Well what a day for the East Coast Eagles.
Tremendous results throughout the day for the Women’s side and Under 19s especially, as well as for the club Comedy Night which was a raging success.
However, the most celebrated victory was in the Premier Division, as the Eagles stuck strong for four quarters of tantalizing footy and knocked off Sydney University by 13 points: 8.5.53 to 5.10.40.
Playing for the Gordon-Physick Cup, the Students started well, kicking 3 goals to 1 in the opening quarter but were left to rue key missed opportunities in front of goal across the remaining three stanzas.
Chances, that their opponents did not waste.
The Eagles turned in they’re best performance to date in 2018, combining youth with experience and never looking behind the pace defensively, proving far too consistent across the ground for Sydney Uni, a side East Coast fell to back in Round 2.
Led by vice-captain Trent Stubbs, who kicked three goals in a best on ground performance. One of which will have strong goal of the year credentials at the end of the season, with Stubbs nailing an unbelievable right foot banana deep in the Kanebridge Oval forward pocket in the second quarter. It was this goal that really cemented momentum for the Eagles, as they and Stubbs never looked back on their way to victory.
Veterans Kieran Emery, Dean Costello and club legend Jon Vlatko were also monumental in the win, a result which has usurped East Coast above Uni on the ladder, sending them into 5th spot and Sydney tumbling outside the Top 5.
The Premier Division side at East Coast has experienced a changing of the guard in 2018.
A new era.
And whilst, they have had their ups and down across the first 10 weeks of the competition, this result is a reflection of the hard work the playing group, coaching group and support staff from day dot in 2018.
It shows that despite inconsistencies, this side is capable of anything in 2018.
The Eagles had their most valuable win of the season on Saturday, but coming up next week is the biggest challenge in the game.
They meet table toppers North Shore in a Kanebridge Oval blockbuster.
A huge rivalry is set to come to a head in Round 11, as the Bombers, who have been using Kanebridge as their home ground this year whilst Mortgage Choice Oval is under renovations, will look to decisively steal East Coast territory straight from under them.
After righting early season wrongs against Sydney University, East Coast will lay it all on the line next week.
Expect an Epic Battle.
|East Coast Eagles||1.1-7||3.2-20||8.2-50||8.5-53|
Best Players: T. Stubbs, K. Emery, R. Haupt, D. Costello, D. Visser, J. Vlatko
Best Players: M. Krochmal, J. Swarts, M. Valastro, M. Nettheim, A. Birman, J. Cole
|1||North Shore Bombers||10||9||1||0||1103||639||172.61||36|
|2||Pennant Hills Demons||10||8||2||0||943||668||141.17||32|
|3||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||10||6||4||0||775||609||127.26||24|
|4||Manly Warringah Wolves||10||6||4||0||798||649||122.96||24|
|5||East Coast Eagles||10||6||4||0||715||604||118.38||24|
|9||St George Dragons||10||2||8||0||554||989||56.02||8|
|10||Western Suburbs Magpies||10||1||9||0||522||1119||46.65||4|