Nothing AND I MEAN NOTHING, was going to stand in the East Coast EAGALS way on Back to Baulko day this past weekend.
East Coast were ready for war, but it quickly became apparent that they were going to be the better side, giving Pennant Hills a bath in a thumping 59 point victory.
Looking for back-to-back wins, it was crucial that we kept focused and our eyes on the prize. With finals footy beckoning, there is no room for complacency, and despite going into the game as favourites we still had to get the job done.
Pennant Hills love to bring the fight to the Eagles and gals, no matter which division, and there is always plenty of tension at bay when these matchups occur.
Whilst there were plenty of big hits and fiery contests throughout the match, the real damage was done on the scoreboard, and the EAGALS started the party early.
Kicking away in the first term, East Coast worked hard to win the footy out of the middle and put pressure on Demon defenders, as our Inside 50 count grew very quickly. Our pattern of play was outstanding at times, but it was our defence which once again proved to be the backbone, as Pennant Hills were held to nil in the first quarter.
The second term soon became a case of: Different quarter, Same Story, as our backline were ruthless in keeping their rivals to no shots on goal for a half of footy, whilst our forwards extended the lead. Only inaccurate kicking kept Penno in the game, albeit slightly, as the EAGALS led 34-0 at half-time.
East Coast had all the momentum however, and there was no way we were going to give the Demons a sniff, and with better execution on goal, we continued the dominance.
The party started early for East Coast, and rolled on for four quarters, as we had plenty to celebrate after a 60-1 win over our greatest rivals.
I must sound like a broken record, but Georgia Garnett was once again at the top of her game, not letting the occasion get to her, as skipper Sarah Ford was as inspirational as always. Em Hurley deserves a mention for her 2 goal performance, whilst Bailee Hourigan was on fire down back, taking vital intercept marks which kept Penno on the back foot.
Well done EAGALS, finals are coming and with one last game next week against UTS before we get down to business, we seem to be peaking at the perfect time.
There really is nothing sweeter then beating Penno!
|East Coast Eagles||2.4-16||4.10-34||6.11-47||8.12-60|
|Pennant Hills Demons||0.0||0.0||0.1-1||0.1-1|
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: G. Garnett, S. Ford, B. Hourigan, A. Dallaway, B. Parker, B. Tarrant
Pennant Hills Demons
|1||Manly Warringah Wolves||8||7||1||0||0||0||0||382||134||285.07||87.50|
|3||Inner West Magpies||8||6||2||0||0||0||0||416||186||223.66||75.00|
|4||East Coast Eagles||8||6||2||0||0||0||0||369||167||220.96||75.00|
|5||North Shore Bombers||8||5||3||0||0||0||0||344||129||266.67||62.50|
|7||Pennant Hills Demons||8||2||6||0||0||0||0||208||349||59.60||25.00|
|8||UTS Australian Football Club||8||1||6||1||0||0||0||149||371||40.16||18.75|
|9||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||8||1||7||0||0||0||0||100||561||17.83||12.50|