Premier Division Reserves – Hustle And Bustle Gets The Job Done In Survival Of The Fittest
A new era for the Ressies side at East Coast kicked off with a bang in Round One, as the James Ford coached side achieved victory over Inner Wests, in a win defined by a ruthless man-on-man style of footy. In what was a scrappy game for four quarters, the boys backed their teammate all day, perfectly aware that relentless pressure defence would win them the game. East Coast were more composed in front of the sticks, tougher in the contest on the ground, not willing to let a win slip through their clutches, and they lead at every change. Great start to Season 2020, and fantastic club debuts from Jalen Timms, Hayden Landels and Josh Riseborough were a real highlight.
Final Score: ECE 9.6.60 to IWM 6.5.41
Under 19s Division One – A Great Day For Footy With Goals, Goals And More Goals
You don’t get to enjoy floggings too often in footy, but this 127 point win was in another universe. Our 19s boys were up at dawn, primed and ready for battle against an Inner Wests side who were making the jump to Division One, and were unfortunately for them way down on troops. Right for the picking they were, and East Coast pulled no punches, impressing with a fast-paced run and carry brand of footy. This side is full of youth, with plenty of speed and skill throughout, and they have the potential to do damage once again this season. Ethan Grace kicked 6, Co-captain Harrison Bultitude added 4 of his own, and Jack Monger once again proved he is as tough as a stubborn mule, in a worthy BOG performance. Huge energies boys, great game.
Final Score: ECE 19.17.131 to IWM 0.4.4
Women’s Division One – Abbey Martin kicks a winning score in an early test for EAGALS
Despite technically being defending premiers, our Division One EAGALS showed their new competition that they are here to ruffle some feathers in 2020. Whilst, going up a division is always a challenge, Damon and Peter Steer have done a sensational job with the women’s playing group, crafting two strong teams eager to compete with the best sides. In what was a very competitive Round One fixture against Newtown at Henson Park, goals were hard to come by, and the sharpshooting skills of Abbey Martin were welcomed with open arms, her three goals crucial in the victory. The EAGALS displayed tremendous physicality and aggression at the footy, and whilst there are areas to improve in, immense positives should be taken out of this game. An exciting win to open the season, especially since we had a long list on new players who more then held their own.
Final Score: ECE 3.3.21 to NB 1.5.11
Men’s Division Two – Plenty Of Positive Signs Despite A Disappointing Result
With the rest of the club perched in the Inner West of Sydney, the Div 2 boys remained in the Hills area, with a war against the arch rival Pennant Hills set for a cracking main event of the day for East Coast. With plenty of new faces in the side, a total of 5 blokes playing their first game for the Eagles, the focus was on being respectfully ruthless. For three quarters, the Eagles maintained a slim lead, but ran out of gas in the final term. Although, this does not discredit their attitude and intent in defeat, as with greater cohesion, game shapes will develop and there is tons of confidence in the playing group to make an impact in 2020. Congrats to Nick Trlin who kicked his first goal, in his first game of AFL footy.
Final Score: PHD 7.10.52 to ECE 4.6.30