One step short, yet one step further in BM18

One step short in 2018, yet one step further than 2017 for the East Coast EaGALs.

Following a heartbreaking loss on Saturday to minor premiers Wollongong: 9.7.61 to 4.4.28, a margin which hardly reflects the contest mind you, heads were down and tears flowed.

That is until the women were reminded or their emergence this season.

Sure 2018 had officially come to an end, but it came after the side defeated every foe at least once throughout the season.

And on top of that, 2018 was year which went a long way in proving a Premier Division Women’s team deserves to be running around Kanebridge Oval in 2019.

Finishing 5th in 2017 before rising to 3rd this season, the Eagals made considerable improvements in 2018, completely enhancing ball movement, attack on the footy and most importantly their all round club-commitment and dedication.

The future sure is bright.

With a battle against Western Magic in the Grand Final on the line in a Preliminary Final this past Saturday, Wollongong overcame the Eagals fortunate home ground advantage, starting strong and winning the mental battle early despite both sides aiming up psychically with a multitude of destructive tackles.

The Saints led by 2 goals at 1/4 time, challenging the Eagals to bite back.

That they did, as captain Sarah Ford stood up whilst taking charge of the midfield alongside League Best and Fairest contender Em Goodsir, both breaking the game open to lead the side to within 3 points of the Saints at half-time.

There were only inches in it throughout the 3rd quarter, a period which featured one of the best moments for the club in 2018.

Devoted player and clubwoman Dana Polverino made her long-awaited return from a nasty shoulder injury, to kick a welcomed and crucial goal in the Premiership 3rd quarter.

It lifted the crowd, and sure lifted the women’s intensity for the remainder of the quarter, trailing by only a goal at the final break.

Maddie Ferguson, Brenna Tarrant and Laura Moran continued impressive gameday displays in the 3rd term as well.

Here we go and Game on.

Down to the final quarter, both sides desperate and hungry for victory.

A Grand Final berth beckons

It became clear however in this quarter, that the Eagals couldn’t contain and ultimately fell victim to Wollongong’s powerplay.

All day inside 50, the Wollongong forwards were a headache for Eagal defenders, taking plenty of marks and solidifying dominance.

The ball may go up, but the Saints players knew they’d mark it in front of goal.

The blue and gold charges never gave up, but the Saints eventually ran away with the result, pushing the scoreline out to a 5 goal victory, that as aforementioned did not reflect East Coast’s fight across the four quarters.

But certainly in the last of these 4 quarters, in which Wollongong demanded another shot at the Premiership Cup.

The Eagals’ season was sent packing, but boy are the club proud of their efforts in 2018.

As the most successful team inside Season BM18 at East Coast, the women set the standard and wrote the blueprint for long-term success.

You turn up and train then you rip in on the weekend, together, for each other, with the drive and determination to be successful in finals.

One step short, but one step further in 2018.

One more step towards a maiden grand-final seems inevitable in 2019.

Season BM18

A magnificent one for the EagALS.

More than anyone in the club, they embodied BM – BENCHMARK/BESTMATES – 18.

A sensational endorsement for women’s footy at East Coast.

Wollongong Saints 2.4-16 3.4-22 5.4-34 9.7-61
East Coast Eagles 1.0-6 3.1-19 4.4-28 4.4-28

Wollongong Saints
Goal Kickers: E. Morris 3, R. McGartland 2, P. Davis 2, C. Stanton, L. Donnelly
Best Players: L. Donnelly, J. Stanton, A. Anderson, K. Chan, S. O”Donoghue, P. Davis
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: C. Arndt, E. Goodsir , B. Hourigan, D. Polverino
Best Players: S. Ford, E. Goodsir , M. Ferguson, B. Tarrant, A. Dallaway, L. Moran

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.

Heartstopper in the Hills as Eagles fall short but cling to the last finals spot

Well knock me down and call me Russell, what a thriller. WHAT A GAME.

