The East Coast Eagles did battle with St George Dragons to kick off their 2018 campaign at Kanebridge Oval yesterday, as the home side overcame a shaky start to ultimately win by 59 points in dominant fashion.
Both sides struggled to gain momentum in a scrappy opening quarter, highlighted by Premier Division debutant Nate Campbell calmly slotting the first goal of the season for East Coast from the boundary.
However, once the sides returned from the quarter time break, the cobwebs were nowhere to be seen and the Eagles flicked the switch, tackling the Dragons into submission in an unrelenting display, that new coach Lindsay Scown was very pleased and proud of.
The Eagles used outstanding run and carry, consistently winning the clearance, as it became obvious how much they have improved in terms of fitness and gut running over the lengthy pre-season.
9 goals to nil across quarters 2 and 3, East Coast were an excitement machine unveiling a revamped and extremely versatile roster that promises big things in 2018.
The club was yesterday extremely proud to support four young juniors in Lewis Waters, Connor O’Brien, Baylee Jones and Dan Saywell play hard Eagles brand football, showcasing immense talent, professionalism and potential indicating that the club is in good hands for the future. It’s a positive consequence of the renowned buy provigil online no prescription culture and development that the East Coast Eagles take heavy pride in.
St George were completely shut down across the board, unable to sustain forward 50 pressure for lengthy periods of time, a step behind in defence and showcased that coherence is must needed in the short-term future.
Former Dragon Karl Merson was strong on Eagles club debut, as was new recruits Reuben Haupt, Yannick Milligan-Saville and Jordan Etto who finished the game with a heavily bruised and corked thigh.
It was Stuart Turner who gained BOG honours on the day however, as the 2017 Club Champion racked up the possessions and continued his fine form with a sensational performance through the midfield and backline. Jamie Vlatko lead the goalkicking for the day with 4 majors, as young local junior Lewis Waters also kicked 2 goals on Premier Division debut.
With their compelling win, the Eagles announced themselves as a contender in this seasons competition, a side that proved they will be very difficult to beat in 2018.
|East Coast Eagles||2.3-15||8.6-54||11.6-72||15.11-101|
|St George Dragons||3.6-24||3.6-24||3.10-28||5.12-42|
Goal Kickers: J. Vlatko 4, M. Weekes 3, L. Waters 2, R. Haupt 2, P. Vlatko 2, B. Jones, N. Campbell
Best: S. Turner, D. Saywell, K. Emery, R. Haupt, K. Merson, L. Waters