There was a air of excitement before the game or it may have just been the cold wind sweeping Monarch Oval as the Eagles prepared to take on the Blues in our Round 5 clash.
The first quarter started with a frenzy and the Eagles dominated the ruck contests and moved the ball forward repeatedly and kicked our best opening score for the season, kicking 6 goals to the Blues 2. Damon Steer opened our account with a snap over his left shoulder and this spurred the team on and a flurry of goals followed from Jack Mara, Tim Garlick, Aaron Drinkwater, Damon with another and Jesse Cass topped off a great first quarter to take a 22 point lead into the first break.
The Blues were a little stunned by the quality of the footy the Eagles were playing and the second quarter, while much tighter defensively from the Blues, saw the Eagles execute our game plan at a very high level of skill and we managed to outscore the opposition and extend the lead to 29 points at half time.
The third quarter was a physical battle but the Eagles maintained their ascendancy and extended the lead to 37 points. Drinky played his best game for the season and kicked another sausage roll along with Damo who, unbeknown to us was playing with a severely fractured right hand, added to his tally.
With only 1 player on the bench the Eagles struggled on the big Monarch Oval to run out the game and the Blues bounced back and got within 18 point before the Eagles generic cialis testimonials steadied and consolidated the win.
Our Round 5 Captain was Dean Costello and he took on the leadership role with pride and played an outstanding game, collecting well over 35 disposals and a goal to boot. Drinky was let off the leash and had a great game and dominated the stoppages and kicked 2 very good goals. Kenny Ewen-Chappell was excellent across half forward and set up several goals and provided great on field leadership for the young Eagles. Paul Long got plenty of footy and used it very well, along with Jordan McPherson who was excellent across the backline and kept his opponent scoreless. Young Jack Mara gave us first opportunity at nearly every stoppage by winning the ruck contests consistently and he played his best game for the season and is developing into a quality ruckman. Damon was a powerhouse up forward and finished the game with 4 goals.
The Eagles song was sung loud and proud by those who knew the words, and the others just cheered with excitement, and this capped off a great win for the team that saw us play to our potential and regain some respect.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
CAMPBELLTOWN BLUES 2.3 – 15 3.3 – 21 5.4 – 34 9.6 – 60
SYDNEY HILLS EAGLES 6.1 – 37 8.2 – 50 11.5 – 71 12.6 – 78
SYDNEY HILLS EAGLES
Goal Kickers:?D. Steer 4, A. Drinkwater 2, D. Costello , J. Cass , S. Pierce , T. Garlick , J. Mara , J. Rodman? Best Players:?D. Costello, A. Drinkwater, K. Ewen-Chappell, P. Long, J. McPherson, J. Mara
Our round 2 encounter against first up winners in Western Suburbs was our first hit out at home, and the game started with the Eagles playing some quality footy. Both teams had 3 scoring shots but the Magpies made more of their opportunities and took a slender 5 point lead into the first break. Zac Johns had a purple patch in the second quarter kicking 3 goals and we were playing with confidence, hitting lead up targets and holding the Wests key players at bay and we took a 1 goal lead into the long break. Some inexperience showed in the third quarter and we allowed West to kick 6 unanswered goals. With the game up for grabs, we started the last quarter with intensity and purpose and moved the ball inside our 50 numerous times but could only score behinds. We held the Magpies goalless for the term and ended the game with the third quarter being the difference between the 2 sides on the day.
Aaron Savage had a great price for cialis game off half back and provided outstanding rebound and forward drives and Zac Johns showed what he is capable of at half forward, kicking 3 of our 5 goals. Aaron Drinkwater did a good job and his strength was a big factor in winning a lot of stoppage clearances for the Eagles while Cam Arndt and Paul Long played well to minimise the impact of the Magpies key midfielders.
Overall, a good performance from the young Eagles and we showed that we can play to our game plan and structures and our first win is just around the corner.
Sydney Hills Eagles1.2-8 5.3-33 5.7-37 5.12-42
Western Suburbs Magpies2.1-13 4.3-27 10.7-67 10.12-72
SYDNEY HILLS EAGLES
Goal Kickers: Z. Johns 3, M. Skuse , A. Drinkwater
Best Players: A. Savage, Z. Johns, A. Drinkwater, D. Costello, C. Arndt, P. Long
WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES
Goal Kickers: B. Mumme 3, T. Williamson 2, J. Zoppo , L. Sands , C. McGrath , L. Conway , N. Scarfo
Best Players: T. Williamson, A. Eurell, M. Round, S. Hudson, P. Wilmot, P. Maxwell
Coming off a disappointing first round loss to Ainslie, the Eagles were keen to make amends against a strong Southport side, fresh off an impressive win over the Suns.
The northern visitors were fast out of the blocks, skipping away to a five goal lead at the first break. The second term saw more composure from the Eagles outfit, with both teams kicking three goals, with the Sharks taking a 29 point lead to the main break.
An evenly contested third quarter saw no change to the Southport lead heading into the main break, which still gave the home team a glimmer of hope. Similar to the Round 1 Ainslie cialis generic uk clash however, the Eagles fell away in the last quarter, eventually going down by 55 points.
In a disappointing result in the first home game of the season, Damien Bonney, Michael Riseley and Jack Dimery had strong performances. Trent Stubbs again fought hard in the midfield and Luke Jericho playing his first game for the club provided havoc for his opponents.
The result leaves the Eagles winless after the first two rounds but eager to make amends against local rivals Sydney University in Round 3. The students will be buoyed by their 12 goal win over Queanbeyan on Sunday.
With a number of new recruits heading to the Sydney Hills for the 2014 season and after a big pre season, the Eagles were looking forward to their trip to the Nations Capital for the opening round clash against Ainslie. Both teams had sentimental reasons for a big match, with Ainslie renaming their oval – The Alan Ray Oval (after a football legend within the club) and Sydney Hills Eagles Captain – Jon Vlatko playing his 150th game.
The Eagles got off to a great start leading by 8 points at the first break. Costly turnovers and defensive errors saw Ainslie take the ascendancy in the second quarter kicking nine goals to four, taking a 20 point lead at the main break.
After the break the tri-colours didn’t look back, buy viagra online in india extending their lead to 30 points at the end of the third quarter, then booting another eight goals in the last for a 59 point thumping of the Eagles. Ainslie’s dominance was highlighted with 33 inside forward 50’s to the Eagles 18 in the second half.
Although the Sydney Hills Eagles couldn’t register a win for Vlatko’s 150th, there were plenty of positives, with new recruits Adam Eckermann – kicking 3 goals and providing a target all day, whilst Kieran Emery was solid at the back. The Eagles are keen to make amends this coming Saturday as they face a Southport team fresh off a victory over the Gold Coast Suns, in the first game at Bruce Purser Reserve for 2014.