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