There was a time not too long ago, when Macquarie University vs East Coast Eagles in the Women’s Premier Division would be a main event worthy contest. Both sides were the big dogs of the competition, always keen to fight it out and prove they were the best team going.
Those days are well behind us, and we won the war.
Approaching this game, our EAGALS had some massive recruits come in to the side, with GWS AFLW players Georgia Garnett, Tarni Evans and Alyce Parker playing their first games of the season. You can bet everyone was excited to see how the Giants girls would go in the EAGAL blue and gold. Garnett of course has been an EAGAL for life, whereas, Evans and Parker were playing their very first games for the club entirely. Without doubt they earnt their stripes in Round 3, playing fantastic debut games, in which they both kicked a goal.
The game started hot for East Coast, with our EAGALS busting out of the gates with a six goal quarter to a duck egg from their opponent. We controlled the game comfortably, and hardly looked challenged around the ground. 36-0 at Quarter-Time and the scoreline was only going one way.
We kept up the pressure in the second term, but got a touch inaccurate in front of the big sticks. A 53 point lead at Half-Time is nothing to frown about, but it could have been more had we kicked straighter.
Our EAGALS looked to make amends in the 3rd quarter, and they did just that kicking 4 goals and 2 behinds, to keep the scoreboard ticking over well in our favour. Maq Uni tried their hardest, but nothing was stopping our EAGAL onslaught.
The night conditions meant the ground became dewey late in the contest, therefore the scrap intensified. We were on the winning end for the majority of 50/50 possessions, as our EAGALS stayed in the hunt until the final siren, kicking Maq Uni to the curb by a destructive 103 points.
It was well and truly our day.
Summer Hall was tremendous in her best game for the club thus far, Ruckman Em Hurley continued her fine run of form but again the highlight reel was dominated by crafty forward Georgina Fowler. Fowler kicked 6 goals, to assert herself as one of the best young players in the league. Rylee McGartland added 3 goals of her own, in another strong game from the key forward.
3-0 and we’ve barely busted a sweat, sitting pretty atop the table undefeated. Our EAGALS are on fire to begin the season, and the challenge now is to not let our standards drop as we head towards Round 4 next week.
Best Players: E. Hicks, H. Kowal, K. Johnston, J. Hicks, S. Lee, C. Davis
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: G. Fowler, E. Hurley, T. Evans, S. Ford, B. Parker, S. Hall
|1||East Coast Eagles||3||3||0||0||214||66||324.24||12|
|2||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||3||3||0||0||115||70||164.29||12|
|3||Manly Warringah Wolves||3||2||1||0||206||90||228.89||8|
|4||Inner West Magpies||3||2||1||0||150||77||194.81||8|
|5||North Shore Bombers||3||2||1||0||148||85||174.12||8|
|7||UTS Australian Football Club||3||1||2||0||80||244||32.79||4|
|10||Pennant Hills Demons||3||0||3||0||59||176||33.52||0|