Rounds 1- 3 wrap for the Eagles

The first three rounds of AFL Sydney football have provided contrasting fortunes for all the East Coast Eagles teams.


Jack Dimery leads out the Eagles in his 100th game.  Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

Jack Dimery leads out the Eagles in his 100th game. Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

At Premier Division level this was the match up that most in Sydney football had waited five months for since the 2015 fixture was announced by AFL Sydney. The reigning Premiers Manly Giants (2013 / 14) up against the returning East Coast Eagles who, prior to joining the NEAFL in 2012, had taken out successive flags in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The weather was fantastic, the newly named Kanebridge Oval was in superb condition and the crowd was rolling in to watch two sides go at it hammer and tong in an attempt to claim early bragging rights. Jack Dimery playing his 100th senior game for the Club led the team out into the abundant sunshine. Every one of those 100 games has been at Premier Division or NEAFL level.

Both sides started well and had four each on the board at quarter time. But it just “looked like” the Eagles were gaining the upper hand.  Kicking to the Vesta Homes Commercial Road end in the second term, East Coast piled on 7-1 to go into half time 27 points up.

On the terraces the Eagles supporters were happy to see their returning side well on top but as always every fan knows that the second half can play tricks. In a very tight and tactical third quarter the Eagles could only increase their lead by seven points. The score at ¾ time was 13-2 to 6-10.  The Giants had more scoring shots, which can often be an indicator as to whether a side still remains in touch with the leader.

And that’s the way it turned out. A cracker of a last quarter saw East Coast in front at the 20 minute mark by 23 points, 15-5 to 10-12.  At the 25 min mark it was 16 points, and at the 27 minute mark it was 10. With 29 seconds left the Eagles were desperately hanging on to a three point margin which they still held when the final siren blew. Trouble was the ball was in the hands of Manly’s Tom McCaffery who had marked 40 metres out from goals at the Vesta Homes School end.  His shot wobbled through, but shaky or not, it still counted for six points and the Giants had stolen a most unlikely victory.

Trent Stubbs was best for the home side and also took the goal kicking honours with five.

East Coast Eagles 4.0 11.1 13.2 15.5 (95)
Manly-Warringah 4.2 6.4 6.10 14.14 (98)
Goals: East Coast –
 T Stubbs 5, A McConnell 2, D Spiteri, J Dimery, D Charleston, M Eastman,  S Turner, Jon Vlatko, D Costello, S Reed.
Manly – C Pettersson 3, J Pola-Smith 3, T McCaffery 2, C Livori, H Washington, B Fowler, D Bonney, J Parker, S Batten. 
Best: East Coast –
 T Stubbs, D Charleston, A McConnell, J Dimery, E Kruger, D Costello.
Manly – W Brassil, J Brain, T McCaffery, R Wearne, C Pettersson, R Whitton.
At Kanebridge Oval, Saturday 11th April 2015.

In other grades East Coast had a fabulous win over a shell shocked Southern Power by 60 points with James Ford starring in a wonderful comeback to AFL footy after two years away overseas.

Division Three went down by 37 points in what was really a high standard game. Our boys were good, but Sydney Uni were simply better.  Will Dickinson took the honours for best on and put some cash in his owners’ pocket in Round 1 of Extravaganza. You can always read about all the results in Eagles Extravaganza each round by clicking here. 

The U19’s, most of whom are new to the Eagles in 2015, lost to Manly by 69 points under lights after the Premier Division game had finished. Josh Rodman was East Coast’s best while Connor Stewart kicked two of the Eagles’ four goals.

Click here to read Michael Shillito’s AFL Sydney Round 1 review.


After the hurly burly of Round 1 home matches it was nice to head for away pastures. Unfortunately the Divisional nature of the AFL Sydney competition means teams are scattered far and wide across the city for away matches.

Dean Costello is the Leader of the Pack.   Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri

Dean Costello is the Leader of the Pack. Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri

Premier Division were at Picken Oval, the home of Western Suburbs who proudly play on a ground which is side by side with their long established Licenced Club of West Magpies. Wests haven’t had a lot to cheer about in recent years, but it is often a danger to play the Magpies early in the season as traditionally they are always good off season recruiters. 2015 was no different with lots of new names in the Football Record, including some from the much maligned Campbelltown Club who had withdrawn from the Premier Division competition in the week leading up to Round 1.

Both sides had lost their opening round clashes by less than a kick, but it was the Eagles viagra online safety wearing their brand new away strip who started magnificently and had three goals on the board in as many minutes to shell shock a confident Wests. They never recovered from that early onslaught and went further behind both in confidence and on the scoreboard the further the game went. 24 points behind at quarter time, 39 at half time, 74 at ¾ time and eventually losing to a rampaging Eagles outfit by 88 points. East Coast were determined not to experience a last quarter brain fade like last week.

