In 2017 East Coast entered their first team into the Sydney AFL Women’s competition. Taking things one step at a time the girls (or Eagals as they love to call themselves) are playing in the Women’s Division One competition as they begin to learn the skills and intricacies of AFL footy.
Including the Kellyville Rouse Hill Magpies U18 girls’ team, East Coast have upwards of 50 ladies currently training and the start of season 2017 can’t come quickly enough for them.
In 2017, the Eagals were coached by Jackson Cosgrove and Brent Trewin, managed by Bronwyn Bailey, and captained by League Best and Fairest Runner-Up Sarah Ford.
The history making side’s debut match is documented below:
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.”
Throughout the 2017 season, the Eagals remained committed to each other and their club, to showcase there skills and make a name for themselves.
The Eagals represented the club each week in admirable fashion, playing with outstanding determination, as they used this desire to find themselves deservedly playing finals football in their debut season.
After finishing 5th in the home and away season with 10 wins and 7 losses, the Eagals were unfortunately defeated in a close affair with rivals Pennant Hills Demons, 48-35, at Henson Park in Week 1 of the Finals.
A disappointing result, however, it must not be forgotten the incredible efforts of all players, coaches and officials involved with the Eagals in season 2017, who must be congratulated on their efforts.
Special mention goes to Eagals forward/midfielder Chloe Arndt, who at only 17 years of age, travelled to Melbourne at the end of the season to partake in the 2017 AFLW Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium. The East Coast Eagles are tremendously proud of Chloe, and she is to be commended for her efforts.
Everyone at the East Coast Eagles are extremely proud of the Eagals, and cannot wait for what is in store in 2018, which only promises to be an even bigger better and more successful season under newly inducted Life Member Phil Bester, who takes over the coaching reins from Cosgrove and Trewin.
The Eagals in 2017 Snapshot:
Ladder Position: 5th (40 Points)
Highest Score: 115- vs Newtown (Round 2, 115-0), vs Camden (Round 4, 9-115)
Highest Winning Margin: 115 vs Newtown (Round 2, 115-0)
Longest Winning Run: 3- Rounds 6-8, 12-14
Most Goals in a Game: Amy Stedman- 5 vs Newtown, Round 2
Best and Fairest: Sarah Ford (Captain)
Runner-Up: Ally Dallaway
Coaches Award: Stephanie Jenkins
Most Improved: Julia Williams
Players’ Player: Emily Goodsir
Find out more about the EAGLES performances in 2017, by clicking the link below: