It was one of the great days in the history of our club.
Sure not all the results went our way, but in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic that is still having a tremendous impact on society, we were still able to celebrate our traditional Back to Baulko Day in style.
With club stalwart Tim Physick playing game number 434 in the early morning Division Two match, a new record in the history of the Baulkham Hills/East Coast Eagles football clubs, it was building up to be a special day.
Unfortunately, our Men’s Premier Division couldn’t get the job done, facing off against a red-hot Pennant Hills side that are always dangerous towards the back end of a season.
There was plenty of fire and passion across the two sides, as there often is when they meet on this day. Back to Baulko is no joke, and neither is this rivalry. Both sides were out to make a statement, and flex their muscle.
The first quarter was a dogged affair, as the Demons looked to get on top early, but were unable to maintain momentum for long patches. East Coast stayed in the fight but were ruing skill errors, which hindered their ability to put on any real scoreboard pressure.
East Coast had a young side on the park, and with no less than 9 players who donned the heritage Baulkham Hills Falcons jersey under the age of 21, producing a consistent four-quarter performance was going to tough. As more mistakes creeped into East Coast’s game, Pennant Hills began to smell blood in the water, and took a 19 point lead into the half-time break.
Coming into a feisty Kanebridge Oval environment as the enemy, must place plenty of pressure on a footy team as hated as the Demons are in Eagle territory. Lucky for them however, the Pennant Hills army weathered the storm perfectly, and piled on the pain in the second half. The Eagles never gave up chase, the cue was never put in the rack, but Penno were the clear better side in the Premiership quarter, leading by 43 points at 3QT.
The Demons finished off their win, kicking 6 more goals to East Coast’s zero in the final term. Pennant Hills showcased why they are always a threat as finals footy approaches, and cleaned up on Back to Baulko day, running away with the result by 80 points.
Cam Edwards and Eddie Cole were magnificent in a losing side, priding themselves on using their quick speed and silky skills to put their team on the front foot, whilst Josh Cutting played a very useful utility role. Debutant Kyle Spencer also played well, proving once again the future is bright for East Coast, with more debuts likely to come next week.
It wasn’t to be for our Eagles on this Back to Baulko day, and with one more hitout next week at home against UTS, we will need a big effort to get another victory.
|East Coast Eagles||1.2-8||3.2-20||3.4-22||3.7-25|
|Pennant Hills Demons||1.5-11||5.9-39||9.11-65||15.15-105|
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: C. Edwards, E. Cole, J. Dimery, L. Waters, A. Drinkwater, J. Cutting
Pennant Hills Demons
Best Players: C. Allison, M. Sheather, M. Preen, J. Peatling, T. Wales, C. Owen-Auburn
|1||North Shore Bombers||8||8||0||0||0||0||0||967||252||383.73||100.00|
|3||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||8||6||2||0||0||0||0||1011||370||273.24||75.00|
|4||St George Dragons||8||5||3||0||0||0||0||825||425||194.12||62.50|
|5||Pennant Hills Demons||8||4||4||0||0||0||0||759||449||169.04||50.00|
|6||Inner West Magpies||8||4||4||0||0||0||0||485||696||69.68||50.00|
|7||Manly Warringah Wolves||8||2||6||0||0||0||0||373||808||46.16||25.00|
|9||East Coast Eagles||8||1||7||0||0||0||0||421||768||54.82||12.50|
|10||UTS Australian Football Club||8||0||8||0||0||0||0||238||1307||18.21||0.00|