Will someone please step up to the plate?!??!!?
At the current stages it is business as usual and a rinse and repeat kind of season for our Prems EAGALS, as we added yet another win to our perfect record, which now sits at 9-0.
And there could not have been a better day to do it on, than Ladies Day.
It was expected to be a tough test for us, seeing as Sydney Uni are always a tricky opponent no matter what grade you’re playing in. No matter who pulls on the USYD jersey, you know they’ve come to play, and we expected nothing less.
Thus, we intended to gain an early advantage by applying scoreboard. Once again, we hit our mark and achieved exactly what we set out to do. Our first quarter was dominant, with Uni really struggling to get into the game. We were on from the word go and it showed, as we kicked our 4 first quarter goals inside the opening 10 minutes. Uni did add one goal in the first term, but that was all they were going to get for the entire match. We led by 18 at Quarter-Time.
According to Coach Ash Moeller, the rest of the match was a grind, due to our lack of poise in front of goal leading to many behinds, but also Uni’s increased pressure. We kicked 7 behinds but no goals in the second quarter, a result that we will aim to fix in coming weeks, as we know that against a stronger side we will likely be made to pay for such inaccuracies. In saying that, our defense was faultless, as Uni had no way back into the contest. Our 25 point lead could of been doubled, and it felt like that. Ladies Day was our day.
The second half saw much of the same for both sides.
More behinds than goals for our EAGALS, and Uni whilst keeping the pressure on our time and space with the footy, were unable to find any sort of offensive resolve. We led by 35 at 3QT, extending this to 41 by Full-Time, as we were the deserved and dominant winners.
Tarni Evans was on fire in this game, her skills and pace a level above her opposition, as she was a clear best on ground with her 3 goals a real highlight. Ally Dallaway was strong once again, whilst Georgia Garnett proved hard to stop wherever she went, killing it in defence, up front and through the midfield.
9-0 and we haven’t looked back since the start of the season, I really do not know who will stop us.
After the long-weekend break it will be fascinating to see how we comeback, and who will challenge us. There will be plenty of teams out there determined to beat the streak, but it is up to our EAGALS to continue fending them off and remain perfect.
Cannot wait to see how this unfolds.
|East Coast Eagles||4.1-25||4.8-32||5.13-43||6.13-49|
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: T. Evans, G. Garnett, A. Dallaway, J. Swabey, R. Tomkins, A. Barton
Best Players: L. Stephenson, C. Reeve, R. Kenny, I. Gray, C. Lawton, L. Coleman
|1||East Coast Eagles||9||9||0||0||643||155||414.84||36|
|2||Manly Warringah Wolves||9||8||1||0||599||206||290.78||32|
|3||Inner West Magpies||9||6||3||0||492||250||196.80||24|
|5||North Shore Bombers||9||6||3||0||349||287||121.60||24|
|6||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||9||4||5||0||217||520||41.73||16|
|8||UTS Australian Football Club||9||2||7||0||233||533||43.71||8|
|9||Pennant Hills Demons||9||1||8||0||274||440||62.27||4|
After last weeks performance, which saw us fall off a cliff against Pennant Hills in the second half, we were after a much improved showing. Adding to the challenge was that our opponents were Sydney Uni, who are flying at the moment.
All week at training we had talked about playing with pride in the jersey. With this game being back at our Kanebridge Oval Nest, and on a day where we celebrated the 10-Year reunion of our 2009-2011 Premiership teams, there was no better oppourtunity to show what we were made of.
We started the game positively, gaining plenty of good Inside 50 entries, but we could not hit the scoreboard. Our opponents had no such bad luck, as Uni kicked 5 goals to command a 32 point lead at Quarter-Time, but we did not drop our heads. Uni are a side that are hard to play against in the stoppages, an area we have excelled in recently, and their transition footy was extremely tough to combat all over the ground.
Our next three quarters were a great response however.
As Coach Damien Truslove said “For the remaining three quarters, our ball movement stuck to the game plan, and as a result we match them around the ground”. Truslove was impressed and he had good reason to be, as we began our journey to get back into the game.
We kicked three second quarter goals, but still found ourselves behind by 39 points at half-time. However, I think its fair to say that the scoreboard did not reflect the contest.
