Eagles tumble out of contention as the Wolves howl

A season which birthed a new era at the East Coast Eagles began with a wave of promise.

A new coach.

A set of new recruits.

A motto which to play and live by. BM18.

It most certainly had its ups and downs, and on the weekend, the most significant down proved to be the final nail in the coffin in season BM2018.

East Coast fought hard, but could not keep up and fell via an 11 point loss to Manly Warringah in an Elimination Final at Blacktown International Sports Park 4.16.40 to 4.5.29.

The old adage in football, especially at this time of year, that games are one in the Premiership (3rd) quarter.

Coach Lindsay Scown made it clear that it was in this period, is that the game was won and lost as the Wolves achieved critical second half momentum.

Overcast conditions met both teams from the first bounce, and clearly hampered goal kicking execution for Manly, kicking 0.4 as opposed to the Eagles two goals straight in the opening quarter.

The Eagles extended their lead in the second quarter, albeit slim, to lead by 10 after a competitive term.

After a half of finals football, all seemed on queue with script, when you consider that…..

– Manly may have finished above the Eagles on the ladder, yet it is well known that the Wolves struggle away from home ground Weldon Oval, winning only 2 games on the road throughout the home and away season.

– The Eagles played relatively consistent and often sensational football in the season’s second half.

– Manly were much better than East Coast at Weldon earlier this year, winning by 5 goals, whereas later this season, at a windy Kanebridge, the Eagles dominated proceedings to the tune of a 7 goal thrashing.

So, to take this all into account on paper, a 10 point lead at half-time seemed suffice for the Eagles, with an accelerated second half scoring pace expected.

But it didn’t follow, East Coast halted, and could not answer Manly’s forward pressure.

All was lost in the Premiership Quarter and the dying stages.

In fact, the Eagles were lucky Manly could not kick straight, AT ALL, as both sides at full time had converted 4 goals each, yet Manly tripled East Coast’s behinds on route to an 11 point win, swiftly eliminating the East Coast Eagles from season BM2018.

Within this disappointment a new superstar continued to blossom and emerge for the Eagles, as rising star Lewis Waters was best on ground for his side, displaying an outstanding improvement across half-back, becoming one of the toughest men to play against inside the East Coast CAGE.

Veteran Eugene Kruger was additionally fantastic on this day, finding plenty of the footy along with a welcomed goal.

Manly Warringah Wolves 0.4-4 2.6-18 2.10-22 4.16-40
East Coast Eagles 2.0-12 4.4-28 4.5-29 4.5-29

Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers: J. Field, A. Robertson, J. Brain, H. Ellem
Best Players: J. Weir, A. Fraser, G. Benbow, L. Behagg, A. Robertson, A. Butler
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: Z. Johns 2, E. Kruger, D. Saywell
Best Players: L. Waters, E. Kruger, B. Clark, S. Turner, A. Browning, B. BourkE

Season BM2018 is officially over for the East Coast Prems, as it is for the Eagle Reserves.

In an Elimination Final, the Reserves could not match the North Shore side who they ironically faced just a week prior in Round 18 of the home and away season. Despite a standing 2-0 record against the Bombers in 2018, the Eagle Reserves alike the Prems found themselves chasing the tails of an inaccurate Bombers, who couldn’t convert the majority of opportunities on goal. Scott Pierce was dominant in the forward line for the Eagles kicking 3 and claiming BOG honours, whilst small midfielders Lucas O’Connor and Josh Large shined in the 7 point loss – 7.13.55 to 7.6.48. An improved season for the Reserves, one that coach Matt O’Connor is disappointed to see end, yet holds plenty of optimism and excitement for an even better 2019.

And that brings us to the last team standing at East Coast.

It is without any surprise that in 2018, the story at the Eagles is: Last Women Standing.

The Women’s Division One side, were again brutal, poised and courageous against their arch Pennant Hills rivals, in a 3 goal victory which sees them through to a Preliminary Final against Minor Premiers Wollongong. On a damp Sunday afternoon at Kanebridge Oval, the women were convinced and determined to prove they had the Demons number. After a slow start in yet the clubs third Elimination Final for the weekend, the EagALS proved this, and did not concede another goal after quarter time, kicking away in the third term before full time struck with scores reading: 6.3.39 to 3.3.21. The Superstars stood up for the Eagals, with captain Sarah Ford, Em Goodsir and Brenna Tarrant playing great games, whilst Chloe Arndt, Laura Moran and Courtney Torpy were also among the best.

GET DOWN TO KANEBRIDGE TO WATCH THE WOMEN VIE FOR A GRAND FINAL SPOT THIS SATURDAY 10:50 @KANEBRIDGEOVAL, vs WOLLONGONG.

Back to Baulko Snapshot: Around the Grounds

Back to Baulko Day was an outstanding showcase of the past, present and future of the East Coast Eagles football club in Round 16 on Saturday.

Read more on the Prems tight nail biting victory over Pennant Hills Demons @http://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/back-to-baulko-epic-as-eagles-down-the-demons-in-famous-victory/

As for the remainder of the games on Back to Baulko Day, lets take a look around grounds….

