As the writer of these weekly match reports, I am truly struggling to find enough unique adjectives to describe how well this team is playing.
Our EAGALS just cannot be stopped. It is beginning to get scary.
Heading into Round 5 back at home, after two weeks on the road, we were keen as a bean to kick some goals on our home turf, and believe me there were plenty of scoring opportunities in this one. Facing a UNSW Bulldogs team that boasted a 3-1 record, we weren’t expecting an easy contest. We ourselves were 4-0, but with some key players out there was still a big challenge ahead.
The great thing about our women’s program in 2021, is that the leadership at the top coming from our elite coaching group have built this squad as one, and to play as one. No matter who comes in and out of our 3 sides, we would be on the same page and singing to the same tune. Considering the form of our Prems EAGALS, Ash Moeller’s first grade side is brilliant evidence of this.
From the first bounce we were locked in, ready and willing to get to the ball first and support with numbers in waves. UNSW looked to shutdown our spread early, but braver teams have tried and plenty more have failed in this regard. We were just too speedy and skillful for our opponents, and the margin kept increasing at a rapid rate.
There have been many games over the years, when our EAGALS are clearly the dominant side, and if they felt like it they could easily put the cue in the rack. Coasting to a victory sounds easy right? I dare say if you ask any of our players this they were absolutely disagree, because we have continued to show no mercy. A foot on throat mentality has defined our season thus far, and it has made for some dazzling displays, which are all but certain to continue on as we progress through the rounds.
Quarter-by-quarter, the scores hardly mattered, because this day was all about us. UNSW were on the wrong end of a hiding. Our backline were tested at times, but once again we rose to the occasion. Our strong backline led by Renee Tomkins, Bryany Parker, Bailee Hourigan and Anna Barton continue to intimidate all who come up against us. Underestimate this backline at your peril, because they prove time and time again that they refuse to be beaten.
Up forward Jordyn Jollife was super impressive, kicking 4 gun goals, her first for the club. Abbey Martin also starred with 3 goals, as did Brooke Bailey, who on debut kicked her first of three goals only 15 seconds after running on the ground. You cannot write this stuff. Fantastic. Rylee McGartland also added a stock standard 3 goals for her EAGALS.
Our midfield, what more need I say. The scoreline reflects an engine room that completely outplayed the Bulldogs in every area imaginable.
The final score was 138-7.
131 points the margin.
We remain undefeated atop the ladder.
This competition had better watch out.
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: B. Parker, E. Hurley, A. Dallaway, J. Jolliffe, M. Finch, A. Barton
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs
Best Players: R. Mount, N. Hicks, J. Jarrett, A. Pellen, I. Hardwick, Z. Devlin
|1||East Coast Eagles||5||5||0||0||407||97||419.59||20|
|2||Manly Warringah Wolves||5||4||1||0||331||165||200.61||16|
|4||North Shore Bombers||5||3||2||0||224||138||162.32||12|
|5||Inner West Magpies||5||3||2||0||236||152||155.26||12|
|6||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||5||3||2||0||131||242||54.13||12|
|8||Pennant Hills Demons||5||1||4||0||156||279||55.91||4|
|9||UTS Australian Football Club||5||1||4||0||136||344||39.53||4|