Sydney Uni Show Might To Fend Off Gallant Eagles

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.

Will Cashmore

final score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 3.3-21 6.4-40 8.4-52
Sydney University 5.3-33 9.6-60 13.7-85 15.11-101

East Coast Eagles

Goal Kickers: T. Zdrilic 4, B. Coxall 2, B. Stewart, B. Jones
Best Players: A. Foxall, T. Zdrilic, B. Stewart, B. Clark, W. Mitchell , D. Costello
Sydney University
Goal Kickers: I. Hughes 3, C. Searle 2, S. Gilfedder 2, L. Stevenson 2, J. Hiscox, A. Lucy, A. Clarke, C. Williams, L. Gallen, J. Dimery
Best Players: L. Stevenson, A. Day, N. Tsindos, J. Dimery, A. Clarke, I. Hughes
2021 Sydney AFL Men’s Premier Division Ladder After Round 9
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
3 Sydney University 9 6 2 1 828 504 164.29 26
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
10 Camden Cats 9 0 9 0 291 1327 21.93 0