Our second half was strong, bringing a revamped attitude out of the sheds to really take it to our polished opposition. We played with plenty of grunt and hunger at the footy, and Uni did not like it. We were extremely competitive, but just a bit too far behind to get ourselves back in a realistically winnable situation.
Nonetheless, we our proud of our efforts and will take a ton of positives into the next game. We went down by 51 but that wasn’t the story here for us. The story is that we proved that we can be competitive with top teams for long periods of games.
We’ve shown this, and we will look to replicate this as we attack the second half of the season after the long weekend bye.
Alex Foxall had a super game in the Ruck as Best On Ground, and Bailey Stewart cemented himself as an early BnF favourite with another great performance. Tommy Zdrillic was also on fire up front, kicking 4 goals in a breakout game.
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: A. Foxall, T. Zdrilic, B. Stewart, B. Clark, W. Mitchell , D. Costello
Best Players: L. Stevenson, A. Day, N. Tsindos, J. Dimery, A. Clarke, I. Hughes
|1||North Shore Bombers||9||9||0||0||894||344||259.88||36|
|2||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||9||8||1||0||1028||349||294.56||32|
|4||Pennant Hills Demons||9||6||3||0||711||543||130.94||24|
|5||St George Dragons||9||5||4||0||800||606||132.01||20|
|6||UTS Australian Football Club||9||4||5||0||628||768||81.77||16|
|7||Inner West Magpies||9||3||5||1||592||715||82.80||14|
|8||Manly Warringah Wolves||9||2||7||0||436||777||56.11||8|
|9||East Coast Eagles||9||1||8||0||457||732||62.43||4|
Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Fight Hard But Cannot Beat Sydney Uni
This was always going to be a tough day. Sydney Uni are a club stacked for talent, and with a Reserves side that boasted numerous former Premier Division and or NEAFL players, we were up against it from the get go. Our method was simple: ugly football. We knew this game would be a slog, so our game plan focused on outnumbering and forcing Sydney Uni into mistakes with pressure. Our first quarter displayed this brilliantly, with our boys fighting tooth and nail to win the footy and not allow Uni to get a roll on, only down by 10 points at Quarter-Time. Such was the intensity of this period however, that we seemed to run out of energy soon after, as Uni took full advantage, putting their foot down on the contest to kick 8 goals to nil. 60-0 at Half-Time and there was no way back. Uni were silky by foot and quick by hands, we never gave up, and we played with a ton of heart, but it was to no avail. No one could fault our effort, it was there for all to see and it is something we are proud of. Sydney Uni were just a better side. Shoutouts to Scott Waterhouse, Ryan Van Vliet and Calum Sproull who were in our Top 3 BOG.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 0.3.3 to USYD 16.10.106
Women’s Division One – 5 On The Trot For Our Div 1 Ladies
Round 9 was Ladies Day at Kanebridge Oval, and it was our Div 1 women’s side tasked with kicking the day off, facing Newtown. We are on a roll in Div 1, winning four in a row and we were keen to make that five, but Newtown weren’t going to make it easy for us. We played a tough brand of footy, body-lining the ball with every intention of winning the contest, and this gave us a slim 7-point lead at Quarter-Time. For the remainder of the game, our inaccurate goal-kicking really let us down, and almost allowed Newtown back into the contest. We were the superior team, but plenty of wins have gone begging in footy history on account of poor shots on goal. However, we got away with it, as our repeat Inside 50s were too much for the opposition. They could not penetrate our backline wall enough times to threaten the result, and we snuck away with an 11 point win. 5 on the trot, you beauty. Ladies Day was off to a banging start. Casey Haydon kicked 2 goals, whilst Paris Mooney, Nellie McMillan and Elyse Fifield kept their strong form up to lead our EAGALS to victory.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 5.13.43 to NB 5.2.32
Under 19’s Division One – Eagles Lose In The Most Heartbreaking Way In 1-Point Thriller
