thanks to veteran Dan O’Connor launching the heavy footy from 45m on the siren. As the sun came out towards the end, it would come down to which side could win their one-on-ones and convert. East Coast were far more accurate in front of the big sticks, running away with the win, in a famous victory that was celebrated hard in the aftermath. Big shoutout to Scotty Waterhouse, usually a defender, who was a beast in the ruck and kicked 2 goals.

Final Score: ECE 6.4.40 to SYD 2.10.22

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Will Cashmore

Eagles Around The Grounds Round 1

Premier Division Reserves – Hustle And Bustle Gets The Job Done In Survival Of The Fittest

A new era for the Ressies side at East Coast kicked off with a bang in Round One, as the James Ford coached side achieved victory over Inner Wests, in a win defined by a ruthless man-on-man style of footy. In what was a scrappy game for four quarters, the boys backed their teammate all day, perfectly aware that relentless pressure defence would win them the game. East Coast were more composed in front of the sticks, tougher in the contest on the ground, not willing to let a win slip through their clutches, and they lead at every change. Great start to Season 2020, and fantastic club debuts from Jalen Timms, Hayden Landels and Josh Riseborough were a real highlight.

Final Score: ECE 9.6.60 to IWM 6.5.41

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Under 19s Division One – A Great Day For Footy With Goals, Goals And More Goals

You don’t get to enjoy floggings too often in footy, but this 127 point win was in another universe. Our 19s boys were up at dawn, primed and ready for battle against an Inner Wests side who were making the jump to Division One, and were unfortunately for them way down on troops. Right for the picking they were, and East Coast pulled no punches, impressing with a fast-paced run and carry brand of footy. This side is full of youth, with plenty of speed and skill throughout, and they have the potential to do damage once again this season. Ethan Grace kicked 6, Co-captain Harrison Bultitude added 4 of his own, and Jack Monger once again proved he is as tough as a stubborn mule, in a worthy BOG performance. Huge energies boys, great game.

Final Score: ECE 19.17.131 to IWM 0.4.4

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Women’s Division One – Abbey Martin kicks a winning score in an early test for EAGALS

Despite technically being defending premiers, our Division One EAGALS showed their new competition that they are here to ruffle some feathers in 2020. Whilst, going up a division is always a challenge, Damon and Peter Steer have done a sensational job with the women’s playing group, crafting two strong teams eager to compete with the best sides. In what was a very competitive Round One fixture against Newtown at Henson Park, goals were hard to come by, and the sharpshooting skills of Abbey Martin were welcomed with open arms, her three goals crucial in the victory. The EAGALS displayed tremendous physicality and aggression at the footy, and whilst there are areas to improve in, immense positives should be taken out of this game. An exciting win to open the season, especially since we had a long list on new players who more then held their own.

Final Score: ECE 3.3.21 to NB 1.5.11

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Men’s Division Two – Plenty Of Positive Signs Despite A Disappointing Result

With the rest of the club perched in the Inner West of Sydney, the Div 2 boys remained in the Hills area, with a war against the arch rival Pennant Hills set for a cracking main event of the day for East Coast. With plenty of new faces in the side, a total of 5 blokes playing their first game for the Eagles, the focus was on being respectfully ruthless. For three quarters, the Eagles maintained a slim lead, but ran out of gas in the final term. Although, this does not discredit their attitude and intent in defeat, as with greater cohesion, game shapes will develop and there is tons of confidence in the playing group to make an impact in 2020. Congrats to Nick Trlin who kicked his first goal, in his first game of AFL footy.

Final Score: PHD 7.10.52 to ECE 4.6.30

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Will Cashmore

Eagles tumble out of contention as the Wolves howl

A season which birthed a new era at the East Coast Eagles began with a wave of promise.

A new coach.

A set of new recruits.

A motto which to play and live by. BM18.

It most certainly had its ups and downs, and on the weekend, the most significant down proved to be the final nail in the coffin in season BM2018.

East Coast fought hard, but could not keep up and fell via an 11 point loss to Manly Warringah in an Elimination Final at Blacktown International Sports Park 4.16.40 to 4.5.29.