Premier Division Reserves – Eagles defeat Demons 7.6.48 to 3.8.26

The Reserves faced must win football against a Pennant Hills side who dominated them in their last meeting back in Round 8. Entering the clash Pennant Hills sat steady with just two losses on top of the table, with the Eagles clinging onto 5th spot, one loss away from slipping out of finals contention. Important defensive inclusions in Luke Mansour, Zach Johns and Matthew Scholz became crucial in the war of attrition battle, as the Eagles undoubtedly owned their opponents in the second half, especially in the 3rd period kicking four goals to none. Martin Karafalis continued his outstanding year deservedly winning best on ground honours, and Jared Patira and James Ford continue forcing themselves as one of the strongest key forward combinations in the competition kicking 5 goals between them. The Ressies saved the best performance for Back to Baulko day gaining real momentum at the right time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 19s Division One – Eagles defeat Demons 8.14.62 to 2.8.20
Club Legend Trevor Hangan called for someone to produce something special for the 19s on Back to Baulko day, and there were plenty of special performances to choose from. Skipper Ryan Van Vliet was tremendous taking countless intercept marks in defence. Bailey Sims and Matt McVey were clinical and speedy up the ground in both attack and defence. Jesse Foxall was brutal at full back and forward pocket star Nipper Adams busted his nose early in the second quarter and returned, continuing his outstanding 2018 form. The Under 19s have fallen out of games too many times in 2018 to achieve finals football, but on Back to Baulko day there was far too much to play for and they would not fall in the same trap. They played their most promising four quarter game of football and inspired a successful day on the field for the club, gaining the first win of the day for the Eagles.

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Division One – EaGals defeat Demons 6.6.42 to 5.0.30

Only a month removed from they’re previous fiery clash, the EaGals closed out Back to Baulko day with a barnstorming win over rivals Pennant Hills, to write another chapter in this slow burning rivalry that continues to get hotter every time they meet. The EaGals fought off early injury concerns to dominate the first half, leading by 3 goals at the main interval, as Sarah Ford was absolutely lethal in front of the sticks, nailing four crucial goals. Youngster and NSW Rams representative Brenna Tarrant was massive on Saturday as well, proving her unparalleled utility value and leading her side to back-to-back wins over the Demons enemy. The EaGals were met with resistance in the second half, but not willing to go down on the biggest day of the year, they pulled through and put Pennant Hills to the sword in the final quarter. Midfielders Chloe Arndt, Em Goodsir and Caiti Rogers were fantastic, whilst Full-Back Jess Britton controlled the backline superbly. Currently sitting 3rd, the EaGals will look to finish the year strong with one eye on finals footy for the second consecutive year.

Division Two – Demons defeat Eagles 7.5.47 to 2.7.19

First game of the day and the Div 2 boys let no one down, despite not being victorious against the rival Demons before making their presence felt on the HILL. Club stalwart Tim Physick was once again outstanding, a bull in defence, but the Eagles were made to rue some missed oppourutnities in front of goal with the game on the line. They never gave up, but the Eagles just could not match the Demons on transition, as Pennant Hills constantly threw caution to the wind towards goal and more often then not coming up trumps. The Demons were smooth, but the Eagles did not make the win easy for they’re opponents, absolutely bringing the pain and laying some massive tackles, setting the tone for the rest of the club later throughout the day.

B2B

BM18

 

Back to Baulko epic as Eagles down the Demons in famous victory

Well it has come and gone, but we already want to go back.

That is the occasion Back to Baulko produces for the East Coast Eagles community.

Plenty flocked from all around the country for the club’s biggest day of the year, and witnessed the famous maroon and gold Baulkham Hills Falcons strip done proud, as the Prems boys produced their biggest result of the year in Round 16.

In the Premier Division match of the year, the Eagles defeated cross-town arch rivals Pennant Hills by 8 points: 8.15.63 to 8.7.55, a win that will go along way to cementing a crucial finals spot for Lindsay Scown’s troops in 2018.

Everything was on the line in this do or die battle.

Local supremacy, bragging rights, and all-important top 5 ladder placings.

The importance of the result from a competition perspective was huge as East Coast remain en route to a finals berth currently sitting 3rd (equal 2nd on percentage), but the Demons were not so fortunate, slipping outside the top 5 as a consequence of the loss.

Battle lines were drawn early in a colossal and intense opening quarter, only a point the difference in favour of Pennant Hills at two goals a-piece.

In fact, at every quarter break the Demons led, the largest being just 3 points at half-time, yet no footy expert, and there were certainly a few of them on show Saturday, could claim they knew the impending result with any level of confidence.

The tit for tat showcase had the large home crowed glued to they’re seats, every possession so important.

Both teams had to make every chance count.

The final confrontation in the last quarter would define a season, so much on the line for both sides.

But on this day, Back to Baulko Day, the Eagles had too much pride and passion and were not going to let down the proud club’s long legacy. This was their day, no Demon would steal the victory.

The Eagles marched hard to a strong multiple goal lead in the final quarter and didnt let it go, closing out the match 8 point winners.

Stuart Turner was again excellent in this fixture, winning a ton of hard ball at ground level and using his penetrating right boot to full effect across Kanebridge Oval.

The better players on the day for East Coast were amongst the goals, with Trent Stubbs carrying his historic club name sensationally in a commanding two goal performance.

Karl Merson also had a pair of goals, as KOUTA continued to prove his vital role as the huge acquisition he returned to the club as. Dominance and power defined his Back to Baulko game.

Everyone played there role, all day, too many superstar performances to make mention, and the maturity of football on show by the Eagles in this nail biter is proof we have the side to make a huge statement come finals time in 2 weeks.

East Coast have massive games incoming up against UNSW and North Shore, with the three sides just mentioned making up the top 3 as the ladder currently stands.

Back to Baulko day in 2018 was an absolutely phenomenal event for the football club, one that everyone from the field to the HILL wishes could last a lifetime, East Coast Eagles stand up and applaud.

A brilliant day, a brilliant result, can’t wait for next year.

B2B

BM18!!