Scott Pierce in his best ever performance in an Eagles jumper kicked seven from full forward and Andrew McConnell got four which along with his superb around the ground game, earned him the match committee’s nomination as the Eagles’ best.

The bearded Andrew Browning leads the East Coast Eagles victory song.  Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

The bearded Andrew Browning leads the East Coast Eagles victory song. Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

Western Suburbs 1.1 4.4 6.4 7.4 (46)
East Coast Eagles 4.7 10.7 17.12 20.14 (134)
Goals: Wests – B Mumme 2, J Robinson 2, J Ross, P Maxwell, D Clout.
East Coast – S Pierce 7, A McConnell 4, S Reed 3, T Stubbs 2, A Browning, M Skuse, W Bradley, J Ford. 
Best: Wests –
 J Robinson, T Etto, R Speed, T Charles, C Gordon, P Bevan.
East Coast – A McConnell, T Stubbs, A Browning, S Pierce, W Bradley, S Turner.
At Picken Oval, Saturday 18th April 2015.

Division One were at Macquarie Uni for a match which most expected them to win. The players did too in the first quarter when they opened strongly with an impressive first quarter performance. Unfortunately things fell away after that for the visitors with only three more majors being posted, compared to Mac Uni’s 11 goals. Cameron Arndt was best in an unexpectedly disappointing team performance.

The Div Three boys came up against a Magpies side that boasted more fire power than we could muster. A very poor second quarter saw the Eagles held goalless and it was the five majors that Wests kicked in this term this term which was ultimately the difference between the two sides.

Anthony Baddock played a blinder in the centre and got the coach’s nod for BOG on the day.

At Sydney Uni, Greg Thomas’ U19s got off to a great start and remained strongly in the game up to three quarter time. Injuries however proved their downfall in the last quarter and a depleted team was overrun by the home side when they allowed them to kick six goals in the final term.   Joel Walsh and James Monks were best for the young Eagles while Isaac Heath steered four through the big ones.

Michael Shillito’s Sydney AFL Round 2 full report


Trent Stubbs nails one of his five goals for the day.  Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

Trent Stubbs nails one of his five goals for the day. Picture courtesy of Mark Spiteri.

Sydney’s big wet during the week was caused (believe it or not) by an “East Coast low” as the Weather Bureau calls it out in the Pacific Ocean. This low pressure system brought unbelievable rain to the city and suburbs, the outcome of which caused AFL Sydney to postpone all matches apart from Premier Division.

Kanebridge Oval was in excellent condition brought about by the purpose built drainage system beneath the turf.  So much so that the Club invited the Kellyville / Rouse Hill Magpies Junior club to play four matches in the lead up to the big one at 2.30pm.

The kids and their parents responded big time. Geez, they can eat those kids!!

Kieran Emery concentrates hard at 3/4 time - Picture by Mark Spiteri

Kieran Emery concentrates hard at 3/4 time – Picture by Mark Spiteri

After the traditional on field memorial service for the Anzac Round, the East Coast Eagles and the UTS Bats commenced their own battle. UTS were sitting on top of the ladder coming into Round 3 and a difficult match was expected for the afternoon.  UTS won the toss and kicked with a strong breeze to the northern end but it would be the only thing they would win all day however as the home side made mincemeat of a team which promised so much.

38 scoring shots to 6 at the end of a miserable day for the Bats was the unfortunate story for the visitors. They were crushed by a hard running, hard tackling side which took all before it in an emphatic 122 point victory.

Trent Stubbs with five goals, James Ford with four and Diamond Jack Dimery around the ground took the best player and goalkicking honours.

East Coast Eagles 6.2 10.9 16.13 21.17 (143)
University of Technology 1.1 1.2 2.3 3.3 (21)
Goals: East Coast – T Stubbs 5, J Ford 4, Jamie Vlatko 2, S Pierce 2, A McConnell 2, S O’Connor, W Bradley, S Turner, J Dimery, A Drinkwater, Josh Cass.
UTS – J Law, T Larby, T Nixon.
Best: East Coast – T Stubbs, J Dimery, J Ford, A Drinkwater, S Turner, K Emery.
UTS – J Law, T Larby, M Puhle, D Ipaviz, J Hewitt, W Bland.
At Kanebridge Oval, Sunday 26th April 2015.

Read this weeks Red & White Online review of the Round 3 action.


Premier Division defeat the Blues

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


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

Plenty of Positives for Eagles Prems

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


Goal Kickers: Z. Johns 3, M. Skuse , A. Drinkwater

Best Players: A. Savage, Z. Johns, A. Drinkwater, D. Costello, C. Arndt, P. Long


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

Eagles go down to Southport

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.

Eagles go down to Ainslie

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.