Magpies Academy becomes the Eagles Academy in 2017

Click on this photo to go to the Eagles Academy website to register or just read all about it.

Click on this photo to go to the Eagles Academy website to register or just read all about it.

Established in 2015 by David Hemmings (Academy Director) and Glenn Mackay (Academy Operations Manager), the Magpies Development Academy was created for players registered with the Kellyville Rouse Hill Magpies. This Academy was designed to provide our players / youth with an opportunity to develop their ability as AFL players.

In 2015 we appointed the East Coast Eagles Head Coach Michael Sankey as the Academy Coaching Director and since his appointment the support from the East Coast Eagles Football Club was phenomenal. Over the course of two years the Magpies Academy had a capacity enrolment with 120 children completing the 10-week program. In 2016 The Magpies Academy achieved its greatest accomplishment performing a five day football tour to Victoria for 100 participants. As part of this tour we successfully raised close to $25,000 towards this AFL experience.

At the conclusion of the 2016 season the Magpies Academy and the East Coast Eagles agreed to provide additional support to develop future football stars for the East Coast Eagles and we have gone through the name change becoming the EAST COAST EAGLES ACADEMY. We are thrilled with this new name change that will allow us additional resources to develop young footballers. We are excited to now offer players from both the Kellyville Rouse Hill Magpies and the Baulkham Hills Hawks the opportunity to be part of the Eagles Academy in 2017.

This Academy is designed to be INCLUSIVE rather than EXCLUSIVE providing all abilities with an opportunity to become better AFL players. If a player is willing to work hard then we will provide them with a constructive setting and access to knowledgeable coaching services. If a child doesn’t have the skills or ability to be selected for the SWANS or GIANTS Academy, then their future development should not be limited. If a player at the Magpies or Hawks loves the game of AFL then we should provide them with as many opportunities as possible.


  • Provide an opportunity for our players to increase their AFL skill set
  • Provide an opportunity which develops a greater club culture
  • Enable players across different age groups to bond
  • Use the Academy to further develop our coaching team
  • Expose our youth to as many AFL experiences as possible
  • Provide our club players with an opportunity to travel as a team and experience playing AFL in WA, SA or Victoria
  • Ultimately this Academy will set a benchmark for Club level AFL in NSW.


We have added a section to this website devoted entirely to the Academy.  You can find it within THE CLUB menu link at the top of each page.


The East Coast ‘Eagals’ win their first game in Women’s Div One

Zoe Watson marks strongly

Congratulations to the East Coast ‘Eagals’ (as they love to call themselves) in winning their first ever game of footy by 33 points against Sydney Uni in Round 1 on April 1st 2017.

Thanks to Andrew McMurtry at the Rouse Hill Courier who went with the following story in Monday’s paper.

You can see the on-line version by clicking here.


The East Coast Eagles women’s side has claimed a 33-point win in its first match in the Sydney AFL division one women’s competition on Saturday.

Playing fellow debutants the Sydney University Bombers, a strong second quarter gave the Eagles a 25-point lead at half-time, eventually running away 7.17 (59) to 4.2 (26) winners.

Inaugural women’s captain Sarah Ford said she was thrilled by the result. “I’m speechless, I just couldn’t be prouder of those girls,” she said.

“I wish we kicked a bit straighter but for some of these girls, they only picked up a ball three weeks ago so we could not be any happier.”

For Ford, who was voted captain by her teammates, said it was a huge honour to lead the team to its first win.

Having been around the club for over a decade supporting her brothers, it was her first regular season game with only five of the Eagles boasting football experience.

“To be able to be a part of it, not just as a supporter but as a player, is just amazing,” she said. 

“There are so many girls in the same situation and they’ve been around for ages and there’s no other club we’d rather play for.”

After the success of the national AFL Women’s competition earlier this year, club president Jon Gawley said an Eagles women’s team had been on the cards for quite some time.

“There has been a growing interest in women’s footy for years,” he said.

“I honestly think it will just grow and grow and it will complement the whole football club as well.

“For the club, it’s the direction the AFL is going and we’re glad to embrace it.”

With the women’s side kicking off the season with a win, it was a mixed weekend across the other grades with a huge 13.19 (97) to 0.1 (1) win over the South West Sydney Magpies in division four, but losses in all three other grades.

The under-19’s side went down 12.15 (87) to 7.7 (49) to Sydney University, Reserve Grade lost 11.10 (76) to 10.7 (67) to the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs and the defending champions in Premier Division were edged out 11.6 (72) to 10.10 (70) also by the Bulldogs.