What a rollercoaster. Two young sides in our Eagles U19s and Sydney Uni U19s did battle under lights at Kanebridge Oval, in a contest which threatened to steal the show on Ladies Day. After last weeks incredible win against Pennant Hills, our boys were keen as mustard to go again against Uni, and we showed it from the first bounce, taking a 6 point lead into Quarter-Time. We out muscled and out enthused our opponents in key areas, as this game developed into another absolute nailbiter. Uni fought back to regain a 1 point lead at Half-Time, but we responded with a fiery and impassioned Premiership Quarter, kicking 2 goals to their zero to take an 8 point advantage into the final stages. The last quarter was back and forth, with the momentum falling either way by the second. Uni had more scoring shots in this quarter, and it would be this slightly greater pressure that would be our downfall. We conceded an unlucky free-kick in the dying stages, with Uni converting the goal and winning by a single, solitary point. We were crushed, but we showed we can match it with the best. Expect a big second-half of the season for our young fellas. Bailey Beattie impressed with 2 goals, whilst Kyle Spencer and Jamie Murphy stood up in the big moments.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.4.52 to USYD 7.11.53
Women’s Division Four – Sydney Uni Blitz Our EAGALS To Ruin Ladies Day
We were flying before our bye last month, but ever since our Div 4 EAGALS have come head-to-head with the best sides in the competition, and they have been just too good for us. This trend continued, as we faced a turbo-charged Sydney Uni side who were intent on taking the game away from us straight away. At Quarter-Time we were down by 33 points, as Uni were at the top of their game. We were not going to lie down and cop it however, and we came back hard. We refused to be embarrassed on Ladies Day. We matched it with Uni in the second quarter, in fact winning the quarter thanks to goal sneak Dominique Pigott booting our first goal of the game. Unfortunately, this would be our only major of the contest, however our defence was strong in the second-half, limiting Uni’s opportunities on goal. They ambushed us, and we were not expecting it, so this game of two halves went the way of Uni, who won the game by 47 points in the end. Julianna Newton, Angelica Kamperos and Candy Li had good games, adding to their strong form in the first half of the season son far. They got us this time, but you can bet we will look to ambush them just as hard next time.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 1.2.8 to USYD 8.7.55
Men’s Division Two – St George Defend Their Turf And Defeat Eagles
Our greatest mantra in Div 2 this season has been to Protect The Nest. We do not lose at home. As it turns out, it seems St George have a similar approach, as they went to another level on their home turf at Olds Park. We played these blokes in Round 1, defeating them in a strong performance. Perhaps we went in complacent, or St George were just up for the game, because unfortunately they wanted the ball a lot more than we did. It was dewey, and it was early in the morning, but this was no excuse. We were just way off our game. St George turned a 12 point Quarter-Time lead into a 29 point Half-Time lead, and it was their game for the taking. Our second half was much improved, but we were made to pay for a slow start, as the margin was just too hard to claw back. The Dragons deserved to win as they enjoyed a 36 point victory. Alex Colli, Cam Veerhuis and Justin Harding played well once again, as these three are proof of our turnaround in Div 2 this season. We are now 6-3, but keen to make up for our disappointing performance, next round against Sydney Uni.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.8.26 to STGD 9.8.62
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|
There are two very special dates every East Coast side circles on the calendar each year. Of course, I am talking about the match-ups against our arch rivals Pennnat Hills Demons.
Whilst the annual Back-2-Baulko fiesta will take place later this year, this past weekend saw the two clubs first meeting of the season, on Penno’s home turf at Mike Kenny Oval in Cherrybrook.
The Demons have been struggling in the Women’s Premier Division competition, whilst we have been rolling. We were undefeated going into the contest, whereas Penno had only managed one victory. Thus, the stats would show this should have been an easy victory for us.
As is typical at Mike Kenny Oval, there was plenty of wind around. I don’t know about you, but I would rather play in pelting rain, compared to swirling wind, such is the frustration of windy conditions. The weather was almost certainly going to play a big role in the outcome of the game.
This was a Topsy-turvy game all things considered, as both sides lead at different times of the game, with Penno gaining the scoreboard advantage after a scrappy first-quarter, as they lead by 6 points. Perhaps, we underrated our opponents going into the game, or we were just not playing to our high standards. Either way, we had to acknowledge Penno had lifted for this local derby, and we had to follow suit.
That we did, as we quickly regained the lead once we kicked towards the end favoured by the wind. We gained the overwhelming momentum in the second quarter, enjoying a 20 point lead at Half-Time. Our EAGALS used their superior pace and skill to really get on top of the contest.