The most poetic initiation to finals football you will ever come across in AFL football.

It was absolute scenes in the final regular season Round 18 at Kanebridge Oval on Saturday afternoon, amidst windy conditions East Coast fell agonizingly short of an upset victory over table topping North Shore, 8.6.54 to 8.5.53.

The Eagles required victory against the competition heavyweight Bombers to ensure a welcomed finals berth, yet defeat and they leave their fate in the control of fierce local rivals Pennant Hills who faced their own challenge against UNSW.

For 3 quarters, it seemed like East Coast would pull off the victory, be the smarter and most adaptive side in the tricky gameday conditions.

East Coast led at every break, determined and dogged to fulfill the first step in achieving their BM18 goal.

The writing was on the wall for North Shore.

The Eagles were soaring, displaying magnificent will and strength at the contest, pulled the trigger and controlled the pace throughout, but stumbled at the final hurdle of the very last line.

2 goals down and time ticking, the Bombers dug deep to scratch and claw down the deficit.

That they did, with a plucky late behind, North Shore won the match, by just one point.

The final siren, was luck a gun shot to the heavens dispatching of innocent eagles who flew above, such was the silence and heartbreak in the hearts of East Coast Eagle players.

Then came the news Pennant Hills were up on their opponents, a dagger to the soul.

Pennant Hills did indeed win, but not by enough and the Eagles survived the regular season by just 0.46% on the ladder.

Oh what a mess.

What a horror story.

Its no laughing matter, but boy you gotta smile.

What a relief and what a chance East Coast have earnt.

The challenge is now to become the 2nd side in two years, to climb the mountain and win the Premiership from 5th place.

Arguably the best performance of the year before finals. That is exactly the message the Eagles want to be sending their finals competition.

Aaron Drinkwater was remarkable again on Saturday, hitting peak form at the right time, as is terrier Brandon Clark, the most consistent warrior in East Coast’s clutches. Youngster Lewis Waters had his best game as well, proving his worth as a backline CAGE mainstay.

The story of the finals is shaping as a maze of possibilities.

All sides 2nd-5th have had such similar seasons results wise. UNSW, Syndey Uni, Manly and East Coast can beat any of each other on any day.

I firmly believe the tagline throughout the finals series will be ‘Who can catch North Shore?’, and after the weekends result, whose to say it won’t be East Coast despite only holidng 5th spot.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 3.2-20 4.2-26 7.4-46 8.5-53
North Shore Bombers 1.1-7 3.3-21 5.4-34 8.6-54

East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: J. Vlatko 2, D. Costello, B. Clark, R. Haupt, D. Visser, M. Weekes, A. Drinkwater
Best Players: A. Drinkwater, B. Clark, L. Waters, J. Vlatko, R. Haupt, A. Browning
North Shore Bombers
Goal Kickers: M. Wilson 2, W. Blackburne 2, B. Plug, M. Thomas, K. Devlin, Z. Fyffe
Best Players: C. Parsons, N. Campbell, S. Crane, K. Devlin, M. Wilson, C. Murphy


Final 2018 Sydney AFL Home and Away Season Ladder
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 18 16 2 0 1963 1049 187.13 64
2 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 18 12 6 0 1480 1094 135.28 48
3 Sydney University 18 11 7 0 1648 1161 141.95 44
4 Manly Warringah Wolves 18 11 7 0 1485 1153 128.79 44
5 East Coast Eagles 18 11 7 0 1222 1024 119.34 44
6 Pennant Hills Demons 18 11 7 0 1543 1298 118.88 44
7 St George Dragons 18 7 11 0 1260 1594 79.05 28
8 Camden Cats 18 5 13 0 1224 1632 75.00 20
9 UTS Bats 18 4 14 0 1027 1713 59.95 16
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 18 2 16 0 886 2020 43.86 8

Elsewhere at East Coast, Matt O’Connor’s Prems Reserves side officially qualified for finals footy, beating Week 1 opponents North Shore by 4 goals on Saturday. Reserves finished 4th and look forward to an exciting blockbuster of a finals series.