ROUND 16 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 2.1-13 4.5-29 4.10-34 8.15-63
Pennant Hills Demons 2.2-14 5.2-32 5.3-33 8.7-55
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: M. Weekes 2, J. Vlatko 2, K. Merson 2, D. Saywell, T. Stubbs
Best Players: S. Turner, A. Browning, K. Merson, T. Stubbs, J. Vlatko, D. Steer
Pennant Hills Demons
Goal Kickers: T. Angel 3, A. Crisfield 2, A. Goodall, M. Carey, C. Luscombe
Best Players: T. Angel, M. Carroll, A. Goodall, S. Wray, R. Ediriwickrama, T. Widmer
2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after 16 Rounds
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 16 14 2 0 1756 948 185.23 56
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 16 11 5 0 1350 972 138.89 44
3 East Coast Eagles 16 11 5 0 1114 895 124.47 44
4 Sydney University 16 9 7 0 1354 1056 128.22 36
5 Manly Warringah Wolves 16 9 7 0 1229 1087 113.06 36
6 Pennant Hills Demons 16 9 7 0 1364 1207 113.01 36
7 St George Dragons 16 6 10 0 1141 1399 81.56 24
8 Camden Cats 16 5 11 0 1135 1379 82.31 20
9 UTS Bats 16 4 12 0 931 1463 63.64 16
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 16 2 14 0 822 1790 45.92 8

Eagles fly too high for Bats to catch

It was moving day in the Sydney AFL this past weekend, as the Round 14 clash between the East Coast Eagles and UTS Bats proved a crucial result seeing the former’s 25 point victory 11.9.75 to 6.14.50 at Trumper Park elevate them to second on the ladder just a month out from finals.

Incredibly, the Eagles hold second place by the slightest of margins, 0.01% greater than the UNSW Bulldogs in 3rd place.

Respect your opponent, respect yourselves.

That was the key message out of Saturdays victory for the Eagles.

No matter the distinct difference in form guides and ladder rankings between the two sides, UTS always seem to unsettle East Coast, to the extent where they control proceedings long enough to seriously worry they’re opponents.

This indeed happened again on Saturday, as UTS controlled the pace of the first three quarters, assuming a 1 point lead at half time and only trailing the Eagles by 2 points at 3-quarter time.

The Bats demanded East Coast’s respect on this day, and the Eagles were certainly willing to comply and contest a grinding battle.

For three quarters, there was absolutely nothing in it.

But, Aussie Rules is a game of 4 quarters.

The Eagles finished this clash with soaking sails, piecing together one of their best quarters of footy for the season, not conceding a goal and kicking 5.

Jamie Vlatko turned back the clock in this one, as the clear best on ground, paving the way for forward entry that inspired a winning score whilst kicking four majors of his own.

On top of Vlatko’s magic, key players Stuart Turner and Kieran Emery were fantastic and among the Eagles’ best players.

Second Place, what an achievement.

From 5th to 2nd in the space of a week.

Its a huge move, and the challenge over the impending wet weather bye week is to stay healthy, focused and motivated, because they musn’t and cannot afford to drop the ball at this stage of the season.

BM18!

UTS Bats 2.5-17 2.6-18 5.10-40 6.14-50
East Coast Eagles 1.0-6 2.5-17 6.6-42 11.9-75
UTS Bats
Goal Kickers: C. Radford 2, F. Cator 2, T. Larby, N. Daniel
Best Players: N. Daniel, A. Johnson, R. Kirkhope, J. Moyle, A. Tarrant, T. Larby
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: J. Vlatko 4, M. Weekes 2, A. Drinkwater, C. Wilson, R. Haupt, D. Steer, D. Spiteri
Best Players: J. Vlatko, S. Turner, K. Emery, T. Stubbs, A. Drinkwater, B. Clark
2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after Round 14
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 14 12 2 0 1531 839 182.48 48
2 East Coast Eagles 14 9 5 0 975 802 121.57 36
3 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 14 9 5 0 1088 895 121.56 36
4 Sydney University 14 8 6 0 1176 916 128.38 32
5 Manly Warringah Wolves 14 8 6 0 1088 888 122.52 32
6 Pennant Hills Demons 14 8 6 0 1165 1057 110.22 32
7 St George Dragons 14 6 8 0 983 1226 80.18 24
8 Camden Cats 14 5 9 0 1043 1156 90.22 20
9 UTS Bats 14 3 11 0 760 1247 60.95 12
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 14 2 12 0 755 1538 49.09 8

Demons Dominate in local derby

Outplayed

Out-hunted

Out-enthused

That would be the quickest and most painless way to describe the East Coast Eagles’ performance this past Saturday.

Despite a quick start, the East Coast Eagles could not match arch rivals and reigning Premiers Pennant Hills on the weekend, showing very little resistance once the Demons got on top, losing by 72 points, the Eagle’s biggest defeat for the season.

The Demons put their opponents to the absolute sword in the second quarter, kicking 4.7 to nothing, and eventually took a 10 goal lead into the final quarter, before putting the cue in the rack, winning 18.18.126 to 8.6.54.

Billed as a mouthwatering clash between two teams in the top four, who make out the biggest rivalry in the Sydney AFL, this game became a dead rubber by half-time as the Demons clearly wanted the 4 points more than they’re opponents.

They used their size advantage all day, and played much smarter footy through the corridor, making an unwilling Eagles chase easy to kick goals on.

Granted, the Eagles had no bench for the entire final quarter as the Demons ruthless attack on the footy left many Eagles bruised and broken, but this contest was well and truly over by then.