Eagles Extravaganza is back again for 2017

Click on me to get all the Rules, Payouts, Player groups and other stuff you need to know.

Saturday’s Jumper Presentation Night at the Fiddler on March 25th will see the return of the popular Eagles Extravaganza player auction.

It is unique in Sydney footy and has been a much loved part of the Eagles since the year 2000.

Besides the presentation of players, both male and female this year, we will be announcing the Club captain and the Leadership group.

We will then move into the bidding for Eagles Extravaganza which is totally explained in the document you can open and print off by clicking on the EXTRAVAGANZA sign above.

In it you will find the 19 Player groups, the Payouts based on an assumed pool of $20,000, the Rules and some observations that will help you.

As a matter of interest the highest pool we have had was $37,700 and the winners were pretty happy that season.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fiddler for the time honoured AFL function known as “Jumper Presentation Night”.

Cost is $30 per person for entry which includes food with drinks are at bar prices.

Please RSVP to if you haven’t already done so.


Please note the Player Groups in the attachment were very slightly adjusted on Friday March 24th.

ECE Announcement – Sports Physio Norwest

Sports Physio Norwest
It is with great pleasure the East Coast Eagles announce that their shorts sponsor for 2017 is ‘Sports Physio Norwest’. Nathan Halliday, who is the practice principal and former ECE player, has been involved with our great club for 17 years.

This year, ‘Sports Physio Norwest‘ will be offering gap free physio to all players at ECE. Everyone from Prems, women’s and right through to U19s will be offered this amazing deal.

Simply swipe your health fund card and away you go. There is now no excuse to not get your injuries treated. The terms and protocols will be relayed to all coaches and players from the team at Sports Physio Norwest.

This is also in line with the club upgrading its JLT insurance to the maximum coverage of platinum for all players who are financial with the Football Club.

The board and coaching staff of ECE are incredibly proud and grateful of this opportunity for its players and it will be enforcing that all players of all grades must attend Sports Physio Norwest for their injuries.

We need to support the sponsors who support us.  Sports Physio Norwest has been a long term partner of the Eagles and it is great to have them step up this season, and even more so now that it won’t cost you anything out of pocket.

Andrew will be attending trainings on Tuesdays for a brief look at players, but will not be treating anyone at training.

So, don’t hesitate. Ring and speak to Nathan, Andrew, Luke or Heather on 8824 5389 or check out and get your injuries/niggles sorted asap.

Their address is Ground Floor, 6 Meridian Place, Bella Vista.

Board of Directors announcements at the Eagles

As the 2017 season draws closer, it is appropriate to introduce the new Board of Directors of the East Coast Eagles AFL Football Club Inc.

At the Annual General Meeting on December 14th, Peter Physick retired as the President after a record 15 years at the helm. Peter had taken on the Presidency role in 1996 when the Club played as the Baulkham Hills Falcons in the Sydney AFL.  In the year 2000 the Falcons became the Eagles as the two clubs amicably went their own way in senior and junior football.

In 2008 Peter retired as President, but in mid 2014 circumstances arose which required a replacement Board to be formed.  Peter again stepped up to lead the Eagles back into a profitable trading environment through until December 2016.

The 2017 Board of Directors consists of:

Jon Gawley:

Jon Gawley (l) pictured with retiring President Peter Physick

Jon Gawley, President (l) with retiring President Peter Physick









Paul Eastman:

Paul Eastman - Football Operations

Paul Eastman – Football Operations












Paul Meyer:

Paul Meyer - Facilities Manager

Paul Meyer – Facilities Manager









David Arndt:

David Arndt - Women's Football and Junior Liaison

David Arndt – Women’s Football and Junior Liaison









Bronwyn Bailey:

Bronwyn Bailey - Admin and Player Welfare

Bronwyn Bailey – Admin and Player Welfare












When asked about his feelings on assuming the Presidency, Jon Gawley commented that “I am honoured to be taking over very big shoes to fill and leading this great team and club.

 “I am extremely passionate about driving the success of the club and getting us back to a powerhouse, not only in Premier Division, but all teams down through the divisions.

“Paul Eastman has done a great job with his first year in recruitment. We have lost a few players to other clubs and the NEAFL, but we have a great up and coming list, some old faces back and some key recruits with the likes of Trent Stubbs returning after a one year stint with West Adelaide and former Eagles NEAFL player Mark Weekes signing a two year deal upon his arrival back in Sydney.  Numerous juniors from Kellyville Magpies and Baulkham Hills have been undertaking a strenuous pre- season and no doubt we’ll see some new young bodies pulling on a First Grade jumper this year.