Penno came back firing in the 3rd quarter, not laying down at all, kicking 3 goals to 1, narrowing the margin to 8 points. They were truly giving it everything they had against us, the competition heavyweights.
We needed to respond in the final term, to close out a victory.
In the end, we should of won by more, kicking 1.5 in the last quarter, but after such a scrappy game we didn’t mind too much. Penno couldn’t trouble to scoreboard kicking against the wind in the last, as we won by a 19 point margin.
Coach Ash Moeller maintained that this was not our best game, playing “nowhere near our best footy”, but you need to lock these wins away sometimes. A win is a win after all.
In saying that, after a ton of easier wins this season, it was good for our EAGALS to be challenged like this, with our resolve shining through to comeback and get the win. This result also adds to our unbeaten run to start 2021, which now sits at 8-0.
Renee Tomkins was tremendous playing a pinch-hitting Ruck role, with our usual Rucks Em Hurley and Abbey Martin out. Rylee McGartland added 3 more goals to her season tally. Also with strong performances was the skillful Tarni Evans kicking a goal, as did dynamic forwards Georgie Fowler and Maddi Finch. Caiti Rogers was also in fine form, in her milestone 50th game. Congrats Caiti!
With Ladies Day next week, you can bet our EAGALS will be pumped to go 9-0 against Sydney Uni.
Watch This Space.
Pennant Hills Demons
Best Players: H. Lowe, A. Wade, B. Wade, K. Quinlan, N. Pajor, T. Duguid
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: R. Tomkins, M. Ferguson, A. Barton, N. Gray, S. Hall, C. Rogers
|1||East Coast Eagles||8||8||0||0||594||147||404.08||32|
|2||Manly Warringah Wolves||8||7||1||0||482||199||242.21||28|
|4||Inner West Magpies||8||5||3||0||446||206||216.50||20|
|5||North Shore Bombers||8||5||3||0||323||264||122.35||20|
|6||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||8||4||4||0||210||403||52.11||16|
|8||Pennant Hills Demons||8||1||7||0||245||393||62.34||4|
|9||UTS Australian Football Club||8||1||7||0||186||504||36.90||4|
Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Outplayed By Ferocious Demons
There are some days in footy, when the ball just does not bounce your way, and the gods aren’t on your side. Round 8 was one of those days for our Magoos. Coming up against a tough and gritty Pennant Hills Demons side at their home ground in Cherrybrook, the arch rival Demons were pumped for the contest. Unfortunately, we couldn’t match them consistently for four quarters. We were hard at the footy for much of the contest, but created too many turnovers, hindering our ability to do any damage on the scoreboard. Down 38 points at Half-Time, Penno kicked into second gear in the third quarter, extending the margin to 73 points. We won the final term, kicking our only two goals for the game through workhorse Ruckman Alex Foxall, and enigmatic forward Alex Ross, however Penno were comfotrbale winners on the day.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 2.9.21 to PHD 12.12.84
Women’s Division One – EAGALS Continue Hot Streak By Crushing Local Rival
Our Div 1 EAGALS have won 4 on the trot now, celebrating their perfect month of footy with a brutal win over Penno. Seriously, how good is beating Penno. Sitting at opposite ends of the table going into the game, East Coast were the heavy favourites to beat the Demons in this match, and it quickly became apparent that Penno would be no match for our EAGALS. We were in cruise control for much of the match, reflecting how dominant we were in every facet of the game. We lead by 18 points at Quarter-Time, and Penno kicked their only goal in the second quarter, but we were in front by 30 at the main break. The carnage continued in the second half, with our EAGALS completely outclassing the arch rival to win by 59 points, in an extremely impressive result for the side. Casey Haydon was remarkable in a BOG performance, kicking 5 goals.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.11.65 to PHD 1.0.6
Under 19’s Division One – East Coast Win Bruising Battle Against Penno
Intense. Tension-Filled. Brutal. Enthralling. These are just some adjectives which can be used to describe the fierce war that took place on Saturday Night between our Eagle U19s and Pennant Hills. These young blokes had plenty of steam to blow off, and boy they didn’t hold back. Both sides needed to win this game, and you could tell by the contest’s ferocity. We led at every quarter break, the largest margin being 20 points at Half-Time. However, Penno came back hard in the 3rd quarter, narrowing the margin to just 3 points. The final quarter was edge of your seat stuff, a showdown for the ages. It was back and forth, neither side giving in, and the hits became more and more physical. When the final siren sounded, our boys were on top by 8 points, thanks to two unbelievable final quarter goals, which brought our supporters to their feet and promptly silenced those of the Penno fans. Celebrating with the loudest team song I have ever witnessed, our Eagle young guns were worthy winners, in a result which hopefully sets up a massive second half of the season for us.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.5.53 to PHD 6.9.45
Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Go Down Against In Form Magpies
As the only East Coast side not playing Penno in Round 8, our Div 4 EAGALS were at home aiming to Protect The Nest against South West Sydney. Although the trouble was, the Magpies are in some brilliant form. We knew this was going to be a hard game for us, and the Magpies really brought the fight from the get go, kicking the only goal of the first half to lead by 6 points at Half-Time. Unfortunately, we could not match them in the Premiership 3rd quarter, as the Magpies took control of the game and applied too much scoreboard pressure to combat. We were unable to convert on our chances in front of goal, kicking only 5 behinds for the match. Not the result we wanted, but we will bounce back and look to return to form next week on Ladies Day at Kanebridge.