Already without Captain Ben Bourke, former captain Jon Vlatko, key ruckman AB Browning, and gun Full-Forward Mark Weekes on the weekend, East Coast throughout the game lost pacey Connor O’Brien to a concussion, veteran hardman Josh Duncan and utility Zach Johns to shoulder injuries, as well as debutant Andre Sultana to a knee injury.

This soured an already disappointing loss.

Coach Lindsay Scown after the result had a clear message – that his side must bounce back and show some spirit sooner rather than later, because these results cannot become a mainstay.

It is extremely worrying to see the Eagles fold so quickly against their most hated rivals.

It makes you wonder how they will match up against the 9th placed St George this coming weekend.

We had better not see the return of the C word: COMPLACENCY

This is a call for the entire footy club not to let it happen.

BM18.

 Round 8 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Pennant Hills Demons 5.5-35 9.12-66 13.15-93 18.18-126
East Coast Eagles 4.1-25 4.1-25 5.3-33 8.6-54
Pennant Hills Demons
Goal Kickers: M. Carey 5, C. Lee 2, M. Carroll 2, T. Edmonds, S. Wray, M. Thomas, M. Preen, J. Boag, D. Dell”Aquila, N. Mace, J. Potter, I. Pearson
Best Players: J. Potter, D. Dell”Aquila, S. Wray, M. Carey, T. Angel, R. Ediriwickrama
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: P. Vlatko 2, D. Costello, R. Haupt, T. Zdrilic, J. Vlatko, K. Merson, T. Stubbs
Best Players: L. Mansour, T. Stubbs, R. Haupt, D. Steer, P. Vlatko, K. Merson
2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after 8 Rounds
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 8 8 0 0 903 438 206.16 32
2 Pennant Hills Demons 8 6 2 0 714 560 127.50 24
3 Sydney University 8 5 3 0 711 492 144.51 20
4 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 8 4 4 0 601 516 116.47 16
5 East Coast Eagles 8 4 4 0 596 523 113.96 16
6 Manly Warringah Wolves 8 4 4 0 602 550 109.45 16
7 Camden Cats 8 3 5 0 651 682 95.45 12
8 UTS Bats 8 3 5 0 491 644 76.24 12
9 St George Dragons 8 2 6 0 452 819 55.19 8
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 8 1 7 0 429 926 46.33 4

Eagles fire up and bounce back against UTS

Called out over the past fortnight for complacent performances leading to a slight slide down the ladder, the East Coast Eagles strongly responded on home deck with a 3 goal win over the UTS Bats, 11.12.78 to 8.11.59 at Kanebridge Oval.

Approaching Round 7 after back-to-back losses, the Eagles were desperate to return to the winners circle, welcoming the returns of key players Karl Merson and Trent Stubbs.

However, losing captain Ben Bourke to a hamstring injury early in proceedings raised concerning fears that the Eagles would crumble without Bourke’s strong leadership.

This provided the ultimate opportunity for the entire side to step up and prove their doubters wrong, and so they did with a dominant second quarter kicking 5 goals to the Bats 1.

Dan Saywell was especially impressive in front of the sticks, kicking 2 goals, his first for a number of years.

The Eagles controlled the game and never overplayed their hand, returning to the smart and fast style of footy that blew teams off the park across the opening month.

A key feature of East Coast’s game on Saturday was a ruthless pressure off half-back, rebounding out of their defensive 50. Two players in particular, Thomas Zdrillic and Luke Mansour, played huge roles and have both been immense since returning to Premier Division, reinventing themselves in 2018 as underrated key players willing to run and tackle out of the backline, whilst getting plenty of the pill.

I’ve got to give a wrap to Mansour especially, after just 2 games as a new player to the club, battling through an obscure where to buy cheap provigil facial injury keeping him sidelined for early in the season, the lean but lethal utility has earnt his first grade spot and never looked back, becoming a significant player in Lindsay Scown’s side.

Look at Luke fly! I predict a mark of the year contender from Mansour in the coming weeks.

The weekends result, was a much needed step in the right direction for East Coast. It lifts the clubs spirit and gains momentum for this coming week and the local derby showdown with fierce rivals Pennant Hills.

Away from home, the Eagles have a humongous task on their hands against the defending Premiers. So much has been made of the local rivalry and distaste both teams have for each other. This rivalry is as personal as it is territorial and always makes for intense and exciting viewing.

The challenge is to continue the newfound form and extend a winning run, because no one wants to lose this game.

This writer cannot wait.

 Round 7 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 1.1-7 6.2-38 9.7-61 11.12-78
UTS Bats 1.5-11 3.9-27 4.10-34 8.11-59

East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: J. Large 2, K. Merson 2, J. Vlatko 2, D. Saywell 2, Z. Johns 2, S. Turner
Best Players: K. Merson, B. Clark, L. Mansour, S. Turner, K. Emery, Z. Johns

UTS Bats
Goal Kickers: P. O”Rourke 2, E. Thwaites 2, H. Callahan, J. Crameri, C. Wooles, T. Zilm
Best Players: A. Tarrant, M. Foley , M. May, R. Kirkhope, P. O”Rourke, A. Johnson
Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after Round 7
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 7 7 0 0 803 357 224.93 28
2 Sydney University 7 5 2 0 630 392 160.71 20
3 Pennant Hills Demons 7 5 2 0 588 506 116.21 20
4 East Coast Eagles 7 4 3 0 542 397 136.52 16
5 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 7 4 3 0 530 426 124.41 16
6 Manly Warringah Wolves 7 3 4 0 484 517 93.62 12
7 Camden Cats 7 2 5 0 561 611 91.82 8
8 UTS Bats 7 2 5 0 406 563 72.11 8
9 St George Dragons 7 2 5 0 371 734 50.54 8
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 7 1 6 0 396 808 49.01 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 1 Snapshot

Premier Division:

The Eagles kicked off the Lindsay Scown era with a thumping 59 point win over an underwhelming St George Dragons. It was one way traffic for the Eagles, kicking 13 goals to the Dragons 2 after quarter time, to take valuable Round 1 competition points winning 15.11.101 to 5.12.42. Defending club champion Stuart Turner was impressive claiming best on, but it was the Eagles young brigade who made the most exciting impact for the home side. Connor O’Brien, Baylee Jones, Dan Saywell and Lewis Waters (the latter on debut), were outstanding, playing well above their age displaying an exceptional footy education, and cementing strong futures for themselves at the club.

