Facilities

Facilities

KANEBRIDGE OVAL at BRUCE PURSER RESERVE

The first ever home game played by the East Coast Eagles at Bruce Purser Reserve was in Round 2 of the 2009 season against North Shore.  The aerial photo here was taken in about October 2008, before the turf had fully matured, the landscaping completed, and the goalposts and electronic scoreboard had yet to be erected.

This purpose built Australian Rules venue is a development of the Hills Shire Council  with financial assistance from the AFL, Cricket Australia and the East Coast Eagles.  It is a shared facility with the Hurricanes Cricket Club.  Whilst the official Council initiated name of the venue is Bruce Purser Reserve, the Eagles have been permitted to obtain a naming rights sponsor for the Oval itself, hence why it is now called Kanebridge Oval.

Up until 2009 the Eagles did not have a permanent home since their amicable breakaway from the Baulkham Hills Falcons (now the Hawks) and their home ground at Charles “Charlie” McLaughlin in 2000.  Over those years, the Eagles called many places “home”, including grounds in Alexandria, Marrickville, Panania and at Macquarie Uni which meant a lot of travelling for players and supporters who were largely based in the North West of Sydney. In 2009, the Eagles finally established themselves at Bruce Purser Reserve in Rouse Hill. 

The Australian Football League have placed a strategic focus on Aussie Rules in the Greater West , especially since with the GWS Giants entering the AFL national competition in 2012.  Bruce Purser Reserve and the East Coast Eagles play a big part in that strategy.