Premier Division Reserves – UTS Too Good For Magoos In Early Morning Contest
The scheduling for our Magoos side has been a bit all over the place this season. In the first 6 weeks we’ve played at our normal midday timeslot, but also under lights plus this past weekend, in the early morning game at 9:30. A trip to Bondi for that time was a tough go, but we aimed to make the best of it from the off. Conditions were not perfect for footy, but the wind didn’t pick up until later on in the day, so for our Magoos there were no excuses. It was tight contest for most of the first half, with neither side gaining strong momentum, but it was UTS who took a slight lead into the half-time break. Unfortunately for us, UTS too advantage of their Inside 50s better then we did, as they were able to find free men in the right spots in front of goal. We were always in the game, but struggled to piece together enough polished ball movement in attack, and were unable to get in front. 7 points was the margin in a close loss. Ryan Fitton, Marty Karafalis, Cam Wilson and Josh Riseborough were all strong contributors for us, but in the end UTS were just too good on the day.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 5.8.38 to UTS 5.15.45
Women’s Division One – EAGALS Continue To Look Dangerous And Dispatch UTS
It’s not just our Prems EAGALS which are making a ton of noise this season, because our Div 1 Girls are also on an absolute roll. Our record stands at 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at the moment, and that loss was only by one point. Had a couple things over the opening 6 rounds gone slightly our way, we’d be undefeated. Needless to say, we are at the top of our game right now, and Saturday against UTS was no different. Trumper Park can be a difficult place to play, due to the smaller size compared to Kanebridge, but we made the challenge look easy, as we ran our opponents right out of the game. We wanted that footy more than UTS in this game, and we were intent on making another strong impact. Our first half was fairly even, only up by 11 at half-time. The game was in the balance, but Coach Jimmy Regan steadied the ship and fired his girls up for a massive second-half, and our EAGALS delivered. Kicking 7 goals to 2 in the second half had our EAGALS lighting it up, and there was no stopping us on the way to a 44 point win. Maddy Ferguson and Nellie McMillan crushed it in this game, in a sensational showcase for the clubs depth in our Women’s ranks. Greta stuff girls.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.10.64 to UTS 3.2.20
Under 19’s Division One – Eagle Young Guns Respond With Strong Win
Last week was a tough hit-out for our junior Eagles, with the Under 19s struggling to stay with UNSW for four quarters of footy. This week we faced another Uni team, but UTS were no match for us. The game started with some end to end action, neither side giving an inch. Both sides were evenly matched on the ladder heading into the contest, thus early dominance would be crucial in winning the mental battle. We followed a tight first quarter, with a 5 goal second term, allowing us to stamp our authority on the scoreboard. We kicked another 5 in the premiership quarter, as it was becoming apparent that we were easily the more speedy and skillful side. We eventually won by 35 points, a pleasing performance in a game we should of won. Jacob Jones was tremendous on debut, as a standout performer.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 15.8.98 to UTS 9.9.63
Women’s Division Four – BYE
Our Div 4 Women’s side had a bye this week, meaning they sit 2nd on the ladder after 6 rounds, behind South West Sydney.
Men’s Division Two – Eagles Come Home Hard But Ultimately Go Down To UTS
This was a game that we should of won, and we all knew it. That’s what made it so disappointing when we were on the losing end after the final siren. Traveling into the heart of our city for a matchup against UTS, our Div 2 boys were keen on another strong performance. We were good in patches, but we learnt that this will not always be good enough. UTS were a good side, very underrated going off their ladder position. UTS swarmed us in the key moments, and we were made to chase when the game got to its closing stages. We came home with a wet sail, kicking 6 last quarter goals. But it wasn’t enough. UTS took the result by just 2 points, and we were devastated. Despite the loss, we know where we failed and know where we can improve to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We will come back stronger.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 59 to UTS 61