Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Fight Hard But Cannot Beat Sydney Uni
This was always going to be a tough day. Sydney Uni are a club stacked for talent, and with a Reserves side that boasted numerous former Premier Division and or NEAFL players, we were up against it from the get go. Our method was simple: ugly football. We knew this game would be a slog, so our game plan focused on outnumbering and forcing Sydney Uni into mistakes with pressure. Our first quarter displayed this brilliantly, with our boys fighting tooth and nail to win the footy and not allow Uni to get a roll on, only down by 10 points at Quarter-Time. Such was the intensity of this period however, that we seemed to run out of energy soon after, as Uni took full advantage, putting their foot down on the contest to kick 8 goals to nil. 60-0 at Half-Time and there was no way back. Uni were silky by foot and quick by hands, we never gave up, and we played with a ton of heart, but it was to no avail. No one could fault our effort, it was there for all to see and it is something we are proud of. Sydney Uni were just a better side. Shoutouts to Scott Waterhouse, Ryan Van Vliet and Calum Sproull who were in our Top 3 BOG.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 0.3.3 to USYD 16.10.106
Women’s Division One – 5 On The Trot For Our Div 1 Ladies
Round 9 was Ladies Day at Kanebridge Oval, and it was our Div 1 women’s side tasked with kicking the day off, facing Newtown. We are on a roll in Div 1, winning four in a row and we were keen to make that five, but Newtown weren’t going to make it easy for us. We played a tough brand of footy, body-lining the ball with every intention of winning the contest, and this gave us a slim 7-point lead at Quarter-Time. For the remainder of the game, our inaccurate goal-kicking really let us down, and almost allowed Newtown back into the contest. We were the superior team, but plenty of wins have gone begging in footy history on account of poor shots on goal. However, we got away with it, as our repeat Inside 50s were too much for the opposition. They could not penetrate our backline wall enough times to threaten the result, and we snuck away with an 11 point win. 5 on the trot, you beauty. Ladies Day was off to a banging start. Casey Haydon kicked 2 goals, whilst Paris Mooney, Nellie McMillan and Elyse Fifield kept their strong form up to lead our EAGALS to victory.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 5.13.43 to NB 5.2.32
Under 19’s Division One – Eagles Lose In The Most Heartbreaking Way In 1-Point Thriller
What a rollercoaster. Two young sides in our Eagles U19s and Sydney Uni U19s did battle under lights at Kanebridge Oval, in a contest which threatened to steal the show on Ladies Day. After last weeks incredible win against Pennant Hills, our boys were keen as mustard to go again against Uni, and we showed it from the first bounce, taking a 6 point lead into Quarter-Time. We out muscled and out enthused our opponents in key areas, as this game developed into another absolute nailbiter. Uni fought back to regain a 1 point lead at Half-Time, but we responded with a fiery and impassioned Premiership Quarter, kicking 2 goals to their zero to take an 8 point advantage into the final stages. The last quarter was back and forth, with the momentum falling either way by the second. Uni had more scoring shots in this quarter, and it would be this slightly greater pressure that would be our downfall. We conceded an unlucky free-kick in the dying stages, with Uni converting the goal and winning by a single, solitary point. We were crushed, but we showed we can match it with the best. Expect a big second-half of the season for our young fellas. Bailey Beattie impressed with 2 goals, whilst Kyle Spencer and Jamie Murphy stood up in the big moments.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.4.52 to USYD 7.11.53
Women’s Division Four – Sydney Uni Blitz Our EAGALS To Ruin Ladies Day
We were flying before our bye last month, but ever since our Div 4 EAGALS have come head-to-head with the best sides in the competition, and they have been just too good for us. This trend continued, as we faced a turbo-charged Sydney Uni side who were intent on taking the game away from us straight away. At Quarter-Time we were down by 33 points, as Uni were at the top of their game. We were not going to lie down and cop it however, and we came back hard. We refused to be embarrassed on Ladies Day. We matched it with Uni in the second quarter, in fact winning the quarter thanks to goal sneak Dominique Pigott booting our first goal of the game. Unfortunately, this would be our only major of the contest, however our defence was strong in the second-half, limiting Uni’s opportunities on goal. They ambushed us, and we were not expecting it, so this game of two halves went the way of Uni, who won the game by 47 points in the end. Julianna Newton, Angelica Kamperos and Candy Li had good games, adding to their strong form in the first half of the season son far. They got us this time, but you can bet we will look to ambush them just as hard next time.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 1.2.8 to USYD 8.7.55
Men’s Division Two – St George Defend Their Turf And Defeat Eagles
Our greatest mantra in Div 2 this season has been to Protect The Nest. We do not lose at home. As it turns out, it seems St George have a similar approach, as they went to another level on their home turf at Olds Park. We played these blokes in Round 1, defeating them in a strong performance. Perhaps we went in complacent, or St George were just up for the game, because unfortunately they wanted the ball a lot more than we did. It was dewey, and it was early in the morning, but this was no excuse. We were just way off our game. St George turned a 12 point Quarter-Time lead into a 29 point Half-Time lead, and it was their game for the taking. Our second half was much improved, but we were made to pay for a slow start, as the margin was just too hard to claw back. The Dragons deserved to win as they enjoyed a 36 point victory. Alex Colli, Cam Veerhuis and Justin Harding played well once again, as these three are proof of our turnaround in Div 2 this season. We are now 6-3, but keen to make up for our disappointing performance, next round against Sydney Uni.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.8.26 to STGD 9.8.62