Eagles fire up and bounce back against UTS

Called out over the past fortnight for complacent performances leading to a slight slide down the ladder, the East Coast Eagles strongly responded on home deck with a 3 goal win over the UTS Bats, 11.12.78 to 8.11.59 at Kanebridge Oval.

Approaching Round 7 after back-to-back losses, the Eagles were desperate to return to the winners circle, welcoming the returns of key players Karl Merson and Trent Stubbs.

However, losing captain Ben Bourke to a hamstring injury early in proceedings raised concerning fears that the Eagles would crumble without Bourke’s strong leadership.

This provided the ultimate opportunity for the entire side to step up and prove their doubters wrong, and so they did with a dominant second quarter kicking 5 goals to the Bats 1.

Dan Saywell was especially impressive in front of the sticks, kicking 2 goals, his first for a number of years.

The Eagles controlled the game and never overplayed their hand, returning to the smart and fast style of footy that blew teams off the park across the opening month.

A key feature of East Coast’s game on Saturday was a ruthless pressure off half-back, rebounding out of their defensive 50. Two players in particular, Thomas Zdrillic and Luke Mansour, played huge roles and have both been immense since returning to Premier Division, reinventing themselves in 2018 as underrated key players willing to run and tackle out of the backline, whilst getting plenty of the pill.

I’ve got to give a wrap to Mansour especially, after just 2 games as a new player to the club, battling through an obscure facial injury keeping him sidelined for early in the season, the lean but lethal utility has earnt his first grade spot and never looked back, becoming a significant player in Lindsay Scown’s side.

Look at Luke fly! I predict a mark of the year contender from Mansour in the coming weeks.

The weekends result, was a much needed step in the right direction for East Coast. It lifts the clubs spirit and gains momentum for this coming week and the local derby showdown with fierce rivals Pennant Hills.

Away from home, the Eagles have a humongous task on their hands against the defending Premiers. So much has been made of the local rivalry and distaste both teams have for each other. This rivalry is as personal as it is territorial and always makes for intense and exciting viewing.

The challenge is to continue the newfound form and extend a winning run, because no one wants to lose this game.

This writer cannot wait.

 Round 7 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 1.1-7 6.2-38 9.7-61 11.12-78
UTS Bats 1.5-11 3.9-27 4.10-34 8.11-59

East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: J. Large 2, K. Merson 2, J. Vlatko 2, D. Saywell 2, Z. Johns 2, S. Turner
Best Players: K. Merson, B. Clark, L. Mansour, S. Turner, K. Emery, Z. Johns

UTS Bats
Goal Kickers: P. O”Rourke 2, E. Thwaites 2, H. Callahan, J. Crameri, C. Wooles, T. Zilm
Best Players: A. Tarrant, M. Foley , M. May, R. Kirkhope, P. O”Rourke, A. Johnson
Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after Round 7
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 7 7 0 0 803 357 224.93 28
2 Sydney University 7 5 2 0 630 392 160.71 20
3 Pennant Hills Demons 7 5 2 0 588 506 116.21 20
4 East Coast Eagles 7 4 3 0 542 397 136.52 16
5 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 7 4 3 0 530 426 124.41 16
6 Manly Warringah Wolves 7 3 4 0 484 517 93.62 12
7 Camden Cats 7 2 5 0 561 611 91.82 8
8 UTS Bats 7 2 5 0 406 563 72.11 8
9 St George Dragons 7 2 5 0 371 734 50.54 8
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 7 1 6 0 396 808 49.01 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back2Sqaure1: Wolves freeze Eagles momentum

This writer learnt a very important lesson this past weekend.

NEVER COUNT OUT A WEAKER OPPONENT

Complacency is the most dangerous word in the English language, and it can be said that every East Coast Eagles side became victims of this devil on Saturday, achieving back-to-back losses for the first time in 2018.

The locals call it a graveyard….. and Weldon Oval delivered on its promise, as Manly buried their East Coast opponents along with any credentials as competitions hotshots.

The Eagles Premier Division side seemingly matched up stronger against a less competitive Manly Warringah Wolves , yet couldn’t fire a shot on a chilly afternoon where Wolves howled and Eagles frowned.

Yes, there was wind. Yes, there was rain.

Although, still was the constant variable in 22 players either side, on a day where conditions were not perfect for footy and the winner would purely be decided by one thing: Who wanted it more.

