Eagles Around The Grounds Round 4

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Go Down Swinging In Tight Loss To Magpies

Our Magoos took on Western Suburbs at their home ground of Picken Oval in Round 4, once again boasting a string of personnel changes, which this week showcased the future of our great club. 5 up and coming Eagle Under 19s players backed up from their earlier game, to pull on the boots for Reserves, and not once did any of the bunch look out of place. Needless to say, there was an exciting blend of youth and experience on show for much of the contest. A physical first half came to an end with East Coast down by 8 points, but there was confidence we could outclass our opponents in the later stages. Nipper Adams kicked a thrilling goal from the pocket in the highlight of the Premiership quarter, as we gained the lead at 3QT by 10 points. It was ours for the taking. Leading by 16 with ten minutes to go, we started to run out of legs and Wests took advantage. The Magpies showed frankly ridiciulous awareness for where the goals are, slotting 5 impressive majors to run away with the result. We lost by 10, but considering the performances of youngsters such as Bailey Beattie and Josh Gleeson, the club is in a good spot moving forward. Scotty Waterhouse was also fantastic in another makeshift Ruckman role.

FINAL SCORE – IWM 12.5.77 to ECE 10.7

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Women’s Division One – EAGALS Lose In Heartbreaking Fashion After Final Siren

Footy is a great game on the best of days. However on others, it can be a cruel cruel beast. Whilst many of our teams were on the road in Round 4, our Div 1 EAGALS were back at home, ready to Protect The Nest. They came up against a red hot Parramatta Goannas side, who were intent on making Kanebridge Oval their turf for the day. When two intensely physical and hard at it footy sides come together, goals are always a premium, every score crucial. This was the story in the first half, as defensive pressure was on show, a number of bruising tackles a wonderful highlight. The scores tied 3-3 at Quarter-Time, scoreboard pressure would be critical in the second half. Our EAGALS took the game on, and sent the ball forward enough times to scramble 2 important goals compared to Parra’s 1, to lead by 6 at half-time. It was a battle in the second half, neither side giving an inch, all who watched on knew it would come down to the wire. We lead by 4 at 3QT. A phenomenal last quarter transpired, with the EAGALS looking like they were home until disaster struck. Parra got one last chance after the final siren, and unfortunately they took it. A point the margin, and we were on the losing end. We were devastated, but boy are we determined to get them back next time.

FINAL SCORE: PG 4.7.31 to ECE 4.6.30

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Under 19’s Division One – East Coast Crush Wests In Resounding Statement

It was East vs West in the battle of the young guns on Saturday, and it was on for one and all from the first bounce. The Eagles bounced back to form last week by smashing Camden, and they were after another big win here to boost their ladder position and all round confidence levels. With the morning young, it was a slow game to get going, with our kicking boots still in bed through the first quarter, spraying a few chances to lead by only 9 points at the first break. Our defence stood up over the next quarter, conceding zero goals, whilst our attack started to sing, as we used our speed on the outside to get repeat Inside 50s. We made our move in the 3rd term, taking the game completely away from Wests to lead by 64 at 3QT. East Coast won by 82 points in the end, but it should have been far more, as we kicked more behinds then goals. With some goalkicking practice at training, our scores should only improve, but we continue to go up and up in the Under 19s. Kody Spencer kicked 4 goals and Jayden Rapely kicked 3. Well done team.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 15.16.106 to IWM 3.6.24

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Women’s Division Four – Defence Stands Tall As We Keep Wollondilly Scoreless In Big Win

Our EAGALS are well and truly flying. This new team has been a huge signing light on our 2021 season, with coach Alicia Ford and the girls crushing it at the current moment. The Wollondilly Knights had a massive drive to Kanebridge early Saturday morning, and it seemed they had some seriously tired eyes once the ball was bounced, because we pounced straight away and left them in our wake. Both sides went into the game with only one loss and two wins to their name, so this was an important game to win for us. It was hard to fault our effort, attack on the footy and chemistry for four quarters, as we lit it up in a great showing. Our defence was unbelievable, holding the Knights scoreless the entire game. A 46-0 is the perfect way to start the day, and it sees us go to second on the ladder. Huge.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 46 to WK 0

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Men’s Division Two – Eagles Fall After Half Time As Newtown Ride Momentum Wave To Win

In what was our first taste of defeat this season, the Div 2 boys faced Newtown in Round 4, in a game defined by injuries. Newtown are a proud club, especially on their home turf, and they were determined not to beaten. It was an even contest on the scoreboard early on, but East Coast dominated the game in terms of contested footy and clearances. However, once we lost Ruckman Dave Taylor, we struggled to gain a consistent stoppage and clearance advantage. We lost further players to injury, leaving us with an empty bench going into the final quarter. Down 24 at 3QT it would take something special to get the win. Unfortunately Newtown were too good, however, we held them goalless in the final term which is a special effort considering the circumstances. We will comeback with a vengencane. Shout outs to midfielders Justin Harding and Troy Jones continuing their strong starts to 2021, as well as big dogs Sam Nash and Harrison Drew for filling in in the Ruck.

FINAL SCORE: NB 7.8.50 to ECE 4.6.30

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Will Cashmore