Read more on the Prems crushing defeat of St George – http://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/eagles-tame-dragon-fire-in-round-1-dismantling/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Premier Division Reserves:

After falling just short of playing finals footy in 2017, the Eagles Premier Division reserves were potent in attack and ruthless in defence, blowing St George off the park in the first quarter, kicking 5 goals to nil. Winning 15.12.102 to 5.8.38 over the defending premiers, East Coast have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in 2018, as the Eagles consistently executed silky passages of play and a willingness to win the hunt. Experienced compatriots Daniel Spiteri, James Ford and Josh Duncan were excellent in the Round 1 win, but newcomers Jake Roberts and Nick Yazdani (who kicked 2 goals) were just as impressive, demonstrating a strong balance within the side that is sure to make 2018 an exciting year.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124993070&c=1-1047-0-477739-0&pool=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women’s Division One:

In 2017, the East Coast Eagles welcomed their first ever Women’s team who finished 5th and played finals football. In 2018, the Eagals look destined to resoundingly improve on previous results, as massive developments in skill and football intuition have been gained over the pre-season, evident throughout a promising four quarter performance defeating Manly by 48 points, 11.1.0.76 to 4.4.28. All 21 Eagal players were fantastic and equal contributors to the first round victory, but it was elusive speedy midfielder Em Goodsir that proved herself as best on, with youngsters Chloe Arndt and Maddie Ferguson also dynamic. Eagles supporters can look buy viagra online discount forward to a promising season for our treasured Eagals.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052646&c=1-1047-0-477743-0&pool=1

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Under 19’s Division 1:

Rebounding from a celebrated season which saw a return to finals football for the Under 19’s, East Coast’s youngest side struggled to maintain cohesion and poise in a disappointing first round loss to defending premiers St George, 9.7.63 to 3.11.29. Inaccurate goal kicking was a clear Achilles heel, and despite registering a competitive Inside 50 count, forward line pressure remains a key area to improve upon, in preparation for a Round 2 showdown with Sydney University. Nonetheless, the back-line were solid countering many challenges imposed by the Dragons speedy attack, with Brock McMillan and Callum O’Donnell the strongest of the bunch. A small speed-bump and a good learning lesson for the 19’s, but Premierships aren’t won or lost in Round 1. We’ll be back.

For more information of the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052864&c=1-1047-0-477740-0&pool=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Division Two:

Despite a 39 point loss, going down 14.14.98 to 9.5.59 against St George, promising signs were made from Division Two on the weekend, displaying a commendable resilience and spirit across the four quarters. Lead by new skipper Lochie Fisher and coach Michael Lambert, the Twos’ proved they could hang with the same side that crushed them by an excess of 150 points in 2017, outscoring their St George opponents by 5 goals to 1 in the final quarter. A little to late sure, but this writer prefers to focus on the positives. One of which, was the new breed of talent to the club in the form of midfielders Darren Mahenthirarajah, Troy Jones and Ruckman Andrew Bean, who were immense among others.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052638&c=1-1047-0-477741-0&pool=1

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BRING ON ROUND 2, get down and support our Eagle men and women as they continue to make early inroads in their respective competitions.

Round 2 Fixtures:

Friday 
Women’s Division One – vs Western Magic @BISP no.2 7:30pm
Saturday
Under 19’s Division One – vs Sydney University @Henson Park 9:30am
Premier Division – vs Sydney University @Henson Park 2:50pm
Premier Division Reserves – vs Sydney University @Henson Park 5:20pm
Division Two – vs Sydney University @Henson Park 7:20pm

BM18

Eagles tame Dragon fire in Round 1 dismantling

The East Coast Eagles did battle with St George Dragons to kick off their 2018 campaign at Kanebridge Oval yesterday, as the home side overcame a shaky start to ultimately win by 59 points in dominant fashion.

Both sides struggled to gain momentum in a scrappy opening quarter, highlighted by Premier Division debutant Nate Campbell calmly slotting the first goal of the season for East Coast from the boundary.

However, once the sides returned from the quarter time break, the cobwebs were nowhere to be seen and the Eagles flicked the switch, tackling the Dragons into submission in an unrelenting display, that new coach Lindsay Scown was very pleased and proud of.

The Eagles used outstanding run and carry, consistently winning the clearance, as it became obvious how much they have improved in terms of fitness and gut running over the lengthy pre-season.

9 goals to nil across quarters 2 and 3, East Coast were an excitement machine unveiling a revamped and extremely versatile roster that promises big things in 2018.

The club was yesterday extremely proud to support four young juniors in Lewis Waters, Connor O’Brien, Baylee Jones and Dan Saywell play hard Eagles brand football, showcasing immense talent, professionalism and potential indicating that the club is in good hands for the future. It’s a positive consequence of the renowned buy provigil online no prescription culture and development that the East Coast Eagles take heavy pride in.

