There are two very special dates every East Coast side circles on the calendar each year. Of course, I am talking about the match-ups against our arch rivals Pennnat Hills Demons.
Whilst the annual Back-2-Baulko fiesta will take place later this year, this past weekend saw the two clubs first meeting of the season, on Penno’s home turf at Mike Kenny Oval in Cherrybrook.
The Demons have been struggling in the Women’s Premier Division competition, whilst we have been rolling. We were undefeated going into the contest, whereas Penno had only managed one victory. Thus, the stats would show this should have been an easy victory for us.
As is typical at Mike Kenny Oval, there was plenty of wind around. I don’t know about you, but I would rather play in pelting rain, compared to swirling wind, such is the frustration of windy conditions. The weather was almost certainly going to play a big role in the outcome of the game.
This was a Topsy-turvy game all things considered, as both sides lead at different times of the game, with Penno gaining the scoreboard advantage after a scrappy first-quarter, as they lead by 6 points. Perhaps, we underrated our opponents going into the game, or we were just not playing to our high standards. Either way, we had to acknowledge Penno had lifted for this local derby, and we had to follow suit.
That we did, as we quickly regained the lead once we kicked towards the end favoured by the wind. We gained the overwhelming momentum in the second quarter, enjoying a 20 point lead at Half-Time. Our EAGALS used their superior pace and skill to really get on top of the contest.
Penno came back firing in the 3rd quarter, not laying down at all, kicking 3 goals to 1, narrowing the margin to 8 points. They were truly giving it everything they had against us, the competition heavyweights.
We needed to respond in the final term, to close out a victory.
In the end, we should of won by more, kicking 1.5 in the last quarter, but after such a scrappy game we didn’t mind too much. Penno couldn’t trouble to scoreboard kicking against the wind in the last, as we won by a 19 point margin.
Coach Ash Moeller maintained that this was not our best game, playing “nowhere near our best footy”, but you need to lock these wins away sometimes. A win is a win after all.
In saying that, after a ton of easier wins this season, it was good for our EAGALS to be challenged like this, with our resolve shining through to comeback and get the win. This result also adds to our unbeaten run to start 2021, which now sits at 8-0.
Renee Tomkins was tremendous playing a pinch-hitting Ruck role, with our usual Rucks Em Hurley and Abbey Martin out. Rylee McGartland added 3 more goals to her season tally. Also with strong performances was the skillful Tarni Evans kicking a goal, as did dynamic forwards Georgie Fowler and Maddi Finch. Caiti Rogers was also in fine form, in her milestone 50th game. Congrats Caiti!
With Ladies Day next week, you can bet our EAGALS will be pumped to go 9-0 against Sydney Uni.
Watch This Space.
Pennant Hills Demons
Best Players: H. Lowe, A. Wade, B. Wade, K. Quinlan, N. Pajor, T. Duguid
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: R. Tomkins, M. Ferguson, A. Barton, N. Gray, S. Hall, C. Rogers
|1||East Coast Eagles||8||8||0||0||594||147||404.08||32|
|2||Manly Warringah Wolves||8||7||1||0||482||199||242.21||28|
|4||Inner West Magpies||8||5||3||0||446||206||216.50||20|
|5||North Shore Bombers||8||5||3||0||323||264||122.35||20|
|6||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||8||4||4||0||210||403||52.11||16|
|8||Pennant Hills Demons||8||1||7||0||245||393||62.34||4|
|9||UTS Australian Football Club||8||1||7||0||186||504||36.90||4|