So its a worry that the Eagles lost by 5 goals.

Gone was the grunt and run from the first month, along with the smart and potent skills that saw East Coast demolish St George and Wests on home soils earlier in the season.

The Eagles did not start well despite leading by a goal after two quarters. They struggled to capitalize on Inside Forward50 opportunities, lacking the leadership and direction without the injured Trent Stubbs, as gun forward Mark Weekes went goalless.

Once both teams returned for the second half, it was clear that the Eagles weren’t prepared to run themselves out of the hole that continually deepened throughout the 3rd quarter, with Manly blowing Eagles off the park kicking 5 goals to 0.

East Coast’s back-line were also significantly weakened without Full-Back and Captain Ben Bourke, as Manly forward pocket Anthony Robertson claimed best on ground honors kicking 5 goals.

The Eagles still remain inside the top, yet, at 3 wins and 3 losses, they must return back to square one and do some quick soul-searching before a crucial crunch game at home against UTS this coming Saturday.

The losses will hurt at the moment, but East Coast can blame no-one but themselves.

Manly Warringah Wolves 2.2-14 2.5-17 7.8-50 10.11-71
East Coast Eagles 1.1-7 3.5-23 3.6-24 5.8-38
Manly Warringah Wolves
Goal Kickers: A. Robertson 5, L. Kilpatrick, L. Brain, C. Pettersson, H. Washington, A. Butler, J. Bennett
Best Players: A. Robertson, H. Washington, L. Kilpatrick, A. Butler, L. Brain, C. Pettersson
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: P. Vlatko 2, J. Large, D. Spiteri, R. Haupt
Best Players: D. Spiteri, L. Mansour, T. Zdrilic, J. Etto, B. Clark
Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after Round 6
POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 6 6 0 0 663 318 208.49 24
2 Sydney University 6 4 2 0 567 332 170.78 16
3 Pennant Hills Demons 6 4 2 0 505 427 118.27 16
4 East Coast Eagles 6 3 3 0 464 338 137.28 12
5 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 6 3 3 0 396 373 106.17 12
6 Manly Warringah Wolves 6 3 3 0 424 454 93.39 12
7 Camden Cats 6 2 4 0 482 528 91.29 8
8 UTS Bats 6 2 4 0 347 485 71.55 8
9 St George Dragons 6 2 4 0 332 594 55.89 8
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 6 1 5 0 343 674 50.89 4

Milestone Game

This weekend we have one Eagle playing a milestone game:

Congratulations Andrew Tumminello playing his 150th Club Game against Manly @Weldon Oval 6:10pm for our Division Two  side.

Well done Tumma.

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Eagles go down in a close one to hungry Bulldogs

Five weeks into 2018, and not much has changed at East Coast.

Brandon Clark continues to tap into his frightening BEAST mode.

Trent Stubbs has remained one of the form players of the competition

The young Eagles in O’Brien, Waters and Wilson impress week-in-week-out

Mark Weekes is still atop of the league leading goalkickers tally

But the biggest and most crucial element that has yet to waver, the greatest burden the Eagles have yet to overcome is something that all good teams suffer from at some stage during long season.

However, it takes only the great teams to band together and spit in its face.

Of course I am talking about: INCONSISTENTCY

Did you expect a scarier word?

Trust me, it can become an unresolved issue that can unravel seasons.

Heading into Round 5, the Eagles were 3-1 and their opponents UNSW were 1-3, yet this game had a much more even feel about it then the numbers suggested.

After defeating Camden in Round 4 a lot less convincingly then they should have, the Eagles had the opportunity to fly high and stand out on their home ground and cement their irremovable place in the Top 4, despite being without captain Ben Bourke.

At the final siren however, the margin was only a goal and the Eagles were not rocking, but left sorely disappointed after going down 10.7.67 – 9.7.61 to a hungrier UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs side.

Still sitting in 3rd place, the Eagles remain firm contenders for the Premiership in the 2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division, but they need a bit more run and grunt across the board, to be considered the competition BENCHMARK at the halfway line in about a months time.

Panic stations are not yet active at East Coast, but the inconsistencies in their game must improve or risk the potential of a truly great season, that may eventually leave plenty to be desired.

FIRE UP EAGLES.