“The season is looking great as the culture continues to be re-built and the addition of the women’s team will also be a highlight as we look to assert ourselves in this division as well.  Off the field the continued support of key sponsors is great which will ensure a balanced budget and the goals of the new Board are fulfilled off the field too.

“Working to ensure the club continues to restore the off field strength and watching the old culture return has been a very gratifying experience.  It’s been very rewarding over the last few years to play a big part in guiding the ship as we dug ourselves out of the financial mess we were in mid 2014.  It was also a privilege to work with the former President for whom I have the utmost respect as a person and as a leader. No doubt I will still seek his advice in the years to come! 

“I’m also excited to be working with a great team of co-directors who I feel will all play a very key part in our club’s success moving forward.” 


Ends release:


Jamie Vlatko to coach the Eagles in 2017

Jamie Vlatko

Jamie sits proudly with the three Premiership Cups he was part of with the Eagles. Photo by Scott Waterhouse

East Coast are proud to announce the appointment of all coaches for season 2017.

Premier Division              Jamie Vlatko

Under 19’s                         Peter van Vliet

Reserve Grade                  Matt O’Connor

Third Grade                       Matty Mack

The two Matthews, O’Connor and Mack have been re-appointed to their 2016 roles, whilst Jamie and Peter are new appointments replacing Michael Sankey and John Hupfeld respectively.

Vlatko progresses to the coaching ranks following a stellar career at the Eagles where he joined his brother Jon in 2010 following 85 SANFL games with Norwood.  At East Coast he is revered as a Triple Premiership player with 113 senior First Grade games, 332 goals and dual Club Champion Trophies in 2011 and 2012.

When asked about his ambitions and goals for season 2017, Jamie responded with “I’m excited to be part of a great group that is bonding closer and closer together every year.  Whilst we will lose players from the Premiership side, we will gain others and I’m really interested in developing and improving players’ on-field performance, which in turn will further build the culture and momentum of the Eagles.”

Pre-season training commences Tuesday November 15th.

Up to Christmas, venues will be:

Tuesdays             6.30pm Kanebridge Oval

Thursdays           6.30pm Charles McLaughlin Reserve (Crestwood Drive; Baulkham Hills)

Notice of 2016 Annual General Meeting

East Coast Eagle ..colour


ABN 13 731 963 684

Wednesday December 14th 2016 at 7.30pm

The Greenway Room – Mean Fiddler Hotel

Cnr Commercial Road and Windsor Road, Rouse Hill: NSW

Notice is hereby given that the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the East Coast Eagles AFL Football Club Inc. will be held at the address above on Wednesday December 14th 2016.

The main purpose of the AGM is to elect nominating Club Members to the positions to be filled on the Club Board and the various committees to be outlined on the night.

  • All positions are declared vacant and elections will be held to form the 2017 Executive Board.
  • All candidates for such election must be financial Club members and must be proposed and seconded by financial Club members.
  • Financial Members can lodge written nominations with the Club seven (7) days prior to the Annual General Meeting and shall be eligible for election to a vacant position. Nominations can also be called from the floor on the night if required.

Details of positions to be filled are as follows:

  • Five Board positions (minimum) comprising:

o   President

o   Vice President / Finance

o   Football Operations

o   Women’s Football

o   Administration

o   Sponsorship / Media / Player Liaison

Four of the current five Directors are standing again for re-election.

The appropriate form to nominate for a position on the Board of Directors is available for download here.

Please complete and e-mail the signed document to

In addition to any other business which may be transacted at the Annual General Meeting, the business of an Annual General Meeting shall be:-

  • To confirm the minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting and of any Extraordinary General Meetings held since that meeting.
  • To receive from the Directors, reports upon the activities of the Club during the preceding financial year.
  • To elect office-bearers of the Club.
  • To receive and consider the statement which is required to be submitted to members pursuant to Section 26(6) of the Association’s Incorporation Act 1984:
  • To receive and accept a copy of the Club’s Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss statement and Auditor’s Report (if applicable) for the preceding financial year.

We look forward to seeing all interested Club Members on December 14th 2016 at the Fiddler to ensure that the 2017 Board is supported by committed and energetic people.

All members who attend and wish to vote must be financial Club Members.

2017 Membership applications will be available on the night, however in the meantime please use the 2016 Membership application by downloading here.

Peter Physick


Kieran Emery is the East Coast Club Champion for 2016

Kizza and Ellen

Kieran and his partner Ellen with the Club Champion hardware. Picture by Scott Waterhouse

Click here to download and read the Eagles 2016 Year Book. 

Click here to view the album of photos for Club Champion Night.    

