Eagles Around The Grounds Round 9

Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Win Big As Ressies Send UTS Packing

Despite falling out of finals contention, the Magoos were on a mission to finish the season on a strong note. With plenty to play for, including Josh Duncan playing his final game of footy before hanging up the boots, East Coast were not willing to slip up against a winless UTS. It was a Duncan showcase throughout much of the game, with Josh playing down forward contributing 4.8 on the scoreboard, and younger brother Aaron producing elite run and service out of the midfield whilst kicking 3 goals himself. With victory looking like a formality after not even a quarter, the Eagles enjoyed themselves by experimenting with the footy and developing some silky passages in attack. Leading by 66 at half-time, there was a chance to really put on a score late, and with seven goals in the final term the Magoos crunched their opponents, winning by 113 points. Finally, in one of the moments of the year, key defender Nick Johns kicked his first goal of 2020, with the last kick of the day. A truly great way to finish a much improved Magoos season.

FINAL SCORE: ECE 18.18.126 to UTS 1.7.13

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Under 19’s Division 1 – BYE

Our Under 19’s side had the bye in Round 9, however, with a victory over Pennant Hills on Back to Baulko day last week they had qualified for finals. Finishing 5th, we will face Manly in a grudge match at Henson Park this Saturday at 9am.

Women’s Division One – EAGALS Stay In Fight Early But Go Down Swinging Against Saints

Coming up against a strong Randwick City Saints side to close out 2020, you would not be in the minority for thinking our EAGALS might have another slow start in the first quarter. However, it was the complete opposite, with our EAGALS playing one of their best quarters of the season, shutting the Saints completely out in the first term. We added a goal early through Casey Haydon, and our trademark ferocity at the footy had us set for an upset victory. Randwick countered hard in the second quarter, adjusting their strategy to work around our battle hardened defensive structures, finding numerous avenues on goal to lead by 10 at half-time. The Saints continued to press, and we could not keep with them, with Randwick showing why they will be a dangerous side in the finals, eventually winning by 36 points. Not the result we wanted, but it capped off a fantastic season for the EAGALS, as Damon Steer’s side competed tremendously well in a higher division. We were very proud each and every week of our EAGALS and can’t wait to see what they offer in 2021.

FINAL SCORE: RSC 6.8.44 to ECE 1.2.8

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Men’s Division Two – Bombers Rack Up A Score Against Eagles

Backing up from a long Back to Baulko day last week was going too be difficult for East Coast. They put everything into knocking off Penno to give themselves a sniff at playing finals footy. Alas, it wasn’t to be and with very little energy in the tank, matching up against the red hot North Shore Bombers was always going to be a tall task. We competed well early, restricting North Shore to three goals, however the floodgates opened from there. We never took a backwards step or let our opponents run freely, but North Shore were the clear better side. Piling 8 goals to nil on in the second quarter was enough to solidify the win, and they continued their form throughout the second half. East Coast kicked their lone goal in the third term through Matt Hall, but it was tough goings down forward in a 127 point loss. Skippers Jake Mindham and Stephen Tumminello was typically classy and always tough to play against in real highlights. That wraps up another season in Div 2, one which has been a gigantic step forward compared to previous season. We have a clear vision going forward, and will continue to improve as we look to secure a finals spot in 2021.

FINAL SCORE: NSB 20.14.134 to ECE 1.1.7

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Will Cashmore