The old adage in football, especially at this time of year, that games are one in the Premiership (3rd) quarter.

Coach Lindsay Scown made it clear that it was in this period, is that the game was won and lost as the Wolves achieved critical second half momentum.

Overcast conditions met both teams from the first bounce, and clearly hampered goal kicking execution for Manly, kicking 0.4 as opposed to the Eagles two goals straight in the opening quarter.

The Eagles extended their lead in the second quarter, albeit slim, to lead by 10 after a competitive term.

After a half of finals football, all seemed on queue with script, when you consider that…..

– Manly may have finished above the Eagles on the ladder, yet it is well known that the Wolves struggle away from home ground Weldon Oval, winning only 2 games on the road throughout the home and away season.

– The Eagles played relatively consistent and often sensational football in the season’s second half.

– Manly were much better than East Coast at Weldon earlier this year, winning by 5 goals, whereas later this season, at a windy Kanebridge, the Eagles dominated proceedings to the tune of a 7 goal thrashing.

So, to take this all into account on paper, a 10 point lead at half-time seemed suffice for the Eagles, with an accelerated second half scoring pace expected.

But it didn’t follow, East Coast halted, and could not answer Manly’s forward pressure.

All was lost in the Premiership Quarter and the dying stages.

In fact, the Eagles were lucky Manly could not kick straight, AT ALL, as both sides at full time had converted 4 goals each, yet Manly tripled East Coast’s behinds on route to an 11 point win, swiftly eliminating the East Coast Eagles from season BM2018.

Within this disappointment a new superstar continued to blossom and emerge for the Eagles, as rising star Lewis Waters was best on ground for his side, displaying an outstanding improvement across half-back, becoming one of the toughest men to play against inside the East Coast CAGE.

Veteran Eugene Kruger was additionally fantastic on this day, finding plenty of the footy along with a welcomed goal.

Manly Warringah Wolves 0.4-4 2.6-18 2.10-22 4.16-40
East Coast Eagles 2.0-12 4.4-28 4.5-29 4.5-29

Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers: J. Field, A. Robertson, J. Brain, H. Ellem
Best Players: J. Weir, A. Fraser, G. Benbow, L. Behagg, A. Robertson, A. Butler
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: Z. Johns 2, E. Kruger, D. Saywell
Best Players: L. Waters, E. Kruger, B. Clark, S. Turner, A. Browning, B. BourkE

Season BM2018 is officially over for the East Coast Prems, as it is for the Eagle Reserves.

In an Elimination Final, the Reserves could not match the North Shore side who they ironically faced just a week prior in Round 18 of the home and away season. Despite a standing 2-0 record against the Bombers in 2018, the Eagle Reserves alike the Prems found themselves chasing the tails of an inaccurate Bombers, who couldn’t convert the majority of opportunities on goal. Scott Pierce was dominant in the forward line for the Eagles kicking 3 and claiming BOG honours, whilst small midfielders Lucas O’Connor and Josh Large shined in the 7 point loss – 7.13.55 to 7.6.48. An improved season for the Reserves, one that coach Matt O’Connor is disappointed to see end, yet holds plenty of optimism and excitement for an even better 2019.

And that brings us to the last team standing at East Coast.

It is without any surprise that in 2018, the story at the Eagles is: Last Women Standing.

The Women’s Division One side, were again brutal, poised and courageous against their arch Pennant Hills rivals, in a 3 goal victory which sees them through to a Preliminary Final against Minor Premiers Wollongong. On a damp Sunday afternoon at Kanebridge Oval, the women were convinced and determined to prove they had the Demons number. After a slow start in yet the clubs third Elimination Final for the weekend, the EagALS proved this, and did not concede another goal after quarter time, kicking away in the third term before full time struck with scores reading: 6.3.39 to 3.3.21. The Superstars stood up for the Eagals, with captain Sarah Ford, Em Goodsir and Brenna Tarrant playing great games, whilst Chloe Arndt, Laura Moran and Courtney Torpy were also among the best.