Eagles fly too high for Bats to catch

It was moving day in the Sydney AFL this past weekend, as the Round 14 clash between the East Coast Eagles and UTS Bats proved a crucial result seeing the former’s 25 point victory 11.9.75 to 6.14.50 at Trumper Park elevate them to second on the ladder just a month out from finals.

Incredibly, the Eagles hold second place by the slightest of margins, 0.01% greater than the UNSW Bulldogs in 3rd place.

Respect your opponent, respect yourselves.

That was the key message out of Saturdays victory for the Eagles.

No matter the distinct difference in form guides and ladder rankings between the two sides, UTS always seem to unsettle East Coast, to the extent where they control proceedings long enough to seriously worry they’re opponents.

This indeed happened again on Saturday, as UTS controlled the pace of the first three quarters, assuming a 1 point lead at half time and only trailing the Eagles by 2 points at 3-quarter time.

The Bats demanded East Coast’s respect on this day, and the Eagles were certainly willing to comply and contest a grinding battle.

For three quarters, there was absolutely nothing in it.

But, Aussie Rules is a game of 4 quarters.

The Eagles finished this clash with soaking sails, piecing together one of their best quarters of footy for the season, not conceding a goal and kicking 5.

Jamie Vlatko turned back the clock in this one, as the clear best on ground, paving the way for forward entry that inspired a winning score whilst kicking four majors of his own.

On top of Vlatko’s magic, key players Stuart Turner and Kieran Emery were fantastic and among the Eagles’ best players.

Second Place, what an achievement.

From 5th to 2nd in the space of a week.

Its a huge move, and the challenge over the impending wet weather bye week is to stay healthy, focused and motivated, because they musn’t and cannot afford to drop the ball at this stage of the season.


UTS Bats 2.5-17 2.6-18 5.10-40 6.14-50
East Coast Eagles 1.0-6 2.5-17 6.6-42 11.9-75
UTS Bats
Goal Kickers: C. Radford 2, F. Cator 2, T. Larby, N. Daniel
Best Players: N. Daniel, A. Johnson, R. Kirkhope, J. Moyle, A. Tarrant, T. Larby
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: J. Vlatko 4, M. Weekes 2, A. Drinkwater, C. Wilson, R. Haupt, D. Steer, D. Spiteri
Best Players: J. Vlatko, S. Turner, K. Emery, T. Stubbs, A. Drinkwater, B. Clark
2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after Round 14
1 North Shore Bombers 14 12 2 0 1531 839 182.48 48
2 East Coast Eagles 14 9 5 0 975 802 121.57 36
3 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 14 9 5 0 1088 895 121.56 36
4 Sydney University 14 8 6 0 1176 916 128.38 32
5 Manly Warringah Wolves 14 8 6 0 1088 888 122.52 32
6 Pennant Hills Demons 14 8 6 0 1165 1057 110.22 32
7 St George Dragons 14 6 8 0 983 1226 80.18 24
8 Camden Cats 14 5 9 0 1043 1156 90.22 20
9 UTS Bats 14 3 11 0 760 1247 60.95 12
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 14 2 12 0 755 1538 49.09 8

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.


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

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


Gordon-Physick Cup stays at East Coast as the Eagles knock Uni out of the 5

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
Sydney University 3.3-21 3.4-22 4.8-32 5.10-4
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: T. Stubbs 3, M. Weekes 2, D. Steer, B. Clark, J. Vlatko
Best Players: T. Stubbs, K. Emery, R. Haupt, D. Costello, D. Visser, J. Vlatko
Sydney University
Goal Kickers: C. Morgan 2, W. Stratford, M. Krochmal, B. Pilot
Best Players: M. Krochmal, J. Swarts, M. Valastro, M. Nettheim, A. Birman, J. Cole
2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after 10 Rounds.
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
6 Sydney University 10 5 5 0 801 667 120.09 20
7 Camden Cats 10 4 6 0 797 781 102.05 16
8 UTS Bats 10 3 7 0 592 875 67.66 12
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







UPDATE: Comedy Night Lineup Change

Saturday Night’s East Coast Eagles Comedy for a Cause Night @TheFiddler has seen a lineup change

What a night this shapes to be.