St George were completely shut down across the board, unable to sustain forward 50 pressure for lengthy periods of time, a step behind in defence and showcased that coherence is must needed in the short-term future.

Former Dragon Karl Merson was strong on Eagles club debut, as was new recruits Reuben Haupt, Yannick Milligan-Saville and Jordan Etto who finished the game with a heavily bruised and corked thigh.

It was Stuart Turner who gained BOG honours on the day however, as the 2017 Club Champion racked up the possessions and continued his fine form with a sensational performance through the midfield and backline. Jamie Vlatko lead the goalkicking for the day with 4 majors, as young local junior Lewis Waters also kicked 2 goals on Premier Division debut.

With their compelling win, the Eagles announced themselves as a contender in this seasons competition, a side that proved they will be very difficult to beat in 2018.

East Coast Eagles 2.3-15 8.6-54 11.6-72 15.11-101
St George Dragons 3.6-24 3.6-24 3.10-28 5.12-42

Goal Kickers: J. Vlatko 4, M. Weekes 3, L. Waters 2, R. Haupt 2, P. Vlatko 2, B. Jones, N. Campbell

Best: S. Turner, D. Saywell, K. Emery, R. Haupt, K. Merson, L. Waters

 

 

Eagles swoop on Pennant Hills to win by 36 points

Sanks delivers the 3/4 time address

Sanks delivers the 3/4 time address

SYDNEY AFL ROUND 1 2016
Article by Michael Shillito

Players and coaches may come and go, and many did during the off-season. But the game of footy goes on. A long hot summer, clubs working hard in pre-season training; all building up to the start of a new season. A fresh start, the slate wiped clean. Over the upcoming months, dreams will be realised and dreams will be shattered.

The season started on Saturday, under bright sunshine and with the mercury moving over 30 degrees, one of the warmest season opening days for many years.

A twilight clash at Mike Kenny Oval saw Pennant Hills unfurl their premiership flag, one final chance to bask in the spoils of last September’s heroics. It had been a remarkable Grand Final, and the record books will forever show that the Demons are 2015 champions.

But winning the competition is one thing, defending the title is another; as teams will lift to play them and the hunter now becomes the hunted.

The Demons were taking on East Coast Eagles, the team they beat in last year’s decider, in the Warren “Pops” Quintrell Shield. And both clubs had lineups not too dissimilar to those playing on Grand Final day last year. Every club has players come and go, but neither had lost too many. There wasn’t that much separating the teams in the first quarter. Both sides were keen to make their mark on the season with some early attacking, leading to a high-scoring and free-flowing opening term. Five goals to four in the first quarter saw the Eagles lead by eight points at quarter time.

The Eagles took the upper hand in the second quarter, as the defence tightened and the Demons were unable to find any avenues to goal. At the other end, the Eagles were getting plenty of run through their midfield, and Andrew McConnell in particular was presenting as a handy target up forward. A string of 50 metre penalties didn’t help the Demon cause; but there was no denying this was an Eagles side with plenty of quality still on their list taking the first step towards dealing with some unfinished business after last year’s shock.

Five goals in the second quarter while holding the Demons scoreless saw the Eagles leading by 40 points at the long break. And although the Demons did manage to conjure up two goals in the third quarter, the Eagles slammed four through the big sticks to extend the margin to 50 points at three quarter time.

The game was safely won, and the Eagles took their foot off the gas in the last quarter. The Demons salvaged something back in percentage during the final term with four goals to two, cutting the final margin to 36 points. But this was East Coast’s night, extracting some level of atonement and getting their campaign to go one better in 2016 off to a flying start.

In a display of impressive accuracy in front of goal, the Demons didn’t score a behind in the first half and the Eagles likewise after half time; with a combined total of 26.8 for the night.

Andrew McConnell was a dominant force for the Eagles, kicking six goals in a best-on-ground performance; while Stuart Turner and Ben Bourke also featured prominently for the Eagles. It wasn’t Pennant Hills’ night, but Aaron Crisfield, Tim Wales and Ted Widmer worked hard all game.

Other matches

An Eastern Suburbs University derby at Waverley Oval saw UTS play host to UNSW-ES in what has become a traditional season opener. It was a day that saw an evenly-contested first half before UTS pulled away after half time. Both clubs field plenty of teams that had been playing each other earlier in the day, so there was no shortage of lower-grade players happy to stick around to support the seniors. And they were treated to an absorbing contest early. The first quarter was an arm-wrestle, both sides working hard to find a weakness in the other and putting on some tight and tough defence. The Bulldogs looked to have a slight advantage around the ground and added three goals to two, holding a nine-point advantage at quarter time.

The second quarter was a shootout. The lead changed hands several times as both sides threw caution to the wind in their quest for attacking football and the priority to put a score on the board. Forwards on both sides were looking lethal as the goal umpires’ flags were waving with regularity. Seven goals to five in favour of UTS saw the Bats turn their quarter time deficit into a five point half time lead.

It had been an entertaining half to watch, and the match was in the balance, but when the teams returned for the second half, the momentum of the game had changed. The Bats emerged full of running, handling the hot conditions better, finding options to move the ball forward and cutting down on the turnovers. And the scoreboard began to reflect the Bats’ emerging dominance as they scored five goals to one for the quarter to stretch the lead to 27 points at the last change.

The Bulldogs refused to capitulate and won the quarter with three goals to two to cut the final margin to 22 points. It had only been one lopsided quarter that decided the contest, with the rest of the game being evenly fought. But that quarter was enough to give the Bats the valuable competition points.

On a hot day, Daniel Breese was a welcome relief for the Bats with four goals, while Zac Parsons, Rohan Bates and Jason Fleming made important contributions around the ground to the UTS cause. Alex Foote, Alex McKenzie and Joel Robbie were the Bulldogs’ best.

