Premier Division Reserves – Eagles Suffer Round One Hangover As Bulldogs Go Bang
It’s no question there is exceptional depth at UNSW, and it was on full display this past Saturday, as they rolled out a formidable Reserves side. The Bulldogs, who flattened UTS by 147 points in Round One, were intent on another large victory, and they did just that. Highlighted by an unstoppable run of forward 50 entries, UNSW produced a ruthless performance, dominating the scoreboard with 42 scoring shots to the Eagles 4. East Coast worked hard on the ground, applying a typically consistent tackling pressure, led particularly well by Matty Scholz, Will Mitchell and Jordan Etto. However, UNSW did the little things right all day, far too skillful and speedy to combat in the end, with the footy in their half for the majority of the contest. Back to the drawing board for the Ressies, spirits will pick right back up and we look forward to the next fight.
Final Score: UNSW 18.24.132 to ECE 2.2.14
Under 19’s Division One – Classic Contest Goes Down To The Wire In One Point Epic
In a rematch of last year’s Preliminary Final, East Coast and UNSW met at Kanebridge Oval as the two young squads put it all on the line for early season bragging rights. What unfolded was a nail biting showdown, a two and fro battle which was always going to end in elation for one side, and heartbreak for the other. Unfortunately, our Eagles were on the losing side, absolutely exhausted in a devastating one-point defeat, decided by a Bulldog behind in the final minute. Both sides displayed unwavering ferocity at the footy for four quarters, hungry for victory, and despite the loss, East Coast won plenty of admirers Jack Monger was elite through the midfield, as Kyle Spencer and Keegan Brady also put in stock standard solid performances. Our young Eagles will come back better for the close loss, a blessing in disguise perhaps as they will be as determined as ever to cause the boilover in the next meeting between these sides.
Final Score: UNSW 8.12.60 to ECE 8.11.59
Women’s Division One – Catch Up Footy Left Too Late In Another Nail-Biting Defeat
The main event of our first home game weekend, was the Women’s Division One, who hosted Penrith in some good ol’ fashioned night footy. In what was a tantalizing back and forth contest, our EAGALS fell agonizingly short going down by 3 points to Penrith, despite a defensive masterclass in the second half. After winning in Round One, the EAGALS searched for another big game with a focus on defensive pressure, and Coach Damon Steer would have been proud of his side’s effort in the second half, keeping their opponents scoreless. Unfortunately, though East Coast couldn’t hit the scoreboard enough to get the win, unable to capatalise despite having the ball in their forward 50 for much of the final minutes. Paris Mooney and Abbey Martin continued their strong starts to the season in notable performances, and the EAGALS will look forward to a big game against Macquarie Uni next round.
Final Score: PR 4.3.27 to ECE 3.6.24
Men’s Division Two – Eagles Defy The Early Morning Fog To Claim A Famous Win
The oppourtunity was right in front of the East Coast Div 2 men on Saturday morning. In conditions which evened the playing field, a wet, slippery and foggy Kanebridge Oval saw the Eagles sink their teeth into a Sydney Uni side, who weren’t prepared for their opponents fired up determination to earn a victory. With clean footy a rarity in tough conditions, the contested scrap was crucial, with East Coast going into halftime two points up thanks to veteran Dan O’Connor launching the heavy footy from 45m on the siren. As the sun came out towards the end, it would come down to which side could win their one-on-ones and convert. East Coast were far more accurate in front of the big sticks, running away with the win, in a famous victory that was celebrated hard in the aftermath. Big shoutout to Scotty Waterhouse, usually a defender, who was a beast in the ruck and kicked 2 goals.
Final Score: ECE 6.4.40 to SYD 2.10.22