FINAL SCORE: SWSM 4.5.29 to ECE 0.5.5
Men’s Division Two – Eagles Into Second Spot After Destroying Pennant Hills
The Div 2 boys got the Main Event slot at Penno this weekend, having to wait until 4pm to do their damage on a Penno outfit which better resembled a bunch of Browns Cows, rather than a footy team. Simply put, we were the far more keen side, and we let it show in our footy, as we were constantly first to the ball and the better team skillfully. This has been our best season to date under Coach Michael Lambert, and the footy his side is playing continues to shine each and every week. We are finally getting the blend right, between youth and experience but also between size and skill. Penno were no match for us, as we keep increasing the margin as the game went on, eventually winning by 59 points. Stalwart Timmy Physick kicked 3 goals, as goal-sneaks Lachlan Jansen and Ben Bridie (No Seriously!) kicked 2 each. Midfield/Half-Back utilities Troy Jones and Alex Colli were again fantastic, as the best on ground for us. We now sit 2nd on the table, hunting down first place with a vengeance.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 13.9.87 to PHD 4.4.28
The theme of the week at East Coast was to enjoy our footy. Whether it was at training or on gameday, enjoying the game we love and being around our mates was the prime focus heading into a matchup against the table topping, undefeated North Shore Bombers.
For our Prems boys, its been a difficult start to the season, with a tall injury list really hurting our ability to gain consistent cohesion through the ranks. Nonetheless, there is no side that we don’t give ourselves a chance against.
North Shore are flying high right now, and no one would have given us a chance outside our quarters to win this game, but that didn’t faze us. We could not wait to face the competition benchmark. It was another important game for us with an 11th debutant Bailey Beattie getting a crack, and he did not look out of place at this level.
Our first quarter was impressive, kicking off the game in fine fashion with strong tackling intent. We all know how North Shore play, they love to get the ball out the back of the contest and penetrate defences through the corridor, but such was the strength of our pressure that they were limited in these opportunities early. We were able to hit up forwards Inside 50 in the first term as well, building a very good start to trail by 10 points at Quarter-Time.
Unfortunately, as has been the case for much of this season, injuries caught us out once again in the 2nd term. We had plenty of sore bodies, which reduced our rotations in the second half, and with fatigue setting in many would have expected North Shore to roll over us. However, we stayed in the fight, winning the stoppage count and keeping the pressure up as the Bombers extended their lead to 19 points at Half-Time.
In the second half, we kicked into many turnovers, and with the speed of North Shore these were extra difficult to defend, leading to a 4 goal to 1 quarter in their favour. No one said this game would be easy, and it was during this period where North Shore proved why they truly our competition heavyweights. We were down by 42 at 3QT.
Once again, against tough odds we showcased our hardened spirit, and were not willing to die easy. We made North Shore earn every inch, and took a ton of positives out of the game. 52 points was the final margin, but the signs are there to prove that this side has a bright future ahead of them. It’s just about putting the pieces together, and with a bit of luck on the injury front I have no doubt we can get there.