The Under 19’s finished 5th place, yet, a long way off finals footy pace. A solid year for Peter Van Vliet’s young men, plenty of positives and reason to believe 2019 can be their year.

Also, Div2 well and truly left right goodnighted their North Shore opponents on Saturday, winning a 4th game for the season to finish 9th. With that victory, they knocked the Bombers out of finals contention. A much better year for Michal Lambert’s team.

But the strongest placed side for the Eagles going into finals, are the EAGALS. Our Womens Div1 team lost to minor Premiers Wollongong on the weekend, but will return to finals footy, finishing 3rd, and setting up a Week 1 elimination clash against arch rivals Pennant Hills. Phil Bester’s women are without a doubt ready to rumble.

The good times are upon us. The best time of year.

The rollercoaster ride begins again, and everyone at East Coast Eagles cannot wait.

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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.

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Round 3 Snapshot

Premier Division

For the first time in blue and gold colours, Lindsay Scown coached against former club Western Suburbs and boy did the Eagles turn up for their coach. It was a good old fashioned carve up in Round 3, as East Coast did a strong number on their opposition picking up a 93 point win, beating them all over the ground in every aspect of the game. Full-Forward Mark Weekes kicked 8 goals, more than the entire Magpies side, as 18 year-old Lewis Waters gained best-on-ground honours in just his third top grade game. After winning 21.7.133 to 6.4.40 against Wests, East Coach will focus on winning back to back games for the first time in 2018, next week in Round 4.

Read more on the Prems thumping win over Wests – http://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/weekesy-kicks-8-as-east-coast-soar-over-wests/

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Premier Division Reserves

The Eagles got off to a much better start than in Round 2, leading Western Suburbs by 10 points at half time. In the first two quarters, a competitive arm wrestle ensued especially as East Coast struggled to convert numerous chances into goals. It was a much different story in the second half however, as the Magpies could only manage one goal eventually falling by 56 points at the final siren. Although, the Eagles still left a lot to be desired in front of goal kicking 7.10 in the second half, as the final score ended: 14.16.100 to 7.2.44. Alex Foxall and Josh Duncan kicked 3 each in Matthew Scholz’s return game for the club, but utility Jake Roberts was best on ground without a shadow of a doubt. Roberts was unstoppable off half-back, shutting down one of Wests key forwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124992995&c=1-1047-0-477739-0&pool=1

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Under 19’s Division One

Another week, and another loss in the closing moments for the Under 19’s. The future of the Eagles took on the North Shore Bombers in Round 3 and almost pulled off a hellacious upset over a side who has competed in the past four Under 19’s Grand Finals. Dramatically, the Eagles fell at the final hurdle unable to combine and find a way to kick the winning score, losing 5.8.38 to 3.10.28. Three rounds in and zero wins for the Eagles, finals footy may very soon become a bridge too far to climb, but with Saturday Night Footy against Camden in Round 4 this weekend, East Coast have an opportunity to prove the doubters generic cialis tabs wrong. Co-captain Will Mitchell was brutal in defence, rag-dolling many Bombers in a great tackling display. Also, speedy half-back flanker Cameron Wood played his best game of the year, as did Ruckman Tom Grove who fired up against old Bomber teammates.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052686&c=1-1047-0-477740-0&pool=1


Women’s Division One

After a pulsating one point win against Western Magic in Round 2, the Eagals only conceded one point in their Round 3 meeting against Sydney Uni at Kanebridge Oval. But they scored One Hundred and Two. Yes, it was as one-sided as you’ll ever see, with the Eagle women winning 15.12.102 to 0.1.1, once again putting together a four quarter team effort and displaying a killer instinct that coach Phil Bester couldn’t be more proud of. The Eagals continue to play smart and committed footy not afraid to take the game on and beat their opponents with speed, a trademark that midfielders Em Goodsir and Ally Dallaway are consistently producing in 2018, as they were again outstanding on the weekend. Meanwhile, Tara Killminster was lethal in front of goals kicking 5 majors tacking her tally to 8 for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125053001&c=1-1047-0-477743-0&pool=1