Manly’s quest for a premiership three-peat last season came to an end when they were beaten by St George in the first semi-final. And the Dragons repeated the dose at Weldon Oval on Saturday with a comprehensive 63-point win over the Giants. Preliminary Finallists for the last three seasons, St George have got the services of some handy viagra purchase reviews recruits to further bolster their lineup for 2016 and aim to go all the way to the Grand Final this year. While it’s been a relatively stable off-season for Manly, with not many departures and keeping a similar side to those that have been so strong since they went up to Premier Division in 2013.

The first quarter saw little to separate the two sides, both taking the time to try to work out each other’s weakness and defending resolutely when the pressure was on. The Dragons scored three goals to two in the first term, holding a nine-point lead at the first change.

St George got on top in the second quarter, and the scoreboard began ticking over with regularity. Not every kick hits its target, and several went sailing wide of the big sticks when they should have been kicked. But weight of possession took its toll as the quarter unfolded and with five goals to one in the second term, the Dragons returned to the rooms at half time with a 36-point lead.

The third quarter was tighter and more physical than the second, but the Giants were unable to make any dent in the deficit. Instead it was the Dragons who asserted themselves further, scoring three goals to one in a low-scoring quarter to extend the margin to 47 points at three quarter time.

St George had the game in their keeping, and the pressure valve was released in the final term. It was a more open and free-flowing contest, with the players given more licence to exhibit their skills during the last quarter. But again it was St George who had the edge, taking advantage of every opportunity to score six goals to three for the quarter.

In the end it was a 63-point margin in favour of the Dragons. Nick Ryan spearheaded the charge up forward to finish with five goals; while Paul Sain, Daniel Tomlins and Earl Shaw were ball magnets around the ground. The Giants, although well beaten, found hard workers for the duration in Connor Pettersson, Anthony Robertson and Eric Burke.

The round was completed on Sunday under lights at Henson Park when Sydney Uni took on Wests in a game that would be up for grabs until the final minutes.

It was a tight and tough opening quarter, both sides laying on plenty of physical pressure and defending resolutely. Goals were hard to come by in a quarter in which the backlines had the upper hand and easy possessions were rare. Just one goal apiece was kicked, with the Students leading by two points at quarter time.

The Students finally found some avenues to goal in the second term, at times threatening to run away with the contest. But the Magpies weren’t going to go down without a fight, and some crucial answering goals kept them within striking distance. It wasn’t always pretty to watch, but this was a contest between two willing opponents. And with five goals to three in the second term, Sydney Uni took a 10-point lead into half time.

The Magpies lifted their work rate in the third quarter, but their inaccuracy in front of the big sticks would hurt them as their return of 3.5 for the quarter would prevent them from regaining the lead. The Students would also score three goals, but their defenders were required to dig deep at times during the quarter as they repelled several attacking moves by the Magpies. And with just seven points separating the two sides at the last change, the game was set for a thrilling finish.

It hadn’t been an easy pre-season for the Magpies, but they were near enough to have a crack at a first-up win. And they gave it their best shot in the last quarter; and reaped four goals for their efforts. But they were unable to get themselves in front, and it was the Sydney Uni side who had the fresh legs and were able to run the game out. Seven goals would come to the team in blue and gold hoops during the final quarter, enough to take out a 25-point win.

It may not have been a game that reached any great heights. But the Students, aiming for a third straight finals appearance in Premier Division, got their campaign off to the start they needed. And for Wests, although beaten on the night, they showed enough to assure themselves that they have what it takes to be competitive against the top sides in 2016.

Next week sees Wests take on UTS at Picken Oval, a clash between two sides that missed the finals last year and are keen to be part of the September action this time round. Meanwhile at Blacktown, it will be a blue and gold derby as Sydney Uni take on East Coast.  North Shore enter the competition after the opening round bye when they host UNSW-ES at Mortgage Choice Oval (formerly Gore Hill), while a Sunday blockbuster at Olds Park sees St George host Pennant Hills.


East Coast Eagles 5.2 10.4 14.4 16.4 (100)
Pennant Hills 4.0 4.0 6.2 10.4 (64)
Goals:
East Coast –
A McConnell 6, L Gemmill 3, M Skuse 2, D Costello, B Joynson, Jamie Vlatko, P Vlatko, A Savage.
Pennant Hills – T Moraitis 2, M Preen 2, T Wales 2, J Gourlay 2, S Wray, A Crisfield.
Best:
East Coast –
A McConnell, S Turner, B Bourke, K Emery, Jamie Vlatko, A Drinkwater.
Pennant Hills – A Crisfield, T Wales, T Widmer, D Dell’Aquila, K Wright, J Gourlay.
At Mike Kenny Oval, Saturday 2nd April 2016.

Under 19s One:
Pennant Hills 9.10 (64) d East Coast 6.4 (40)

Division One:
Pennant Hills 14.13 (97) d East Coast 4.2 (26)

Division Three:
Pennant Hills 28.16 (184) d East Coast 1.2 (8)

PREMIER DIVISION LADDER

Played Won Draw Lost For Against %tage
St George 1 1 0 0 115 52 221.15
East Coast 1 1 0 0 100 64 156.25
Sydney Uni 1 1 0 0 103 78 132.05
UTS 1 1 0 0 101 79 127.85
UNSW-ES 1 0 0 1 79 101 78.22
Western Suburbs 1 0 0 1 78 103 75.73
Pennant Hills 1 0 0 1 64 100 64.00
Manly 1 0 0 1 52 115 45.22
North Shore 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP

 

Next week’s games are all on Saturday April 9th.