Bailey Stewart was again strong as was Karl Merson up forward and through the midfield, but it was young Corey Dowle who had a breakout performance, shutting down Bombers key forward Jamie Vlatko, a man much taller than Dowle, and turning in an all-round back-flank masterclass.
We turn our attentions now to a huge grudge match against arch rivals Pennant Hills Demons this coming weekend.
This one won’t be for the faint hearted.
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: C. Dowle, B. Stewart, K. Merson, A. Edwards, B. Coxall, J. Cutting
North Shore Bombers
Best Players: J. Veale, R. Kilpatrick, J. Rayner, S. Barkley, J. Woodman, M. Crisafulli
|1||North Shore Bombers||7||7||0||0||666||267||249.44||28|
|2||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||7||6||1||0||794||302||262.91||24|
|4||Pennant Hills Demons||7||4||3||0||530||471||112.53||16|
|5||UTS Australian Football Club||7||4||3||0||551||569||96.84||16|
|6||Inner West Magpies||7||3||3||1||498||540||92.22||14|
|7||St George Dragons||7||3||4||0||601||544||110.48||12|
|8||Manly Warringah Wolves||7||2||5||0||396||549||72.13||8|
|9||East Coast Eagles||7||1||6||0||373||537||69.46||4|
That is the big story out of the weekend at East Coast, with our Premier Division EAGALS extending their perfect season record to 7 wins and 0 losses after 7 rounds of footy.
We came up against a strong North Shore Bombers side, a team who were very keen for the challenge and hoping to cause a major boilover. The Bombers are always a tough matchup in any competition, as they typically carry themselves with a winning confidence and attitude. Thus, we knew we could not afford to take this side lightly.
EAGALS Coach Ash Moeller described this contest as a “finals like game”, as there was a different feeling in this one compared to previous rounds. We have beaten sides easily in recent weeks, but this wasn’t the same opposition, we got a real fight out of North Shore. The intensity was through the roof.
The game started on fire for East Coast, with superstar goalkicker Rylee McGartland nailing a Goal Of The Year Contender from the pocket inside the first two minutes of the game. It is hard to describe other than saying it was one of the best goals I’ve seen kicked at Kanebridge for quite some time. This set the tone for a strong first quarter, where we looked to dominate stoppages. We were on top and in front by 8 points at Quarter-Time.
The game was in the balance in the second quarter, but we kept rolling and stayed in front enough to remain the better side, leading by 16 points at the main break. Our defensive structures kept us well in front, as North Shore struggled to get past our rock Renee Tomkins in defence.
We kicked it up a notch in the Premiership quarter, gaining some breathing room over the Bombers to lead by 24 points. Our attack on the footy was hard as nails, and we reaped the rewards because of it. Skills wise we were on song, and another victory was well in sight. 24 points in front at 3QT and the game was ours to lose.
We finished the game strong, kicking away in the end in a physical game of footy that ended like all the others have so far, with the EAGALS victorious, this time by slightly less than usual, but a 34 point win is nothing to sneeze at.
McGartland was impressive once again booting 4 goals, whilst our midfield were tremendous despite their Ruckman having a sizeable advantage. Ally Dallaway, Anna Barton and Chloe Arndt were amongst our best for the day, whilst Laura Moran continued her good form with two goals. Emma Scriven also played her best Prems game yet.
Another day, another win for our EAGALS. We remain unbeaten, on top of the ladder.
Who can stop us?
