Talk about a bounce back.
Sometimes in footy, you go through a dip in form and it is up to senior players to lead from the front and get the side back on track.
According to Coach Damien Truslove, we saw this happen on the weekend, as our Eagles Men’s Premier Division team recorded their first win of Season 2020, blitzing Camden on their own home turf at Fairfax Oval.
Our old heads really stood up in response to a disappointing opening fortnight, knowing anything less than a strong win against the Cats would be a disaster. There could be no better occasion for the lads to hit back, with the side celebrating club legend Ben Bourke’s 150th First Grade game for the club.
Joining the club as a young man over a decade ago, Bourke has played in many great sides over the years, winning 4 Premierships as he became well known as one of the best and toughest backman in all of Sydney AFL. A former captain of the club, Bourke celebrated the milestone in style, turning in a true tradesman like performance.
We kicked off the game well, bringing plenty of heat from the word go. Camden could hardly get a roll on, such was the tackling pressure coming from East Coast. The Eagles needed to turn momentum into scoreboard pressure, and they certainly achieved this in a big way, kicking 5 goals in the first term to lead by 21 points at Quarter-Time.
In the second quarter, it was now or never for Camden. They needed to respond quick or else the Eagles ambush would continue. Luckily for us, we kept our feet right down on the gas and turned up the heat even more so. Camden had no answers, we were just too quick, and too skillful on this day. A score of 47-0 in the second term, gave the Eagles a 81-13 lead at Half-Time.
The second half of the game would not decide who won the match, but rather by how much East Coast would win by. In a pleasing effort, East Coast’s attack on the footy continued to be strong, as was their ball movement going forward. Calmness and patience returned to their game style in Round 3, something we seemed to lack in the opening rounds. We just seemed in control all day.
As the day grew old, and the sky turned dark, our key forwards hit the scoresheets we great superiority. Josh Cutting ended with 5 majors, whilst Bailey Stewart kicked 4 in a positive return from injury.
Winning by 72 points is always fun, but the most exciting thing to see was how well we kept to our game plan and played our way. We went on the road, and took it to an opposition side on their own deck, winning with style. Karl Merson put together a second consecutive BOG performance for East Coast, while debutant Angus Edwards must be congratulated on a stirring first game, laying some brutal tackles and kicking a well earnt goal. This kid is going places ladies and gentleman. Remember The Name.
We break our duck for the year, but we must by no means get complacent. Inner Wests next week will be a tough game away from home once again, but the challenge still remains must-win.
|East Coast Eagles||5.4-34||12.9-81||13.13-91||17.17-119|
Best Players: K. Veerhuis, T. Georgiou, D. Stalker, Z. Zafosnik, N. Woolley, S. Rooke
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: K. Merson, B. Stewart, K. Spencer, A. Drinkwater, B. Jones, Z. Johns
|1||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||3||3||0||0||397||96||413.54||12|
|2||North Shore Bombers||3||3||0||0||296||114||259.65||12|
|3||UTS Australian Football Club||3||2||1||0||303||205||147.80||8|
|4||Pennant Hills Demons||3||2||1||0||209||179||116.76||8|
|5||Inner West Magpies||3||1||1||1||163||217||75.12||6|
|6||Manly Warringah Wolves||3||1||2||0||195||196||99.49||4|
|7||East Coast Eagles||3||1||2||0||189||194||97.42||4|
|8||St George Dragons||3||1||2||0||153||217||70.51||4|