Champion centre half back Kieran Emery completed a dream season on Saturday night when he won the Peter Physick Medal to be crowned the 2016 East Coast Eagles Club Champion by just one vote from Stu Turner with Andrew McConnell a further two votes behind.

Emery had previously won a Premiership Medal and the Rod Podbury medal for the best player in the Grand Final.  And he was a member of the AFL Sydney Team of the Year.

Ryan Fitton went “Back to Back” by again winning the Billy McLeod Medal as B&F in Reserve Grade. “Fito” only played 10 games in the Division One side as he was often promoted to the Premier Div side due to a lengthening injury list in First Grade throughout the season.

Shaun Suitor was victorious in Third Grade whilst Aidan Chapman was a clear winner in Under 19s.

Other medal winners in all teams are shown in the Year Book.

Premier Division – Page 53

Reserve Grade (Div One) – Page 48

Third Grade (Div 3) – Page 43

Under 19s –Page 39

Club Awards were eagerly anticipated with Paul Meyer being honoured with the President’s Award, the Stewart Family (Tracey, Paul and Tom) with Club Person(s) of the Year, Blake Jones was Clubman of the Year and Bronwyn Bailey, Volunteer of the Year.

Jack Dimery was presented with the Eagles Award for his Phelan Medal win and his Foxtel’s “The Recruit” appearance.

Player Life Memberships were awarded to Rowan Bilkey, Jared Madden and Jared Patira for their service to the East Coast Eagles.

Retiring players Trent Baker, Damien Charleston and Rowan Bilkey were also given moving send offs with individual video tributes to their playing careers with the Eagles.


You can read about all of the above winners, along with reports from all sections of the Club and its administrators in the 2016 East Coast Eagles Year Book now available on-line.

East Coast Eagles win the 2016 Premiership

The Premiers pre-game – (Photos by Michael Vettas/Vettas MEDIA)

Story courtesy Michael Shillito.
Photos from Michael Vettas/Vettas MEDIA.

A marathon season had come down to one last game. The premiership was on the line as East Coast Eagles took on St George Dragons at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday afternoon.

Conditions were perfect. The sun was shining and the ground was in great shape. There was a bit of wind favouring the Eastern Road end, but nothing too serious and it was certainly possible to score at the other end.

The Eagles suffered a shock loss in last year’s decider, but dropping just two games, completing the minor premiership and getting through to the Grand Final only playing one final gave the Eagles favouritism.  But the Dragons had also enjoyed a successful year, finishing in second place and winning two out of three finals to make it through to the big game. There were some heavy knocks in the first quarter. East Coast’s Luke Gemmill found himself with 15 minutes in the sin bin after a yellow card and within moments of his return St George’s Ben Wharton also incurred the wrath of the umpires and found himself banished for 15 minutes after Andrew McConnell was carried off, heavily concussed.

But for much of the opening term, it was a high-scoring shootout. The Dragons scored the first two goals of the game within four minutes and had plenty of the ball during the first term. But some inaccurate finishing would hold them back while the Eagles were making every post a winner when it was their turn to be in attack.

It had been an opening term of frenetic action; big hits, quick ball movement and non-stop activity around the ground. With six goals to four, the Eagles were leading by six points at the first change, but it had been a quarter of see-sawing momentum and the game was still very much in the balance.

In comparison to the first quarter, the second started slowly with the ball travelling around the wings and neither side disturbing the goal umpires for nearly 10 minutes. A few minutes later the Dragons moved the ball forward to the square, where Earl Shaw can’t hold the mark but a good second effort sees him re-gather and snap truly to get the Dragons within a kick.

Dragons’ hopes are raised, but fleetingly as the Eagles would get the centre break and move it forward for Rowan Bilkey to mark and goal. The veteran Eagle, after playing most of his career as a defender, has re-invented himself as a forward this season and again showed his ability to come up with goals when needed.

Jamie Vlatko added to the Eagles’ advantage two minutes later, marking next to the goal square, with a resultant 50 metre penalty eliminating what would have been a tight angle. But the Dragons came up with a reply during time-on, as Nick Ryan snapped a tricky goal from the pocket to reduce the margin to 10 points.

It had been two goals apiece for the second term. The Eagles were holding the lead at the break, but the Dragons were still within striking distance. And if last year’s Grand Final, when the Eagles ran out of legs in the final term, was still haunting the Eagles, they knew they had to build up a buffer in the premiership quarter. Jamie Vlatko on the lead extended the Eagles’ margin in the opening moments of the third term, but the Dragons got it back when Jake Brown was paid a free kick within scoring range. Kicking the goal and signalling to an increasingly vocal group of St George supporters on the hill. Standing with a giant Dragons flag, the St George faithful roared their approval; and as the minutes ticked by with just eight points separating the two sides, the game was delicately poised.

