That is the big story out of the weekend at East Coast, with our Premier Division EAGALS extending their perfect season record to 7 wins and 0 losses after 7 rounds of footy.
We came up against a strong North Shore Bombers side, a team who were very keen for the challenge and hoping to cause a major boilover. The Bombers are always a tough matchup in any competition, as they typically carry themselves with a winning confidence and attitude. Thus, we knew we could not afford to take this side lightly.
EAGALS Coach Ash Moeller described this contest as a “finals like game”, as there was a different feeling in this one compared to previous rounds. We have beaten sides easily in recent weeks, but this wasn’t the same opposition, we got a real fight out of North Shore. The intensity was through the roof.
The game started on fire for East Coast, with superstar goalkicker Rylee McGartland nailing a Goal Of The Year Contender from the pocket inside the first two minutes of the game. It is hard to describe other than saying it was one of the best goals I’ve seen kicked at Kanebridge for quite some time. This set the tone for a strong first quarter, where we looked to dominate stoppages. We were on top and in front by 8 points at Quarter-Time.
The game was in the balance in the second quarter, but we kept rolling and stayed in front enough to remain the better side, leading by 16 points at the main break. Our defensive structures kept us well in front, as North Shore struggled to get past our rock Renee Tomkins in defence.
We kicked it up a notch in the Premiership quarter, gaining some breathing room over the Bombers to lead by 24 points. Our attack on the footy was hard as nails, and we reaped the rewards because of it. Skills wise we were on song, and another victory was well in sight. 24 points in front at 3QT and the game was ours to lose.
We finished the game strong, kicking away in the end in a physical game of footy that ended like all the others have so far, with the EAGALS victorious, this time by slightly less than usual, but a 34 point win is nothing to sneeze at.
McGartland was impressive once again booting 4 goals, whilst our midfield were tremendous despite their Ruckman having a sizeable advantage. Ally Dallaway, Anna Barton and Chloe Arndt were amongst our best for the day, whilst Laura Moran continued her good form with two goals. Emma Scriven also played her best Prems game yet.
Another day, another win for our EAGALS. We remain unbeaten, on top of the ladder.
Who can stop us?
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: A. Dallaway, A. Barton, R. McGartland, C. Arndt, R. Tomkins, E. Scriven
North Shore Bombers
Best Players: P. Clegg, D. Carruthers, F. Dalton, K. Reynolds, Z. Hurrell, E. Matheson
|1||East Coast Eagles||7||7||0||0||550||122||450.82||28|
|2||Manly Warringah Wolves||7||6||1||0||416||191||217.80||24|
|4||Inner West Magpies||7||5||2||0||411||167||246.11||20|
|5||North Shore Bombers||7||4||3||0||284||229||124.02||16|
|6||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||7||3||4||0||166||360||46.11||12|
|8||Pennant Hills Demons||7||1||6||0||220||349||63.04||4|
|9||UTS Australian Football Club||7||1||6||0||143||460||31.09||4|