With greater things on the horizon for East Coast, namely the 2018 Sydney AFL Premiership Match of the Year on Back to Baulko day against the Pennant Hills enemy, the Eagles brushed off a shaky start and cruise to a deserved 6 goal victory.
Whether or not it was a cursed hostile return at Picken Oval for Eagles coach Lindsay Scown in Round 15, he need not worry as birthday boy Stuart Turner continued his hot form, and forward Mark Weekes found some in a 4 goal performance that lead East Coast to a 38 point win over they’re western neighbours: 11.10.76 to 4.14.38.
Turner was excellent, and so was big bearded ruckman AB as Browning continues his love affair with the Picken Oval grass. AB was as calculating and fearsome as ever on the weekend.
Karl Merson was destructive out of the middle and constantly pushed his weight around at the stoppage, Wests struggling side had no answers.
Derrick Visser had his best game of the year, as the big fella is really starting to understand what makes him so damaging across the field and has enhanced the East Coast’s Premier Division Premiership push undoubtedly.
Former Magpies Reuben Haupt and Jordan Etto (there’s your mention mate), also got one back on the old guard, kicking a goal each at the old stomping ground.
It was a proud performance by the Eagles last Saturday, and their recent rise is epitomized by no few more than the unstoppable ‘CAGE’.
East Coast’s backline has undergone a remarkable transformation in 2018 even in the abscence of Luke Mansour and captain Ben Bourke in recent weeks, although the skippers return this past weekend was instrumental in the victory. The back 6 have repelled more opposition attacking moves than it has conceded, and continue to impact there side in attack.
After 15 competition rounds, East Coast have conceded less points then any other side, averaging only 56 points a game, 1st in the league, and 4 less points then the next best being table toppers North Shore (60 points a game).
Yet, despite enjoying a 4 game winning run, coach Lindsay Scown calls that all his players do not lose focus.
Maturity is key at the time of year, and with a very competitive top 6, the job is not done, and 2nd place could quickly and complacently become 6th of worse if the switch turns off.
IT IS A HUGE FEW WEEKS COMING UP.
BACK TO BAULKO IS HERE, THE DATE HAS BEEN SAVED, THE CLASH IS SET.
2ND VS 5TH. EAGLES VS DEMONS. CAREY VS TURNER.
OLD BOYS DAY
BACK TO BAULKO
All past, current and future players, club-people and supporters of the East Coast Eagles, Baulkham Hills Falcons and co, get down to Kanebridge Oval for all 5 games throughout the best day on the Sydney AFL calender.
WE CAN’T WAIT
Best Players: E. Cole, C. Dell, N. Eynaud, T. Blake, J. Robinson, M. Magee
Best Players: S. Turner, A. Drinkwater, A. Browning, J. Vlatko, K. Emery, D. Visser
|1||North Shore Bombers||15||13||2||0||1619||904||179.09||52|
|2||East Coast Eagles||15||10||5||0||1051||840||125.12||40|
|3||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||15||10||5||0||1174||943||124.50||40|
|4||Manly Warringah Wolves||15||9||6||0||1177||974||120.84||36|
|5||Pennant Hills Demons||15||9||6||0||1309||1144||114.42||36|
|7||St George Dragons||15||6||9||0||1069||1315||81.29||24|
|10||Western Suburbs Magpies||15||2||13||0||793||1614||49.13||8|