To play finals footy, the best sides don’t drop games they should win.
This clash against Camden was just that for the Eagles, and it was a task they passed with flying colours.
The East Coast Eagles continue their love affair with the Top 5 fringe, slotting back into 5th spot with a crucial 26 point victory against a gallant but feisty Camden Cats outfit at Kanebridge Oval in Round 12, 8.16.64 to 5.8.38.
After losing gun midfielder Brandon Clark to an obscure burst eardrum in the early stages of the opening quarter, veteran bearded Ruck-man Andrew ‘AB’ Browning played his best game of 2018, dominating Camden’s centre.
Easily on top in the first half, tripling the Cats’ shots on goal during this time, the Eagles’ form stalled somewhat in the Premiership quarter, yet still taking a 22 point lead into the final quarter.
However, Camden were lacking a killer blow or player to challenge a response from East Coast in the dying stages, ultimately succumbing to the crumbling defensive pressure of the Eagles back-line which has made their ‘CAGE’ so fearsome in the past months.
The challenge is and will continue to be for the Eagles to keep playing consistent footy and pick up some important victories against sides above them on the ladder, beginning next week with a grand contest against Manly Warringah again at Kanebridge.
|East Coast Eagles||3.4-22||6.9-45||7.11-53||8.16-64|
Best Players: A. Browning, A. Drinkwater, K. Emery, D. Costello, K. Merson
Best Players: K. Veerhuis, M. Edwards, N. Kenny, J. Bottin-Noonan, M. Sapiatzer, D. Leary
|1||North Shore Bombers||12||10||2||0||1260||768||164.06||40|
|2||Manly Warringah Wolves||12||8||4||0||996||730||136.44||32|
|3||Pennant Hills Demons||12||8||4||0||1069||813||131.49||32|
|4||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||12||8||4||0||925||738||125.34||32|
|5||East Coast Eagles||12||7||5||0||833||740||112.57||28|
|8||St George Dragons||12||4||8||0||732||1121||65.30||16|
|10||Western Suburbs Magpies||12||2||10||0||668||1288||51.86||8|