East Coast Eagles vs Pennant Hills Demons is one of the Sydney AFL’s longest, and fiercest rivalries, stretching back decades. No matter when and where these two sides meet, in whatever grade, it is a battle between two clubs that have a profound dislike for each other.
Approaching the Round 8 game at Mike Kenny Oval, both Premier Division sides were out of form results wise, with our boys still stuck on 1 win for the season, and Penno experiencing somewhat of a form slump.
Whichever team could bounce back and bring the fight for four quarters, would be best shaped to win this game.
Bring On Penno, we hate em. They hate us. Both sides were keen and ready.
We started the game well, as has been customary for us lately, once again dominant at the stoppages. Our big bodied midfielders Aaron Drinkwater and Bailey Stewart were working well with Ruckman Stephen O’Connor, who again gave our middies first look at the footy. Coach Damien Truslove was pleased with the first-half performance, happy that we carried positive momentum into Half-Time.
Both sides were rather inaccurate in front of goal in the first half, however we were able to lead by 5 points. We could tick the first half off. 2 quarters down, 2 to go. We had to continue the fight and not switch off.
Penno were hungry coming out of the blocks in the 3rd quarter, and they completely took over proceedings from this point on. According to Truslove “Our 3rd quarter was extremely disappointing, lacking enough run and fight, and we were totally outplayed”. We struggled to remain competitive in this period, as Penno proved why they call the 3rd quarter the Premiership quarter. The Demons led by 34 points at 3QT, and had everything going their way.
There was no way back, as Penno put together another 5 goal quarter to finish the game and turn the margin into a 62 point win over our boys. We had no answers.
This truly was a game of two halves.
As Truslove said post-game, “we need to hit the track with strong intent to improve this week”. Coming into a game against 3rd place Sydney Uni, Truslove’s comments could not be more accurate.
This game presented more injury concerns for us, with luckless winger Dean Costello suffering another soft tissue injury, and key backman Nick Johns breaking his wrist very early in the game.
Youngster Ethan Grace was fantastic in a beaten side, kicking 3 goals on the run, as Bailey Stewart, Cam Wood and Andrew Browning were also amongst the best.
We need to lift.
Pennant Hills Demons
Best Players: J. Peatling, B. Matthews, J. Moran, C. Lee, J. Potter, B. Hunt
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: B. Stewart, E. Grace, C. Wood, A. Drinkwater, T. Zdrilic, A. Edwards
|1||North Shore Bombers||8||8||0||0||748||329||227.36||32|
|2||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||8||7||1||0||906||340||266.47||28|
|4||Pennant Hills Demons||8||5||3||0||624||503||124.06||20|
|5||St George Dragons||8||4||4||0||707||574||123.17||16|
|6||UTS Australian Football Club||8||4||4||0||589||681||86.49||16|
|7||Inner West Magpies||8||3||4||1||560||622||90.03||14|
|8||Manly Warringah Wolves||8||2||6||0||426||655||65.04||8|
|9||East Coast Eagles||8||1||7||0||405||631||64.18||4|