Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Start Slow But Grind Out Scrappy Win Over Cats
It wasn’t pretty, and at times it was downright ugly, but in Round 3 our Men’s Reserves side gutted out a win over a game Camden Cats outfit, on their home deck. The Magoos started slow, lacking any real energy early on, but once we woke up, the goals started coming. Repeat Inside 50s for East Coast damaged Camden’s resolve, as the Eagles kicked away to a 13-point lead at half-time. We struggled to gain the momentum for large periods of the game, as Camden continued applying pressure around the ground. The margin was only 17 in favour of the Magoos at 3QT. Senior players stood up in the final term, with Scott Waterhouse leading from the front in the Ruck, Matt Eastman winning vital clearances out of the middle, and Matt Scholz playing a commanding role as our deep forward. Our inacccurate kicking kept the winning margin at 36 points, but it was a valuable win nonetheless. Shout out to Jack Fishburn as well, as the live-wire forward kicked a fantastic 5 goals in a cracking game.
Final Score: ECE 13.15.93 to CC 9.3.57
Women’s Division One – EAGALS Mount Major Comeback To Knock Off Western Magic
Holey Moley, do I wish I was there to see this one unfold. Two very passionate and competitive teams in our Div 1 EAGALS and Western Magic did battle on the weekend, in a matchup which has provided some remarkable finishes over the years between the two clubs. With our EAGALS 1-1 from their opening fortnight, and Magic winless, this was going to be an all out war, and it was. An even contest in the first quarter, our EAGALS were up by a point at the first break, looking to get control in the second term. Unfortunately, this is where Magic made their move, winning too many key moments and adding three crucial goals to the scoreboard. We were behind the 8 ball, but not willing to give up. The Premiership quarter got its name for a reason, because it is often when the game is won and lost. This was our time to shine, with our EAGALS lifting to get the game back the level pegging, kicking three big goals to regain the lead at 3QT. It was a game of inches in the final quarter, but our girls did it. We won by 2 points in the ultimate comeback. Congratulations EAGALS.
Final Score: ECE 5.6.36 to WM 5.4.34
Under 19’s Division One – Young Fellas Regain Groove In Big Way With Thumping Win
Sometimes in footy, especially for a young team, you need a game where you can get your confidence back. There is no better way to do this, than by absolutely carving up an opposition team. The Under 19’s Eagles did this in Round 3, traveling to Camden to face the struggling and equally winless Cats. A strong first quarter set the tone for a big afternoon for our boys, shutting out Camden 41-0. It was over just after it begun. Whilst it wasn’t the best game we ever played, in fact we were hardly at our very best for extensive periods, it was a positive sign that we are heading in the right direction. The Cats still couldn’t find a goal in the second term, with our backline working hard not to allow anything past them. Our midfield was sensational, Lachie Mason and Nick Hyland especially on fire, as big Ruckman Harrison Cutting killed it setting up plenty of goals with his elite clearance work. Forward pressure was constant in the second half, as we kept the scoreboard rolling, eventually winning by 111 points. Great game fellas.
Final Score: ECE 17.18.120 to CC 1.3.9
Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Keep Rolling With Big Win Over Magpies
South West Sydney were the challenge for our Div 4 EAGALS in Round 3, and after a win and a loss to open the season, our girls were fit and firing ready to tackle the Magpies. This side especially, shows the amazing depth our EAGALS have, with Alicia Ford’s talented team boasting a tremendous blend of youth, experience, speed, toughness and skill. It was all on full display across the four quarters, as we rarely let South West Sydney get on top of the contest at any point in the game. From the opening bounce, we were determined to win the hard ball out of the middle and give our forwards plenty of service to work with. A strong, commanding win was the order of the day, and our EAGALS responded with a fantastic 33 point victory.
Final Score: ECE 5.10.40 to SWS 1.1.7
Men’s Division Two – Div 2 Is Officially Great Again
My word, can you believe it. It’s official, after years of hard word and squad development, Div 2 are making good on their promise to MAKE DIV 2 GREAT AGAIN, as with a close win over NorWest Jets, we remain undefeated after 3 weeks. All pre-season we have prided ourselves on our core club values: Trust, Mateship & Courage. We ticked those boxes once again on the weekend, playing as a unit which cannot be broken. We dominated the game in the first half in every area except on the scoreboard. A big second-half would be important to ensure we didn’t let this one slip. The connection between our middle and forward line is a work in progress, but at times it was marvelous in this game, with Justin Harding and David Taylor starring out of the centre, whilst Jake Mindham kicked an obligatory 3 classy goals. It was a pressure cooker in the final term, with just a kick in it for most of the way home. NorWest scrambled and had a shot after the siren to win, but they fell short and we got the W. 3-0 and in the Top Two on the ladder. Does it get any better. Big shout out to Sam Nash as well, for absolutely pulverizing multiple Jets players with bruising tackles. They were not for the faint-hearted. Good job big dog.
Final Score: ECE 5.7.37 to NWJ 4.10.34