Under 19s Bow Out In Disappointing Finish To 2020

When finals footy arrives, you need to be ready.

You need to have that hunger and desire.

You gotta want it more than your opponent.

Unfortunately for our young guns in the Under 19s, we matched up against a rampaging Manly side who wanted it a lot more on the day.

Manly started hot, willing to hit hard and display two-way running, getting on top early with a three goal lead at quarter time.

East Coast needed to respond, but we just could not find any answers. We looked to expose Manly through the corridor, but poor skill execution continuously let us down. Heading into half-time six goals down, the challenge ahead of us was tough and we had to return to the field a new side.

It just was not our day however, with Manly sMelling blood in the water and were merciless in their pressure, piling on the pain throughout the second half.

In the end, we could not kick a goal, and were comfortably beaten by 80 points.

Despite a thumping loss in finals footy, we need to look at the positives.

Reaching finals in a tough year all things considered, is a mighty achievement, and credit needs to go to the coaching staff and players for having great commitment throughout this unique season.

FINAL SCORE

Manly Warringah Wolves 3.0-18 6.3-39 13.8-86 13.8-86
East Coast Eagles 0.1-1 0.3-3 0.3-3 0.6-6
Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers: R. Laws 6, J. Crouch 2, T. Wright 2, A. Willett, J. McLachlan, T. Trevaskis
Best Players: C. McPhee, T. Wright, T. Trevaskis, J. McLachlan, R. Laws, Z. Youlten
East Coast Eagles
Best Players: K. Spencer, K. Brady, C. Rudd, E. Grace, J. Fishburn, L. Mason