Premier Division take on Sydney Uni at Henson Park at 4.00pm in the Physick-Gordon Cup challenge.

Division One play Sydney Uni at Henson Park at 2.00pm.

Under 19’s are up against North Shore at Mortgage Choice Oval (formerly known as Gore Hill) at 5.15pm.

And Division Three play Campbelltown at Kanebridge Oval at 10.00am.

The Bundaberg Bullet dominates Round 4

Apparently Bundaberg, Queensland may be his home town, but no one except his Mum really knows exactly where he came from.  His Facebook page (which presumably he himself updates) says he was born July 5th 1986, so the world has had the pleasure of his company now for nearly 29 years.

Just where he cohabitated between 1986 and 2007 is anybody’s guess.  In 2008 (which is the first year Google can find any reference to him) he played with Morningside in Brisbane and represented the QAFL against WA in Townsville as a team mate to some big names who finished up with Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  But our boy didn’t get to AFL level with them because he decided to hitch a ride north to Cairns ready for a tropical 2009.

Crathern Medal 2009 172  Pic. Supplied CC181134

Crathern Medallist 2009 …………… Andrew Browning

He decided to play with the South Cairns Cutters (I’m tipping they were in sugar cane country) and no doubt with a bellyful of Bundy Rum in him he enjoyed a stellar debut season. In fact it was so good he won the Crathern Medal with 25 votes in the far north Queensland comp. The gala presentation night completely belonged to Andrew Browning who treated the audience to a full length rendition of the Van Morrison classic “Jackie Wilson Said” – complete with dance moves after accepting his award.  Later that week big AB’s side the Cutters lost the GF to the Cairns Saints.

Click here to watch a video of the great man’s 2009 season.  Check out the haircut at the end!!

Not sure where he disappeared to after 2009, although I think Tatura in the Goulburn Valley League may have played some part in the big man’s burgeoning footy career. But in 2013 he popped up at Belconnen to play with their NEAFL side. The Magpies met the Swans in the Grand Final that year but lost when AB went down for the count with concussion.

And then in 2014 he became an Eagle when he and his lovely partner Kimberly Gorrie wandered into (then) Bruce Purser Reserve looking for a game. The bearded one made an immediate impression on everyone with his unbelievable energy and drive for the game which was never more evident than in last Saturday’s top of the table clash against Pennant Hills.

His performance in at times torrential rain inspired this writer to research his background because he won’t tell us. Coach Michael Sankey commented after the game …. “AB was best on by a country mile today. His was a herculean effort considering the conditions and deserved to win it twice.”  AB took it upon himself to ruck all day, kick the longest goal of the match with a second quarter drop punt using a very wet and heavy footy and lead the side to the top of the Round 4 ladder.

Pic by Les Cass from “Team Cass”.

Directed by Browning, the Eagles showed extraordinary commitment and skills in the difficult buy generic cialis online in usa conditions to win the Warren “Pops” Quintrell shield for the first time since 2011.  (It was competed for during our time in the NEAFL but it was always going to be difficult to win it.)  Understandably scores remained low, but nevertheless the final margin of 28 points was indicative of East Coast’s superiority on the day.

The re-match at Kanebridge Oval takes place on July 4th when the Back to Baulko day and Mr Perpetual Motion explode into action. Don’t miss it …..

Pennant Hills 0.0 0.3 1.3 3.4 (22)
East Coast Eagles 2.4 3.7 6.8 7.8 (50)
Goals : Pennant Hills –
R Ediriwickrama, M Carey, P Witt.
East Coast – T Stubbs 3, A McConnell 2, D Spiteri, A Browning.
Best : Pennant Hills – T Angel, R Ediriwickrama, D Dell’Aquila, D Witt, K Wright, M Johnston.
East Coast – A Browning, S Turner, K Emery, D Charleston, Jamie Vlatko, Josh Cass.

This week’s Red and White Online summary of Round 4 can be found here.

Division One saw the debut of 26 year old Blake Anderson who has just arrived at East Coast from Perth where he was a regular League player with Claremont. The club took the opportunity of acclimatising Blake in the ‘twos’ this week against Pennant Hills, but his inclusion was not enough to avoid a 22 point defeat at the hands of the Demons. Matty Scholz was best and Anderson obviously impressed his new team mates with them judging him as their Players’ Player.

Final score: Pennant Hills 8-4 (52) defeated East Coast Eagles 3-12 (30)         

The U19’s opened like a bullet out of a gun against the highly fancied Demons’ outfit and surprised the host team by leading well at quarter time, 3-1 to 1-2. Isaac Heath was the spearhead and confidence was high. From here however Pennant Hills took control kicking 10-13 in the last three quarters to finally win by 55 points. Best for the Eagles were James Monks and Alexander Van Vliet.

Final scores: Pennant Hills 11-15 (81) defeated East Coast Eagles 4-2 (26)        

Pic by Tracey Stewart.

The first game of the day saw a very popular breakthrough win for Matt O’Connor’s Division Three side. Once again the opponent was arch rival Pennant Hills and the lads had been fired up for victory for two weeks, having been rained out last week. It was neck and neck in the first two quarters with just three and two points between them at the first two breaks. But a strong third quarter during which the Demons were held goalless saw the Eagles pull out a match winning break which was further enhanced in the last to win by 18 points. Nick Murfitt played his best footy for the season thus far to take out the BOG honours.

Final score: Pennant Hills 5-8 were defeated by (38) East Coast Eagles 8-8 (56)        

All updated Eagles Extravaganza results can be found at this link.