Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Fight Till The End But Defeated By Doggies
Back at the Nest for Round 5, and the men’s teams faced a massive challenge against a rampant UNSW Bulldogs. Our Magoos boys knew the task at hand would be difficult, but we were confident we could bring the pressure to put UNSW off their game. Early in the piece we brought the fight, displaying some well tuned aggression and hunger for the footy at ground level which saw us match pace with our opponents in the first quarter. Youngsters Nipper Adams and Calum Sproull executed well on goal opportunities, kicking our majors to keep us only 5 points behind at the first break. UNSW looked to seize momentum in the second term, but they didn’t have it their own way for much of the contest. Despite being 5 goals down at Half-Time, were still right in the game. We knew we’d be sore come the final siren, but we continued putting everything into it. Unfortunately UNSW just had too much polish in the crucial moments and won well, by 46 points. Jake Mindham provided a strong target down forward kicking 3 goals, one of which brought the Div 2 boys on the Hill to a rousing standing ovation. Kurt Garnett ran hard all day, and Dane Twining put in one of the most courageous efforts you’ll see on the footy game. Very hard to fault the Magoos effort, but we need to bounce back heading into a must-win clash against UTS.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 6.4.40 to UNSW 11.20.86
Women’s Division One – EAGALS Dominate Rams In Crushing Landslide Victory
There really is not much to say about this one other than…..WOW. I am glad I am on the EAGAL side rather than Penrith side that’s for sure, because this game was over before it begun. After a heartstopping loss to Parra Goannas last week, our Div 1 EAGALS were chomping at the bit to get out and put a score on a side, and my lord did they. Travelling to Penrith, nothing other than destruction would be satisfying for Coach Jimmy Regan and his team, and it’s safe to say he was more than pleased with the result. Starting well kicking 4 goals to nil in the opening term, we really turned it up a notch in the second quarter, amassing another 6 goals to nil. Penrith had lots of soul-searching to do at half-time, because we never let them near the footy. We were rampant, undeterred and focused on winning every contest. Some of the goals were just too easy, as our backline cruised to a clean sheet, whilst our forwards had an absolute day out. An 125-0 win is something to savour, and with a full team effort,these girls are now brimming with so much confidence. Tammy McGregor starred with 6 goals in a BOG performance, whilst Bre Jones also kicked 4 of her own.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 19.11.125 to PR 0.0.0
Under 19’s Division One – Bulldogs Bite Eagle Young Guns In Statement Win
UNSW might jsut be the team to beat in all men’s comeptitions they compete in, and this could be most true in the Under 19’s. Therefore, our task matching them was always going to be tough. We went in with good intent to be physically dominant at the contest, but it would be our skill execution which would determine whether or not we’d get on top. UNSW like to control the pace of the game, play on their terms, and control the footy. They did this for lengthy periods on Saturday, meaning we struggled to get in the game at times. We were unable to find the big sticks in the first half, but we responded well in the 3rd quarter, making it a dogfight and the goals came. We were back in the contest, but UNSW showed their class in the last term, putting us to the sword in a strong way. We went down by 68 points, but learnt plenty about oursleves. UNSW are the team to beat and we now know where we’re at. It’s up to us to go to that next level.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 4.6.30 to UNSW 14.14.98
Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Make It 4 On The Trot After Ruthless Second Half
After three consecutive wins against Pennant Hills, South West Sydney and Wollondilly, our Div 4 EAGALS were keen to make it a perfect month against a tough North Shore side. With this being the early 9am game, our start would be very important, as early momentum would be won through which team could better hit their targets and build scoreboard pressure. The first half was a tough scrap for both sides, with our EAGALS kicking the only goal of the half to take a slim lead into half-time. Whatever Coach Alicia Ford said to her team in the sheds at half-time must of worked, because they came out in turbo mode. We fired the first shot and never looked back, absolutely tearing into the Bombers in the Premiership Quarter to well and truly put the game to bed. It was a 5 goal to nil term in our favour, and after adding 5 more in the last quarter victory was ours. We defended our backsides off and made sure North Shore didn’t kick a goal, which is perhaps the most pleasing result out of the game. Many of our best players were goalkickers as well, with Honore Anderson, Angelica Kamperos and Emma Vitanza leading from the front, in especially sensational performances, as standouts amongst a fantastic team around them.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 10.7.67 to NSB 0.2.2
Men’s Division Two – Div 2 Boys Pull Off Famous Win Against Undefeated Bombers
Unbelievably Proud – are two words that come to mind when I think about our Div 2 side at the moment. It is so special to see a bunch of blokes committed to each other and their club, led by a guru Coach in Michael Lambert, and after years of hard work we are finally starting to see results going their way. Our opponents in Round 5 were the table-topping North Shore Bombers, coming into the game undefeated. This match would be epic, like two gladiators going head-to-head. Kanebridge Oval is our turf, and protecting the nest was at the forefront of our minds. We had the trust of our teammates to get the job done, and we made a strong start, leading by 7 points at Quarter-Time. We controlled the game in the second quarter, increasing our lead to 14. However, it was the tackling pressure and manic numbers at the contest which was blowing North Shore off the park. They had no reply. This wasn’t a high scoring game, so a 14 point lead at 3QT was definitely not enough to ensure us the win, but we kept grinding in the last, and stayed on-top to win by 18. Knocking off first place is one of the best feelings in footy, but to do it in a side with the amount of mateship we possess is so much sweeter. Tim Physick kicked 3 goals, but it was the courage and determination of Lachlan Jansen that stole the show, putting his body on the line to win key contests which helped get his side over the line. Great Stuff LJ.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 7.6.48 to NSB 4.6.30