Sweet Revenge For EAGALS In Crushing Defeat of Macquarie University

Last year’s Women’s Premier Division Grand Final was a famous day for the club, but for all the wrong reasons. In an all-time classic, only seconds separated the two sides, with Maq Uni claiming victory by just one goal, leaving EAGAL hearts broken.

Fast forward to the rematch, and it was GAME ON.

Four Quarters later, and our EAGALS had won sweet sweet revenge with a 45 point victory.

With both sides turning out significantly different line-ups compared to those that played in 2019’s GF epic, with only 10 remaining EAGALS, and 5 returning Maq Uni women, this contest was sure to have a different flavour. However, the rivalry and competitiveness shone through as expected, in what was a tough, physical game of footy.

We started hot, kicking two goals to zero in the first term. Gaining a lead, and having all the momentum would have pleased Coach Peter Steer, but he kept his side focused, not having to remind them of what happened last time we had a strong lead over Maq Uni.

East Coast continued to impress going forward, clearly learning valuable lessons from their GF defeat, putting those demons to bed with a fantastic second quarter which saw them up 5 goals at the main break. Whilst the second half was not as productive on the scoreboard, the pressure around the ground was elite, with Maq Uni only managing one goal for the game.

We had the better skills, no better showcased then by Ally Dallaway and Maddy Ferguson through the midfield, and Renee Tomkins was a TONKA TANK across our back 50 unleashing fury the few times Maq Uni went Inside 50. Also, Em Hurley and Kate Scholz were a scary powerhouse duo in the Ruck, and Elizabeth Wilson continued her strong start to the season down forward.

The EAGALS have started the season in promising fashion, reaping the rewards of a long but hardworking pre-season, and the club is incredibly proud of the way they represent the blue and gold jersey.

Congratulations as well to Chloe Arndt, who played her 50th game in a sensational milestone performance.

Will Cashmore

FINAL SCORE

Macquarie University 0.0 1.1-7 1.1-7 1.1-7
East Coast Eagles 2.3-15 5.6-36 6.8-44 7.10-52
Macquarie University
Goal Kickers: A. Hudson-Gofers
Best Players: E. Franco, K. Johnston, M. Le Mottee, K. Manning, L. Fassone, C. Davis
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: E. Hurley 2, M. Ferguson, B. Tarrant, N. Gray, T. Davies, E. Wilson
Best Players: G. Garnett, S. Ford, C. Arndt, M. Ferguson, E. Wilson, A. Huynh
Sydney AFL Women’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 3
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FA F A % % Won
1 Manly Warringah Wolves 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 133 51 260.78 100.00
2 Sydney University 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 111 62 179.03 100.00
3 Southern Power 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 103 33 312.12 66.67
4 East Coast Eagles 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 149 81 183.95 66.67
5 Inner West Magpies 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 128 103 124.27 66.67
6 Pennant Hills Demons 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 109 114 95.61 33.33
7 UTS Australian Football Club 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 76 86 88.37 33.33
8 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 65 143 45.45 33.33
9 North Shore Bombers 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 43 93 46.24 0.00
10 Macquarie University 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 23 174 13.22 0.00