Revenge is a dish best served cold, and our EAGALS well and truly showed this against Inner Wests in Round 4.
The Magpies knocked us out of the competition last season, in a disappointing end to a campaign which we hoped would end with a flag. Needless to say, this win was sweet revenge. After this result, our end goal looks just that little bit likelier to come true, not that I want to get too ahead of myself.
Going into the game, the focus was clearly on winning contests, as we knew winning 1 on 1 contests would be a massive factor. Wests are a tough side to play against, as one of the more physical sides in the competition, so it would be our job to bring a superior and relentless level of pressure.
We controlled the game well and with plenty of energy in the first quarter, outsmarting our opposition with some strong switches out of the backline getting us on the front foot. We achieved far more Inside 50s compared to the Magpies in the first term, and whilst we couldn’t find too many goals, it was only a matter of time.
We turned up the heat in the second quarter, our tackling pressure a key feature of the game as per usual. We climbed the mountain in the this period, extending the margin to 24 points at half time. After a goalless quarter, Wests were hurting as we were leading almost every facet of the contest.
An almost identical quarter followed in the Premiership quarter, putting Wests to the sword to damaging effect, leading by 44 at the final break.
The final quarter saw fatigue set in, as Wests managed a couple of consolation goals, but not enough to ruin our day. We won by 31 points, an emphatic victory that is for sure.
In the eyes of Coach Ash Moeller, our forward line was immense, better than it had been all year in face, with ace Rylee McGartland dominating with 5 goals. Laura Moran also had a strong showing, playing a particularly crafty role on her way to kicking 2 goals. Georgia Garnett was typically fantastic, starring across half-back and on-ball. Chloe Arndt continues to stand up in big games, delivering when it counts with many big tackles. As far as midfielders go in this competition, we might have the best in Ally Dallaway as she was a contest and clearance beast on Saturday, forming a wicked combo with debutant Ruck Jackie Smith. Tarni Evans showcased her spearing left boot out of the midfield as well, providing our forwards tons of chances to score. Finally, Renee Tomkins was a huge addition, holding Giants AFLW player Bec Privitelli to a quiet game. She is the leader of our backline for a reason.
This game was classic viewing for East Coast supporters, watching our EAGALS wear the jersey with such pride and playing with just as much passion. They are the crown jewel of our club at the moment, sitting pretty atop the ladder.
|Inner West Magpies||1.1-7||1.2-8||1.3-9||3.6-24|
|East Coast Eagles||2.2-14||5.2-32||8.5-53||8.7-55|
Inner West Magpies
Best Players: E. Pease, M. Convery, D. Elliston, E. Todd, B. Fox-Quinn, E. Morris
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: G. Garnett, C. Arndt, A. Dallaway, T. Evans, R. Tomkins, R. McGartland
|1||East Coast Eagles||4||4||0||0||269||90||298.89||16|
|2||Manly Warringah Wolves||4||3||1||0||287||123||233.33||12|
|4||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||3||3||0||0||115||70||164.29||12|
|5||North Shore Bombers||3||2||1||0||148||85||174.12||8|
|6||Inner West Magpies||4||2||2||0||174||132||131.82||8|
|8||UTS Australian Football Club||4||1||3||0||116||282||41.13||4|
|9||Pennant Hills Demons||4||0||4||0||92||257||35.80||0|