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Division Two

The grass sure was greener at Kanebridge Oval this past Saturday as Division Two secured their first win of the season, and yet another thumping victory for the club on a day where East Coast dominated. This particular result was a long time coming for Division Two, with the Eagles maintaining destructive and dazzling form against a hapless Western Suburbs side, 17.17.121 to 3.3.19. It is a positive sign for the sides development that a more consistent goalkicking record could have boosted the winning margin, as the Twos’ are beginning to prove a handful inside their forward half, constantly keeping the pill locked in their forward 50 with impressive defensive pressure. AC Mohammad was unstoppable on this day, kicking 3 as the clear best on ground whilst James Salvador is beginning to find his best form, bringing his infectious presence and passion to a side that is up and about after this 100 point win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052620&c=1-1047-0-477741-0&pool=1

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Round 4 Fixtures

U19’s Division 1 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 6.10pm
Premier Division 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 3.40pm
Premier Division Reserves 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 1.40pm
Men’s Division 2 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 11.50am
Women’s Division 1 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Wollongong East Coast North Dalton Park 1.00pm

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Round 2 Snapshot

Premier Division:

After a strong Round 1 performance against St George, the East Coast Eagles Premier Division side backed up in Round 2 falling short against Sydney University by 10 points. In a closely fought battle where momentum was difficult to sustain over long periods, Uni proved clinical enough to take the points and remain undefeated, despite a wave of defensive and tackling pressure inflicted by the Eagles across four quarters. Stuart Turner was fantastic again laying 15 tackles, and gun utility Trent Stubbs dominated up forward kicking 4 goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more on the Prems loss to Sydney University – http://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/the-students-topple-the-eagles-in-a-colossal-round-2-showdown/

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Premier Division Reserves:

Alike the Prems, the Reserves despite cruising to victory in Round 1 met far greater opposition this past weekend. The Eagles were stunned in the first quarter by Sydney University, not registering a score, and it was only atrocious kicking from Uni to the tune of 2.10.22 that prevented a total whitewash before the match had barely begun. Trailing at half-time by 34 points, the Eagles fought hard with a small comeback narrowing the margin to a couple of goals at the final break. However, Uni played smart tempo footy to nullify any push the Eagles spiritedly could mount in the last quarter. Veterans Daniel Spiteri, Ryan Fitton and Jared Patira were once again tremendous in the 9.18.72 to 7.7.49 loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124992816&c=1-1047-0-477739-0&pool=1

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Under 19’s Division One:

Never in my footballing career have a returned to a changeroom with a team so deflated. The footy gods can be cruel sometimes and the East Coast 19’s side painfully learnt that against Sydney University who kicked two goals in the final minute to sink the devastated Eagles by just 4 points. Whilst an improvement on Round 1, East Coast still have a lot to work on to be considered a threat in this competition. Nevertheless, the backline were immense in this clash as Matt McVey, Cal O’Donnell and Bailey Sims dominated, repelling numerous entries into the forward line and igniting speedy passages of play up the ground. Co-Captain Will Mitchell was also outstanding, emerging as a  dynamic tackling two-way midfielder who willingly puts his body on the line. The forthcoming cheap viagra sale Round 3 clash with North Shore shapes as must-win football earlier than expected for the 19’s.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125053024&c=1-1047-0-477740-0&pool=1

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Women’s Division One:

How proud are we of our Eagals, the only victorious East Coast side from the weekend. A classic battle between two hungry sides, the East Coast women were pushed to their absolute limits against an injury ravaged Western Magic, scraping home by a solitary point. They knew it would be a tough game, and the Eagals promised to never say die, displaying exceptional courage and resilience in front of many happy supporters. The Eagals have hit 2018 with a purpose, reinvigorating their side with a difficult to defend run against the play style of football, however, backline exits remain an area that needs improvement. These are the sort of wins that strengthen a football side and define the potential of a playing group. To grind out a 1 point win, is a moment that will surely inspire an exciting season for the East Coast women, who are sure to go very close in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game –  http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052913&c=1-1047-0-477743-0&pool=1

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Division Two:

The end scoreline of 13.9.87 to 1.6.12 did not reflect the effort and tenacity of the Eagles second division side against Sydney University, as they showed that they are clearly building something special, yet, recognizing that all great rebuilds take time. Coach Michael Lambert noted after the game that he was impressed by the run and carry provided out of the backline, communication through the midfield and second efforts in the forward line. However, clearance and forward 50 entries are areas which still must improve in order for the 2’s to start being more competitive. Troy Jones was best on in the midfield, and Dave Berger ended the game with a broken nose. It was that sort of night for the Eagles.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052677&c=1-1047-0-477741-0&pool=1

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Get ready for Round 3, because we’re back at home.

Round 3 Fixtures:

Women’s Division One – vs Sydney Uni @Kanebridge Oval 9:00am
Division Two – vs Western Suburbs @Kanebridge Oval 10:40am
Premier Division Reserves – vs Western Suburbs @Kanebridge Oval 12:20pm
Premier Division – vs Western Suburbs @Kanebridge Oval 2:50pm
Under 19’s Division One – vs North Shore @Kanebridge Oval 4:50pm

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The East Coast ‘Eagals’ win their first game in Women’s Div One

Zoe Watson marks strongly

Congratulations to the East Coast ‘Eagals’ (as they love to call themselves) in winning their first ever game of footy by 33 points against Sydney Uni in Round 1 on April 1st 2017.

Thanks to Andrew McMurtry at the Rouse Hill Courier who went with the following story in Monday’s paper.

You can see the on-line version by clicking here.

 

The East Coast Eagles women’s side has claimed a 33-point win in its first match in the Sydney AFL division one women’s competition on Saturday.

Playing fellow debutants the Sydney University Bombers, a strong second quarter gave the Eagles a 25-point lead at half-time, eventually running away 7.17 (59) to 4.2 (26) winners.

Inaugural women’s captain Sarah Ford said she was thrilled by the result. “I’m speechless, I just couldn’t be prouder of those girls,” she said.

“I wish we kicked a bit straighter but for some of these girls, they only picked up a ball three weeks ago so we could not be any happier.”

For Ford, who was voted captain by her teammates, said it was a huge honour to lead the team to its first win.

Having been around the club for over a decade supporting her brothers, it was her first regular season game with only five of the Eagles boasting football experience.

“To be able to be a part of it, not just as a supporter but as a player, is just amazing,” she said. 

“There are so many girls in the same situation and they’ve been around for ages and there’s no other club we’d rather play for.”

After the success of the national AFL Women’s competition earlier this year, club president Jon Gawley said an Eagles women’s team had been on the cards for quite some time.

“There has been a growing interest in women’s footy for years,” he said.

“I honestly think it will just grow and grow and it will complement the whole football club as well.

“For the club, it’s the direction the AFL is going and we’re glad to embrace it.”

With the women’s side kicking off the season with a win, it was a mixed weekend across the other grades with a huge 13.19 (97) to 0.1 (1) win over the South West Sydney Magpies in division four, but losses in all three other grades.

The under-19’s side went down 12.15 (87) to 7.7 (49) to Sydney University, Reserve Grade lost 11.10 (76) to 10.7 (67) to the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs and the defending champions in Premier Division were edged out 11.6 (72) to 10.10 (70) also by the Bulldogs.