Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Go Down But Not Without A Fight Against The Arch Enemy
It was always going to be a game with plenty of spite and rivalry fueled hatred in the air, what else could you expect when East Coast meets Pennant Hills. Our Magoos were on a mission, win here and finals footy was all but assured. Unfortunately results did not go our way, and we just could not find enough scoring chances when it counted. But this was no bloodbath, there were two teams in this fight. If you only concentrate on the scoreboard, then the Demons looked the better side early, keeping East Coast goalless in the first half. Although, the Eagles were not too far off the pace and we were still a chance, but needed to seize momentum straight away in the third term. We did just that, laying some crunching tackles and throwing Penno off their game, kicking 4 goals to 3 to trail by 19 at 3QT. It wasn’t to be in the end, unable to find another major, as the Demons were just too good and won by 31 points. Nick Johns was a popular players player, and Corey Dowle snagged his second goal of the year in true highlights.
FINAL SCORE: PHD 8.11.59 to ECE 4.3.27
Under 19’s Division 1 – East Coast Make It Count When The Pressure Is On
If there was any East Coast side under real pressure on Back to Baulko day this year, it was the Under 19s. A win and finals footy would become a reality, but a loss and finals would probably be out the window. That was the simple do or die challenge that awaited our young guns. With plenty of support behind them, they did not disappoint, and gave our fans many exciting moments to cheer. It was a competitive contest early, with there being only 8 points in the game at half-time, but after a stirring speech by coach Adam Wilson at half-time, the troops were ready. We could not let ourselves down and slip up on this day, this side had worked too hard. The second-half was arguably their best half of footy all year, the goals flowed and Penno could not find an answer. With a 5 goal to 1 final quarter, we dispatched our Demon rivals by 40 points, and earnt a place in finals footy. Congrats boys, you did the jersey proud.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 11.11.77 to PHD 5.7.37
Women’s Division One – EAGALS Finish B2B Day On A High With Awesome Win
After a long day at Kanebridge Oval, another Back to Baulko Day was coming to an end, but not without a huge win for our Div One EAGALS. Finishing the day off in style, the ladies were relentless in their pressure style of footy that has brought opposition sides undone all season, leading at every change on their way to a 13 point victory. Pennant Hills made us work, but not hard enough to control momentum for long periods. The EAGALS made it clear we owned Penno on this night. The margin was close throughout the game largely due to inaccurate kicking in front of goal from East Coast, but we always looked the better side, a positive note as finals footy still remains a possibility. Lauren Martin provided a brilliant captain’s knock in a BOG performance, and Abbey Martin was amongst the goals again scoring 2 majors. Great way to finish the day, we are always so proud of the EAGALS.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 4.10.34 to PHD 3.3.21
Men’s Division Two – Tim Physick Breaks A Record But Eagles Fall Short
In the best story of the day, club legend Tim Physick broke the games played record for the East Coast Eagles in conjunction with the Baulkham Hills footy club. Putting on the boots for his 434rd game in the Division Two side, Physick was his iconic self, never taking a backwards step and inspiring his side to stay in the hunt for four quarters. The toughest bloke I’ve ever played with, it was an honour for myself to play alongside Tim in his milestone game. The Eagles played with heart, delivering a performance that had plenty of passion and hunger, as Co-Captain Stephen Tumminello led from the front with some brutal hits on key Pennant Hills players. With just 1 point separating the sides at 3QT, the last term would be the difference maker. Unfortunately, we ran out of legs and fell away at the end, losing by just 6 points. We were disappointed, but proud of our efforts, representing the club in fine fashion.
FINAL SCORE: PHD 4.11.35 to ECE 4.5.29
Back to Baulko 2020 had its ups and downs, but it was truly one that we will never forget