Eagles snack on Cats to surge back into the Top 5

To play finals footy, the best sides don’t drop games they should win.

This clash against Camden was just that for the Eagles, and it was a task they passed with flying colours.

The East Coast Eagles continue their love affair with the Top 5 fringe, slotting back into 5th spot with a crucial 26 point victory against a gallant but feisty Camden Cats outfit at Kanebridge Oval in Round 12, 8.16.64 to 5.8.38.

After losing gun midfielder Brandon Clark to an obscure burst eardrum in the early stages of the opening quarter, veteran bearded Ruck-man Andrew ‘AB’ Browning played his best game of 2018, dominating Camden’s centre.

Easily on top in the first half, tripling the Cats’ shots on goal during this time, the Eagles’ form stalled somewhat in the Premiership quarter, yet still taking a 22 point lead into the final quarter.

However, Camden were lacking a killer blow or player to challenge a response from East Coast in the dying stages, ultimately succumbing to the crumbling defensive pressure of the Eagles back-line which has made their ‘CAGE’ so fearsome in the past months.

The challenge is and will continue to be for the Eagles to keep playing consistent footy and pick up some important victories against sides above them on the ladder, beginning next week with a grand contest against Manly Warringah again at Kanebridge.

BM18!!

East Coast Eagles 3.4-22 6.9-45 7.11-53 8.16-64
Camden Cats 2.1-13 2.3-15 4.7-31 5.8-38
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: T. Stubbs 2, M. Weekes 2, K. Merson, R. Haupt, D. Steer, P. Vlatko
Best Players: A. Browning, A. Drinkwater, K. Emery, D. Costello, K. Merson
Camden Cats
Goal Kickers: J. Bottin-Noonan 2, K. Churchill, M. Maher, B. Yakimov
Best Players: K. Veerhuis, M. Edwards, N. Kenny, J. Bottin-Noonan, M. Sapiatzer, D. Leary
2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after Round 12

POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 12 10 2 0 1260 768 164.06 40
2 Manly Warringah Wolves 12 8 4 0 996 730 136.44 32
3 Pennant Hills Demons 12 8 4 0 1069 813 131.49 32
4 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 12 8 4 0 925 738 125.34 32
5 East Coast Eagles 12 7 5 0 833 740 112.57 28
6 Sydney University 12 6 6 0 996 784 127.04 24
7 Camden Cats 12 4 8 0 891 984 90.55 16
8 St George Dragons 12 4 8 0 732 1121 65.30 16
9 UTS Bats 12 3 9 0 669 1073 62.35 12
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 12 2 10 0 668 1288 51.86 8