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: A. Dallaway, A. Barton, R. McGartland, C. Arndt, R. Tomkins, E. Scriven
North Shore Bombers
Best Players: P. Clegg, D. Carruthers, F. Dalton, K. Reynolds, Z. Hurrell, E. Matheson
|1||East Coast Eagles||7||7||0||0||550||122||450.82||28|
|2||Manly Warringah Wolves||7||6||1||0||416||191||217.80||24|
|4||Inner West Magpies||7||5||2||0||411||167||246.11||20|
|5||North Shore Bombers||7||4||3||0||284||229||124.02||16|
|6||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||7||3||4||0||166||360||46.11||12|
|8||Pennant Hills Demons||7||1||6||0||220||349||63.04||4|
|9||UTS Australian Football Club||7||1||6||0||143||460||31.09||4|
Premier Division Reserves – Magoos Can’t Match Red Hot North Shore For Four Quarters
We seem to play our best footy against the strongest sides in the Magoos, but North Shore are truly in a league of their own. Back at home, we were keen for a big test against the Bombers, and we knew our defensive resolve would be a key factor in the result. Early on we kept pace with our opposition, with our backline pressure a real strong point for us. North Shore could not find their groove. Unfortunately, we struggled to capatalise on Inside 50s and couldn’t trouble the scoreboard in the first half, trailing by 45 points at the main break. Our competitive fight never wavered, but it was tough to keep up with the elite skills of the Bombers. We played with plenty of courage and spirit, but there would be no stopping North Shore on this day, as we went down by 74 points. Our two goals were scored by notable players: Under 19s Co-Captain Nick Hyland who kicked his first Magoos goal, and Harrison Bultitude who played his first game of 2021 after a nasty pre-season groin injury. Backline king Tom Grove was our best on ground, shutting down North Shore’s best forwards in a huge performance from the big fella.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 2.5.17 to NSW 12.19.91
Women’s Division One – EAGALS Win A Competitive Game Against Gallant Bombers
I got a first hand view of this game, strutting around as the umpire, and might I say I was definitely impressed. Our Div 1 girls have come so far already this year under the trusty leadership of Coach Jimmy Regan, and they continue to go from strength to strength. We’ve been playing well and being back at home, many would have expected us to win easy in this game. But North Shore are never an easy side to beat, and posed a difficult challenge. This was a rather scrappy affair, a real fight to the death at the ground level at times. However, it was the strong communication from midfielders Paris Mooney and Lauren Jacobs who really lead from the front for the EAGALS, that often allowed our side first use of the footy. Speaking of getting first to the footy, Ruckman Kate Scholz killed it, outmatching her opponent for the majority of the game. We’re we at our best in this one? Probably not, but it was a valuable two points we will absolutely take and celebrate the same as any victory. Most pleasing perhaps was our defensive edge, not conceding any goals for the entire game. Brilliant Stuff. Keely Stevens and Dana Polverino were best on ground for the EAGALS in their 29 point win.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 4.6.30 to NSB 0.1.1
Under 19’s Division One – North Shore Stamp Authority And Take It To Young Eagles
North Shore are right up there in a lot of competitions, but perhaps none more so than the Under 19s. The Bombers are thriving and flying high, hard to keep up with no matter who matches up against up. We ran into a red hot side without many key players, and it was evident we lacked cohesion in key moments. The Bombers were intent on putting on plenty of scoreboard pressure, however struggled to convert in front of goal which kept East Coast in the game. Our tackling pressure was strong, as was our hunt for the footy, but the Bombers were able to get on the outside and use their speed too often. We were disappointed with the result, but now we know the standard it takes to match it with the best. Nathan Wilson has had a much improved 2021 season, and was fantastic in a BOG performance for us.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.4.22 to NSB 8.17.65
Women’s Division Four – EAGALS Momentum Halted By A Rampaging Western Magic
Sometimes in sport when you take a week off for a bye, it can hurt the momentum you have picked up beforehand. This seemed to be the case this past weekend for our Div 4 EAGALS. After missing last week we were raring to go, but then again so were Western Magic. The Western side well and truly brought their magic wands for this game, as everything they touched seemed to turn to gold. Their game plan was to start strong and blow us out of the water from the get go. With the score at 30-0 in their favour come half-time, and they were very much on top. It would take a damn good comeback from us, and whilst we did our best in the last quarter, it was too little too late, as the Magic were too good by 36 points. Angelica Kamperos was tremendous for East Coast, a well deserved BOG for her game.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 3.0.18 to WM 7.12.54
Men’s Division Two – Eagles Cruise To Strong Win Over North Shore
