That would be the quickest and most painless way to describe the East Coast Eagles’ performance this past Saturday.
Despite a quick start, the East Coast Eagles could not match arch rivals and reigning Premiers Pennant Hills on the weekend, showing very little resistance once the Demons got on top, losing by 72 points, the Eagle’s biggest defeat for the season.
The Demons put their opponents to the absolute sword in the second quarter, kicking 4.7 to nothing, and eventually took a 10 goal lead into the final quarter, before putting the cue in the rack, winning 18.18.126 to 8.6.54.
Billed as a mouthwatering clash between two teams in the top four, who make out the biggest rivalry in the Sydney AFL, this game became a dead rubber by half-time as the Demons clearly wanted the 4 points more than they’re opponents.
They used their size advantage all day, and played much smarter footy through the corridor, making an unwilling Eagles chase easy to kick goals on.
Granted, the Eagles had no bench for the entire final quarter as the Demons ruthless attack on the footy left many Eagles bruised and broken, but this contest was well and truly over by then.
Already without Captain Ben Bourke, former captain Jon Vlatko, key ruckman AB Browning, and gun Full-Forward Mark Weekes on the weekend, East Coast throughout the game lost pacey Connor O’Brien to a concussion, veteran hardman Josh Duncan and utility Zach Johns to shoulder injuries, as well as debutant Andre Sultana to a knee injury.
This soured an already disappointing loss.
Coach Lindsay Scown after the result had a clear message – that his side must bounce back and show some spirit sooner rather than later, because these results cannot become a mainstay.
It is extremely worrying to see the Eagles fold so quickly against their most hated rivals.
It makes you wonder how they will match up against the 9th placed St George this coming weekend.
We had better not see the return of the C word: COMPLACENCY
This is a call for the entire footy club not to let it happen.
Best Players: J. Potter, D. Dell”Aquila, S. Wray, M. Carey, T. Angel, R. Ediriwickrama
Best Players: L. Mansour, T. Stubbs, R. Haupt, D. Steer, P. Vlatko, K. Merson
|1||North Shore Bombers||8||8||0||0||903||438||206.16||32|
|2||Pennant Hills Demons||8||6||2||0||714||560||127.50||24|
|4||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||8||4||4||0||601||516||116.47||16|
|5||East Coast Eagles||8||4||4||0||596||523||113.96||16|
|6||Manly Warringah Wolves||8||4||4||0||602||550||109.45||16|
|9||St George Dragons||8||2||6||0||452||819||55.19||8|
|10||Western Suburbs Magpies||8||1||7||0||429||926||46.33||4|