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 http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124992870&c=1-1047-0-475699-0&pool=1
 ROUND 5 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
East Coast Eagles 2.3-15 5.4-34 8.5-53 9.7-61
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2.3-15 4.6-30 6.6-42 10.7-67
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: T. Stubbs 4, M. Weekes 2, J.Etto, P.Vlatko, J. Vlatko
Best Players: B. Clark, T. Stubbs, C. O”Brien, S. Turner, D. Spiteri, M. Weekes

UNSW Eastern Sububrs Bulldogs
Goak Kickers: T. Dickson 4, T. Chichester 2, A. Foote, T. Banuelos, B. Hyndes, K. Reynolds-Erler
Best Players: D. Pfeiffer, T. Dickson, M. Thompson, T. Banuelos, A. Foote, M. Ries

2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after Round 5

POS TEAM P W L D F A % PTS
1 North Shore Bombers 5 5 0 0 492 281 175.09 20
2 Sydney University 5 4 1 0 500 264 189.39 16
3 East Coast Eagles 5 3 2 0 426 267 159.55 12
4 Pennant Hills Demons 5 3 2 0 426 380 112.11 12
5 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 5 2 3 0 328 306 107.19 8
6 Camden Cats 5 2 3 0 393 435 90.34 8
7 Manly Warringah Wolves 5 2 3 0 353 416 84.86 8
8 UTS Bats 5 2 3 0 300 406 73.89 8
9 Western Suburbs Magpies 5 1 4 0 306 503 60.83 4
10 St George Dragons 5 1 4 0 239 505 47.33 4

 

 

Round 4 Team Selections

Premier Division vs Camden @Fairfax Oval 3:40pm

Backs: Jake Roberts, Ben Bourke (c), Jon Vlatko
Half-Backs: Kieran Emery, Yannick Malligan-Saville, Lewis Waters
Centres: Jordan Etto, Daniel Spiteri, Connor O’Brien
Half-Forwards: Reuben Haupt, Jamie Vlatko, Peter Vlatko
Forwards: Brandon Clark, Mark Weekes, Trent Stubbs
Followers: Andrew Browning, Karl Merson, Eugene Kruger
Bench: Zach Johns, Cam Wilson, Nate Campbell, Jimmy Regan
Coach: Lindsay Scown

INs: Regan, Roberts, P. Vlatko, Kruger, Bourke
OUTS:
Steer, Saywell, Stewart, Turner, Drinkwater

Congratulations to Jake Roberts making his Premier Division debut this weekend

Premier Division Reserves vs Camden @Fairfax Oval 1:40pm

Backs: Xander Van Vliet, Nick Johns, Matthew Scholz
Half-Backs: Brendon Vielhauer, Josh Cutting, Thomas Zdrillic
Centres: Martin Karafalis, Dean Costello, Luke Mansour
Half-Forwards: Josh Duncan, Alex Foxall, Thomas Polverino
Forwards: Blake Jones, Jared Patira, Damien Gatte
Followers: Lachie Cox, Daniel O’Connor, Ryan Fitton (c)
Bench: Mitchell Perl, AJ Baddock, AC Mohammed, Xander Newton, Thomas Stewart
Coach: Matt O’Connor

INs: Mohammed, Newton, Cutting, Zdrillic, Mansour
OUTs:
Trewin, Waterhouse, Roberts, Ford

Congratulations to Luke Mansour making his club debut this weekend

Under 19’s Division One vs Camden @Fairfax Oval 6:10pm

Backs: Cam Wood, Calum Sproull, Brock McMillan
Half-Backs: Callum O’Donnell, Bailey Sims, Luke Jackson
Centres: Corey Dowle, Josh Large (cc), Will Mitchell (cc)
Half-Forwards: Andre Sultana, Matt Dowers, Keegan Brady
Forwards: Will Cashmore, Jono Blunden, Nathan Adams
Followers: Alex Hunter, Dan Saywell, Oskar Bieganski
Bench: Adam Mrazek. Jared Calear King, Tim Arthur, Jamie Murphy
Coach: Peter Van Vliet

INs: Saywell, Calear King, Blunden, Murphy, Jackson, Brady, Dowle
OUTs: McVey, Visser, Garnett, Van Vliet, Grove

Congratulations to Jared Calear King and Jamie Murphy making their club debuts this weekend

