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|