Such has been the scheduling merry-go-round this season, this past weekend our Div 2 boys played at their standard 9am time slot for the first time in 2021. Matching up against North Shore Bombers Red (one of two Bombers sides in this competition), we were hotly anticipating a tough game, in slippery early morning conditions. We have struggled to hit the scoreboard early in games this season, but against North Shore Red we kicked the first goal, and led by 15 points at Quarter-Time. We played the game at our pace for much of the first half, letting our tackling pressure set the tone and dictate proceedings to lead by 34 points at Half-Time. Going forward we took our put off the gas in the second half, as our goalkicking went a bit haywire. We kicked 1.8 in the second half, and should of won by more, but ugly wins are always valuable. Troy Jones and Justin Harding continued their awesome seasons, and Ben Bridie kicked 2 goals in real highlights of the game. This 25 point win takes us to 2nd on the ladder with an eye on first place sooner rather than later.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 8.12.60 to NSB 5.5.35
Premier Division Reserves – UTS Too Good For Magoos In Early Morning Contest
The scheduling for our Magoos side has been a bit all over the place this season. In the first 6 weeks we’ve played at our normal midday timeslot, but also under lights plus this past weekend, in the early morning game at 9:30. A trip to Bondi for that time was a tough go, but we aimed to make the best of it from the off. Conditions were not perfect for footy, but the wind didn’t pick up until later on in the day, so for our Magoos there were no excuses. It was tight contest for most of the first half, with neither side gaining strong momentum, but it was UTS who took a slight lead into the half-time break. Unfortunately for us, UTS too advantage of their Inside 50s better then we did, as they were able to find free men in the right spots in front of goal. We were always in the game, but struggled to piece together enough polished ball movement in attack, and were unable to get in front. 7 points was the margin in a close loss. Ryan Fitton, Marty Karafalis, Cam Wilson and Josh Riseborough were all strong contributors for us, but in the end UTS were just too good on the day.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 5.8.38 to UTS 5.15.45
Women’s Division One – EAGALS Continue To Look Dangerous And Dispatch UTS
It’s not just our Prems EAGALS which are making a ton of noise this season, because our Div 1 Girls are also on an absolute roll. Our record stands at 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at the moment, and that loss was only by one point. Had a couple things over the opening 6 rounds gone slightly our way, we’d be undefeated. Needless to say, we are at the top of our game right now, and Saturday against UTS was no different. Trumper Park can be a difficult place to play, due to the smaller size compared to Kanebridge, but we made the challenge look easy, as we ran our opponents right out of the game. We wanted that footy more than UTS in this game, and we were intent on making another strong impact. Our first half was fairly even, only up by 11 at half-time. The game was in the balance, but Coach Jimmy Regan steadied the ship and fired his girls up for a massive second-half, and our EAGALS delivered. Kicking 7 goals to 2 in the second half had our EAGALS lighting it up, and there was no stopping us on the way to a 44 point win. Maddy Ferguson and Nellie McMillan crushed it in this game, in a sensational showcase for the clubs depth in our Women’s ranks. Greta stuff girls.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 9.10.64 to UTS 3.2.20
Under 19’s Division One – Eagle Young Guns Respond With Strong Win
Last week was a tough hit-out for our junior Eagles, with the Under 19s struggling to stay with UNSW for four quarters of footy. This week we faced another Uni team, but UTS were no match for us. The game started with some end to end action, neither side giving an inch. Both sides were evenly matched on the ladder heading into the contest, thus early dominance would be crucial in winning the mental battle. We followed a tight first quarter, with a 5 goal second term, allowing us to stamp our authority on the scoreboard. We kicked another 5 in the premiership quarter, as it was becoming apparent that we were easily the more speedy and skillful side. We eventually won by 35 points, a pleasing performance in a game we should of won. Jacob Jones was tremendous on debut, as a standout performer.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 15.8.98 to UTS 9.9.63
Women’s Division Four – BYE
Our Div 4 Women’s side had a bye this week, meaning they sit 2nd on the ladder after 6 rounds, behind South West Sydney.
Men’s Division Two – Eagles Come Home Hard But Ultimately Go Down To UTS
This was a game that we should of won, and we all knew it. That’s what made it so disappointing when we were on the losing end after the final siren. Traveling into the heart of our city for a matchup against UTS, our Div 2 boys were keen on another strong performance. We were good in patches, but we learnt that this will not always be good enough. UTS were a good side, very underrated going off their ladder position. UTS swarmed us in the key moments, and we were made to chase when the game got to its closing stages. We came home with a wet sail, kicking 6 last quarter goals. But it wasn’t enough. UTS took the result by just 2 points, and we were devastated. Despite the loss, we know where we failed and know where we can improve to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We will come back stronger.
FINAL SCORE: ECE 59 to UTS 61