Women’s Division One vs Wollongong @North Dalton Park 1pm

Backs: Maddie Ferguson, Breanna Donnellan, Alexandra O’Grady
Half-Backs: Dana Polverino, Jordy Roughan (c), Naomi Richardson
Centres: Caiti Rogers, Chloe Arndt, Meg Gasser
Half-Forwards: Bailee Hourigan, Laura Moran, Tara Kilminster
Forwards: Georgia Bower, Brenna Tarrant, Ally Dallaway
Followers: Em Goodsir, Amy Stedman, Jess Bannerman
Bench: Kayla Treadgold-Simons, Aimee Cornwall, Bobbi Kelly
Coach: Phi Bester

INs: Bower, Treadgold-Simons, Bannerman
OUTS:
 Torpy, Deith

Division Two vs Camden @Fairfax Oval 11:50am

Backs: Daniel Bull, Jack De Goia, James Adler
Half-Backs: Stephen Tumminello , Andrew Tumminello , Jake Simpson
Centres: James Salvador, Troy Jones, Mitchell Perl
Half-Forwards: Xander Newton, Adam Dawes, Mathew Hall
Forwards: Ben Bridie, Lochlan Fisher, Sam Abouzeid
Followers: Andrew Bean, Darren Mahenthirarajah, Benjamin King
Bench: Josh LeGuier, Eamon Daley, Ben Gualterio, Dave Taylor
Coach: Michael Lambert

INs: Newton, Perl, Daley
OUTs:
Hay, Thompson, Organ, AC

Good Luck to all East Coast Eagles sides today in Round 4

Go the Eagles

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Round 3 Snapshot

Premier Division

For the first time in blue and gold colours, Lindsay Scown coached against former club Western Suburbs and boy did the Eagles turn up for their coach. It was a good old fashioned carve up in Round 3, as East Coast did a strong number on their opposition picking up a 93 point win, beating them all over the ground in every aspect of the game. Full-Forward Mark Weekes kicked 8 goals, more than the entire Magpies side, as 18 year-old Lewis Waters gained best-on-ground honours in just his third top grade game. After winning 21.7.133 to 6.4.40 against Wests, East Coach will focus on winning back to back games for the first time in 2018, next week in Round 4.

Read more on the Prems thumping win over Wests – http://www.eastcoasteagles.com.au/weekesy-kicks-8-as-east-coast-soar-over-wests/

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Premier Division Reserves

The Eagles got off to a much better start than in Round 2, leading Western Suburbs by 10 points at half time. In the first two quarters, a competitive arm wrestle ensued especially as East Coast struggled to convert numerous chances into goals. It was a much different story in the second half however, as the Magpies could only manage one goal eventually falling by 56 points at the final siren. Although, the Eagles still left a lot to be desired in front of goal kicking 7.10 in the second half, as the final score ended: 14.16.100 to 7.2.44. Alex Foxall and Josh Duncan kicked 3 each in Matthew Scholz’s return game for the club, but utility Jake Roberts was best on ground without a shadow of a doubt. Roberts was unstoppable off half-back, shutting down one of Wests key forwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=124992995&c=1-1047-0-477739-0&pool=1

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Under 19’s Division One

Another week, and another loss in the closing moments for the Under 19’s. The future of the Eagles took on the North Shore Bombers in Round 3 and almost pulled off a hellacious upset over a side who has competed in the past four Under 19’s Grand Finals. Dramatically, the Eagles fell at the final hurdle unable to combine and find a way to kick the winning score, losing 5.8.38 to 3.10.28. Three rounds in and zero wins for the Eagles, finals footy may very soon become a bridge too far to climb, but with Saturday Night Footy against Camden in Round 4 this weekend, East Coast have an opportunity to prove the doubters wrong. Co-captain Will Mitchell was brutal in defence, rag-dolling many Bombers in a great tackling display. Also, speedy half-back flanker Cameron Wood played his best game of the year, as did Ruckman Tom Grove who fired up against old Bomber teammates.