But four minutes of magic from Jamie Vlatko blew the lead out, putting the game beyond the Dragons’ reach. It began with a 50 metre penalty that turned a hard shot into a certainty. A minute later after drawing Dragon defenders, he found an unmarked Damian Charleston. And then from a tight angle near the scoreboard, it was Jamie Vlatko again threading a shot through. The vocal East Coast contingent behind the goals at the railway end were loving it as the lead was suddenly out to 26 points. And nerves in the Eagle camp were steadied.

The Dragons were briefly thrown a lifeline when Paul Sain was paid a free for kicking in danger in the goal-square, but that was cancelled out by a second effort by Rowan Bilkey deep in time-on. 25 points the margin at the last change; and it looked like too much for the Dragons to pull back.

The clouds were gathering, day was turning into night. And the wind was picking up, with the Eagles coming home with it in the final term. There were no shortage of well-wishers around both huddles as coaches Michael Sankey and Terry Mudge pleaded with their charges for one last effort. But the momentum had swung the Eagles’ way. As the final quarter got under way, the Eagles fans on the hill made the decision to change ends, and a procession along the hill took place. They had barely made it to centre wing before their team had extended their lead as Connor Stewart played on to do the honours. There were wild scenes on the hill as the Eagle procession passed the Dragon Army flag, with security having to separate the two groups; but the Eagle fans got to the goals where their team was kicking to.

And as soon as they got there, James Ford soccered a goal through. A minute later Jamie Vlatko kicked his sixth and the Eagle fans were banging their metallic drum in celebration. And when Jack Dimery scored, he came over to the Eagle fans; a gesture to the crowd and sharing the moment with them.

For St George, the dream of a flag was not to be. A kick in the dying moments was a microcosm of their game, as a long bomb landed in the goal square, then sat up and didn’t bounce through for a goal. They had done so much right this year, but weren’t able to finish it off when it mattered. The siren sounded, and all the pressure was released; as the fans raced onto the field to celebrate.

Walking across the ground, the emotion on both sides is plain to see. Pleasure and agony separated by just a few metres. Dragon players slumped to the ground, the empty feeling of having come so close; and unable to muster the energy to stand up. The Dragons will be disappointed. It’s been a long time between flags for them, their last coming in 1994. But they can walk away with pride at what they’ve achieved this year and if the trajectory of improvement can continue in 2017, they will surely be flag contenders.

Just metres away is the pure joy of the Eagles as players embrace. There’s a massive cast with them – coaches, volunteers, players from other grades, past players, families, supporters. They’re all part of it; and a premiership is for the entire club, not just the 22 players on the day.

It was an emotional win for the Eagles. They left their NEAFL existence two years ago in desperate financial straits, and almost went under. Further pain had come in last year’s Grand Final defeat. But their playing group stood by the club in tough times, and with this flag their reward has come. The unfinished business is finally complete. Some may retire, some may move on; but this is a moment they will always have together.

The Eagles had to dig deep to get this win. On the day, they had to battle a rising injury toll, several players struggling to get to the stage to receive their medals. But they got it done; and the watering holes in the Rouse Hill area are sure to be flooded with orders for celebratory beverages. The last 11 years have delivered seven grand final appearances and four premierships; three out of the four years they’ve missed were when their Premier Division team were NEAFL reserves. We’ve been used to seeing the Eagles on the big stage.

Kieran Emery was awarded the Podbury Medal as best on ground, in what must have been a close call ahead of Jamie Vlatko who finished with six goals. The final margin was 41 points, although the run of play was closer than that with the Dragons only having one less scoring shot. It had been a hard-fought and entertaining battle worthy of a Grand Final. But there can only be one winner, and on the day it was East Coast who emerged triumphant.

East Coast Eagles 6.0 8.4 13.4 17.5 (107)
St George 4.6 6.6 8.9 9.12 (66)
East Coast –
Jamie Vlatko 6, R Bilkey 4, J Dimery, D Charleston, B Anderson, E Kruger, J Ford, C Stewart, A Savage
St George – P Sain 2, J Brown, K Merson, D Addison, D Tomlins, E Shaw, N Kenny, N Ryan
East Coast –
K Emery, Jamie Vlatko, R Bilkey, A Drinkwater, J Dimery, D Costello.
St George – E Shaw, R Mercer, A Wynn, D Addison, J Mudge, K Merson.

At Blacktown International Sportspark, Saturday 17th September 2016.