Update from the President – November 13th, 2014

A lot has happened at the Eagles in recent months since the decision was communicated that the Club would be withdrawing from the NEAFL and returning to play its senior side in the AFL Sydney competition.

We will endeavour to keep you updated with all happenings within the Club as they unfold across the off season and of course when we get underway in 2015 on the field.  We hope you return often to our re-branded East Coast website. There are still elements of our NEAFL history on the website which will remain until we commence posting 2015 match reports and secure photos of the 2015 squad for the Player profiles etc.

Your new Board is Peter Physick (President), Jon Gawley (Football and Finance), Richard Lee (Administration) and Rodney Frost (Player representative / List Manager).

Peter was previously appointed President of the Football Club in 1996 when it was still the Baulkham Hills Falcons. He took the club into the East Coast Eagles era in 2000 and concluded a 12 year term at the helm in December 2007. Peter is the Managing Director of his own company Speakers Australia Pty Ltd.

Jon is a 12 year veteran with the Eagles through Team Management and other related duties. He has a background in Athletics coaching and competing, although he is an AFL man through and through having transferred from Perth where he became a lifelong West Coast Eagles fan. Jon is a Business Banking Manager with the National Australia Bank (NAB).

Richard has been around the Club just as long as Peter when all their kids started playing at the Falcons in the early 90’s. He has undertaken every role possible in a Football Club and now in 2014 has been elected to the Board to oversee the administration of the club. Richard is employed by Hewlett Packard where for the last 14 years he has been an Account Service Manager.

Rodney is just one part of a very important footy club family. The Frosts have been stalwarts at the Falcons and the Eagles for longer than one can remember. He sits 4th on the all time cialis online brand list of games played for the club(s) with 159 First Grade matches, but has an imposing record of 356 games in any grade with the Eagles and the Falcons.  Rodney is the Group General Manager of Lamson Paragon of which his father Arthur is Founder and Group Managing Director.      (Rod was appointed to the Board on 12/11/14.)

There were numerous legacies left to the incoming Board to address after the EGM held on 27/08/14.  Since then an enormous amount of time has been spent consolidating the accounts and managing creditors, but steady progress is being made and we are looking forward to a bright future.

A name change has been instituted back to the East Coast Eagles AFL Football Club Inc and we will field all teams in the AFL Sydney competition playing under that name. We have submitted approval to the AFL to play in Premier Division, Division One, Division Three and U19’s, with the final decision as to where the teams will play resting solely with the AFL.  Announcements will be made as soon as we know the final make-up of the Divisions.

The key to a successful future lies with the support of our Members, sponsors, players, fans and the community in general. We are returning to “community footy”, but it is a competition which is of a very high standard. Although we left Sydney football at the end of 2011 after winning three successive senior Premierships, we are aware of how the standard in Sydney has progressed and we are really looking forward to re-engaging with all other Sydney clubs on and off the field.

Bruce Purser Reserve has undergone some facelifts over the summer and we think visiting players and spectators will like what they see. The Eagles remain the premier sporting body in the Hills Shire and Council have been very supportive of our position as we return to our roots in Sydney football.

I can’t wait and I’m equally sure the players can’t when they commence pre-season training under senior coach Michael Sankey next Tuesday at BPR.


With best wishes,

Peter Physick