The EAGALS needed to bounce back to form in Round Two, and boy did they ever.
After a tough welcoming back to season 2020, last year’s Women’s Premier Division runners-up were hell bent on getting their first win of the season, protecting their nest in a flexing performance.
Our EAGALS would have backed themselves to get the win against their UNSW Bulldogs opponents, however, after last week’s slip-up, there was no room for complacency.
Starting fast was a key focus, and they eclipsed all expectations, leading by 21-0 at quarter-time. The message was clear at the first-break: keep the foot on the throat. Once again, East Coast ticked every box, seizing the momentum immediately in the second term and never letting it out of their clutches.
Come the second-half, and it was all one-way traffic, with the EAGALS piling on the pain to run out 71-0 victors.
Whilst it was a positive return to form in attack, it was East Coast’s backline, led by GWS Giants AFLW youngster Georgia Garnett, which deserves huge credit for their performance. The Bulldogs looked to build pressure going Inside 50, but time after time, their attempts were countered by a bruising in-sync EAGAL defensive structure, that was relentless in their successful aim to hold their opponents to nil.
You don’t win a game of footy by 71-0 without it being a full team effort, and each player was instrumental in the win. However, Brenna Tarrant deserves a highlight for her strong start to the season, along with the always reliable Maddy Ferguson, and Alex Huynh who impressed in her Premier Division debut.
Up front, the forward duo of Elizabeth Wilson and Niamh Gray, combined for 7 goals between them in a massive game, with Gray really starting to come into her role as a strong marking tall forward.
Going into a Grand Final rematch against Macquarie University next week, victory in Round Two was vital for the EAGALS, and they didn’t let anyone down. There’s a huge buzz for next week’s showdown, expect plenty of feeling in a close intense battle
|East Coast Eagles||3.3-21||5.8-38||6.9-45||10.11-71|
|UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: G. Garnett, B. Tarrant, E. Wilson, S. Ford, M. Ferguson
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs
|1||Manly Warringah Wolves||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||78||26||300.00||100.00|
|2||Inner West Magpies||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||103||48||214.58||100.00|
|5||Pennant Hills Demons||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||79||60||131.67||50.00|
|6||East Coast Eagles||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||97||74||131.08||50.00|
|7||UTS Australian Football Club||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||55||57||96.49||50.00|
|8||North Shore Bombers||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||41||84||48.81||0.00|
|10||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||11||113||9.73||0.00|