Magpies Do The Double In Battle Of The Birds

There is always so much excitement in the air, when the EAGALS take the field.

With East Coast boasting both their women’s sides in Grand Finals last year, the EAGALS culture is becoming a thriving brand which expects success. However, our Premier Division team suffered a setback this past Saturday, falling to a resurgent Inner West Magpies side.

In what is a tremendous turnaround from the Wests Women, they really imposed themselves on a competition benchmark, carving up in the second half, which left East Coast with no answers. What makes this result even more head-turning, is not just the fact that the Magpies finished second last in 2019, but also because the combined score of their three fixtures last season was 325-13 in favour of the EAGALS.

It seems apparent that Inner West are not here to make up the numbers in 2020.

East Coast started strong early, with Melbourne Demons AFLW rookie Brenna Tarrant picking up where she left on in her beloved East Coast jumper, kicking an early goal. However, the EAGALS quickly learnt they were not going to have it all their own way on this day. After a back and forth first quarter, the second term became crucial, as the Magpies took control of the momentum.

Fatigue really set in during the third quarter for the East Coast side, as the result started to get away from them, once again being kept scoreless for an entire quarter. Wests used the width of Picken Oval with damaging effect, and with their ruthless attack on the footy, it was difficult for the EAGALS to get back in the contest.

A more composed final term followed, yet still it proved challenging for East Coast to gain too much advantage against a tough Inner West defensive structure.

Going down by a 48 point margin, the largest defeat the East Coast Premier Division women have suffered in their short history, this is a result which can definitely be used as an opportunity to highlight areas of improvement.

Not only this, but it’s a wakeup call that all good footy sides need from time to time, and now our EAGALS know that season 2020 is a completely different compared to last year.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Inner West Magpies 2.3-15 4.6-30 8.7-55 11.8-74
East Coast Eagles 3.1-19 3.1-19 3.1-19 4.2-26
Inner West Magpies
Goal Kickers: G. Behan 5, E. Sheerin, M. Ekman, E. Todd, M. Convery, C. Fitzharris, T. Rantall
Best Players: E. Todd, G. Behan, M. Freckelton, L. Kassem, E. Sheerin, M. Convery
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: E. Wilson 2, B. Tarrant 2
Best Players: G. Garnett, T. Davies, M. Ferguson, B. Tarrant, A. Dallaway, K. Bolster
Women’s Premier Division Ladder after Round 1
1 Southern Power 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 87 8 1087.50
2 UTS Australian Football Club 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 11 381.82 100.00
3 Manly Warringah Wolves 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 55 19 289.47 100.00
4 Inner West Magpies 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 74 26 284.62 100.00
5 Sydney University 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 47 33 142.42 100.00
6 Pennant Hills Demons 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 33 47 70.21 0.00
7 East Coast Eagles 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 26 74 35.14 0.00
8 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 11 42 26.19 0.00
9 Macquarie University 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 87 9.20 0.00