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052686&c=1-1047-0-477740-0&pool=1


Women’s Division One

After a pulsating one point win against Western Magic in Round 2, the Eagals only conceded one point in their Round 3 meeting against Sydney Uni at Kanebridge Oval. But they scored One Hundred and Two. Yes, it was as one-sided as you’ll ever see, with the Eagle women winning 15.12.102 to 0.1.1, once again putting together a four quarter team effort and displaying a killer instinct that coach Phil Bester couldn’t be more proud of. The Eagals continue to play smart and committed footy not afraid to take the game on and beat their opponents with speed, a trademark that midfielders Em Goodsir and Ally Dallaway are consistently producing in 2018, as they were again outstanding on the weekend. Meanwhile, Tara Killminster was lethal in front of goals kicking 5 majors tacking her tally to 8 for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125053001&c=1-1047-0-477743-0&pool=1

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Division Two

The grass sure was greener at Kanebridge Oval this past Saturday as Division Two secured their first win of the season, and yet another thumping victory for the club on a day where East Coast dominated. This particular result was a long time coming for Division Two, with the Eagles maintaining destructive and dazzling form against a hapless Western Suburbs side, 17.17.121 to 3.3.19. It is a positive sign for the sides development that a more consistent goalkicking record could have boosted the winning margin, as the Twos’ are beginning to prove a handful inside their forward half, constantly keeping the pill locked in their forward 50 with impressive defensive pressure. AC Mohammad was unstoppable on this day, kicking 3 as the clear best on ground whilst James Salvador is beginning to find his best form, bringing his infectious presence and passion to a side that is up and about after this 100 point win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the game – http://websites.sportstg.com/round_info.cgi?a=MATCH&fixture=125052620&c=1-1047-0-477741-0&pool=1

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Round 4 Fixtures

U19’s Division 1 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 6.10pm
Premier Division 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 3.40pm
Premier Division Reserves 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 1.40pm
Men’s Division 2 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Camden East Coast Fairfax Reserve 11.50am
Women’s Division 1 4 Saturday, 28 April 2018 Wollongong East Coast North Dalton Park 1.00pm

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Eagles Acadmey Golf Day

The Eagles Academy Golf Day will be held on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Riverside Oaks Golf Club where the day promises to be lots of fun.

There are three types of registration packages available for the golf day. Please click here to find out more information. If you can’t play on the day and want to help out contact Glenn MacKay – eceaglesacademy@gmail.com

The day is the major fundraiser for the Eagles Academy Victorian Tour and will include:

  • Hole in One – Win a Subaru valued at $40,000
  • 18 Holes with a cart
  • Bacon & Egg Roll breakfast
  • 8am shotgun start (Ambrose Format)
  • Entry 3 prize holes – hole in one, nearest the pin, longest/straightest drive
  • post game buffet lunch
  • prize presentation
  • Auction

PLUS THE PUTT FOR CASH IS BACK!!

We also welcome any contribution for prizes from businesses so if you can assist with this also please don’t hesitate to contact Glenn.

http://www.golfdays.com.au/eaglesacademy

Lock it in the Calenders

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Comedy for a Cause

Comedy For A Cause presents a showcase of some of the best comedians from the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival in support of East Coast Eagles AFL.

Date: Saturday 16 June 2018

Doors: 6:30pm
Showtime: 8pm
Conclusion: 10:15pm (approx)

Adults: $50
Students: $40

Ticket price includes food & soft drinks. There will also be cashbar on night.

Tickets are not allocated – so first in, best dressed.

Venue: The Fiddler – Windsor Rd & Commercial Rd, Rouse Hill

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN 15+ EVENT AND MAY CONTAIN SOME LOW LEVEL COARSE LANGUAGE.

Contact Details:

Jon Gawley: jon@eastcoasteagles.com.au/ 0458476094

Mat Wakefield: mat@comedyforacause.net / 0421 244 288

Simply click ‘Add to cart‘ in the event you would like to purchase a ticket to. Then click on ‘cart’ to select the number and type of tickets you would like to purchase.

Ticket Type Price Cart
Student (15+) $40
Add to Cart
Adult General Admission (15+) $50
Add to Cart

Get your tickets now and prepare to laugh your socks off

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ROUND 4: FIXTURES TIME CHANGE

See Below that updated changes to many of the game times for the East Coast Eagles in Round 4.

Fairfax Reserve
11:50 AM Camden Cats East Coast Eagles

 

Men’s Division Two
1:40 PM Camden Cats East Coast Eagles

 

Premier Division Reserves
3:40 PM Camden Cats East Coast Eagles

 

Premier Division
6:10 PM Camden Cats East Coast Eagles

 

Under 19s Division One

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Joker Poker

Week 3
Winning Number 161A
JACKPOT $485

Contact Trevor to claim – Must pick a Card Tuesday
If not Won or Claimed $485 will jackpot to next week

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