After the Queens Birthday long weekend, the Sydney AFL was ready to rock’n’roll once again, and our Mens Prems side were feeling refreshed and excited heading into the second half of the season.
Our opposition for this game was Camden, a side who have yet to post a win this season, but a side who no matter their form-line always look to bring a tough fight on gameday. With our previous matchup against Camden in Round 3 being our only win thus far this season, we definitely backed ourselves to pick up the victory in this one as well.
In addition, this game had plenty of meaning for our side, with two very important player milestones being celebrated. Tommy Zdrillic was playing his 100th game, whilst club veteran (feels weird calling him that) Aaron Drinkwater playing his 150th game for the club. Drinky has been the measuring stick at our club for years now, a fine leader and passionate player that our group looks up to. Both blokes put their head over the footy and live our club values each and every weekend, so congrats on the milestones boys.
We sought to play the match on our terms early, kicking with the wind. We went forward plenty of times in this period, winning 10 Inside 50s, off the back of some good run from our defenders and on-ballers. Nathan Coxall slotted the first goal of the game with a cheeky right foot banana, in a highlight of the first quarter, which ended with us 13 points in front.
Coach Damien Truslove was pleased with our start but concedes the second quarter was very disappointing “we lost the hunt far too often, and conceded too many uncontested marks”. This allowed Camden to seize momentum, and as the confidence team they are, it was very hard to stop them. Camden were flying in the second quarter, blowing us away with 5 goals to nil.
We had to bounce back, trailing by 18 points.
Luckily, we did hit back both in the stoppage contests and on the scoreboard. This lifted our energy, and we let it show, kicking 6 goals to nil. 19 points in front at 3QT, but we could not afford to switch off.
The last quarter was a tough challenge, as Camden were kicking with the wind, which would be a big factor in the result. However, we combated this fantastically, hitting the scoreboard with strong significance once again, closing out the game to win by 35 points. This effort was made all the more impressive considering we had no rotations due to more injuries, in the last quarter.
Bailey Stewart was impressive with 4 goals, but some of our younger stars in Kyle Spencer, Ethan Grace and Jayden Rapley were especially good in this game.
Youngsters Cam Wood badly hurt his nose in a moment of friendly fire with a teammate, whilst key defender Corey Dowle broke his collarbone in a nasty incident early on.
This was not a pretty win at all times, but it is a result we will take in our strides. We had better get used to the wind as well, as we face Manly at the always tough to play at Weldon Oval next weekend. We need a strong training week in preparation to get ourselves ready.
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: B. Clark, C. Wilson, K. Spencer, N. Coxall, T. Zdrilic, E. Grace
Best Players: T. Georgiou, K. Veerhuis, D. Stalker, D. Thomas, K. Evans, W. Gamble
|1||North Shore Bombers||10||10||0||0||964||361||267.04||40|
|2||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||10||9||1||0||1101||379||290.50||36|
|4||St George Dragons||10||6||4||0||915||650||140.77||24|
|5||Pennant Hills Demons||10||6||4||0||755||658||114.74||24|
|6||Inner West Magpies||10||4||5||1||690||765||90.20||18|
|7||UTS Australian Football Club||10||4||6||0||645||838||76.97||16|
|8||East Coast Eagles||10||2||8||0||544||784||69.39||8|
|9||Manly Warringah Wolves||10||2||8||0||486||875||55.54||8|