The comedians on show will leave you laughing your socks off.
















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Demons Dominate in local derby




That would be the quickest and most painless way to describe the East Coast Eagles’ performance this past Saturday.

Despite a quick start, the East Coast Eagles could not match arch rivals and reigning Premiers Pennant Hills on the weekend, showing very little resistance once the Demons got on top, losing by 72 points, the Eagle’s biggest defeat for the season.

The Demons put their opponents to the absolute sword in the second quarter, kicking 4.7 to nothing, and eventually took a 10 goal lead into the final quarter, before putting the cue in the rack, winning 18.18.126 to 8.6.54.

Billed as a mouthwatering clash between two teams in the top four, who make out the biggest rivalry in the Sydney AFL, this game became a dead rubber by half-time as the Demons clearly wanted the 4 points more than they’re opponents.

They used their size advantage all day, and played much smarter footy through the corridor, making an unwilling Eagles chase easy to kick goals on.

Granted, the Eagles had no bench for the entire final quarter as the Demons ruthless attack on the footy left many Eagles bruised and broken, but this contest was well and truly over by then.

Already without Captain Ben Bourke, former captain Jon Vlatko, key ruckman AB Browning, and gun Full-Forward Mark Weekes on the weekend, East Coast throughout the game lost pacey Connor O’Brien to a concussion, veteran hardman Josh Duncan and utility Zach Johns to shoulder injuries, as well as debutant Andre Sultana to a knee injury.

This soured an already disappointing loss.

Coach Lindsay Scown after the result had a clear message – that his side must bounce back and show some spirit sooner rather than later, because these results cannot become a mainstay.

It is extremely worrying to see the Eagles fold so quickly against their most hated rivals.

It makes you wonder how they will match up against the 9th placed St George this coming weekend.

We had better not see the return of the C word: COMPLACENCY

This is a call for the entire footy club not to let it happen.


 Round 8 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Pennant Hills Demons 5.5-35 9.12-66 13.15-93 18.18-126
East Coast Eagles 4.1-25 4.1-25 5.3-33 8.6-54
Pennant Hills Demons
Goal Kickers: M. Carey 5, C. Lee 2, M. Carroll 2, T. Edmonds, S. Wray, M. Thomas, M. Preen, J. Boag, D. Dell”Aquila, N. Mace, J. Potter, I. Pearson
Best Players: J. Potter, D. Dell”Aquila, S. Wray, M. Carey, T. Angel, R. Ediriwickrama
East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: P. Vlatko 2, D. Costello, R. Haupt, T. Zdrilic, J. Vlatko, K. Merson, T. Stubbs
Best Players: L. Mansour, T. Stubbs, R. Haupt, D. Steer, P. Vlatko, K. Merson
2018 Sydney AFL Premier Division Ladder after 8 Rounds
1 North Shore Bombers 8 8 0 0 903 438 206.16 32
2 Pennant Hills Demons 8 6 2 0 714 560 127.50 24
3 Sydney University 8 5 3 0 711 492 144.51 20
4 UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 8 4 4 0 601 516 116.47 16
5 East Coast Eagles 8 4 4 0 596 523 113.96 16
6 Manly Warringah Wolves 8 4 4 0 602 550 109.45 16
7 Camden Cats 8 3 5 0 651 682 95.45 12
8 UTS Bats 8 3 5 0 491 644 76.24 12
9 St George Dragons 8 2 6 0 452 819 55.19 8
10 Western Suburbs Magpies 8 1 7 0 429 926 46.33 4

Club Champion Night 2018

Save the date East Coast Eagles

The 2018 season at the East Coast Eagles will be celebrated on the 27th of October at our new venue:

ANZ Stadium

Will Stuart Turner go back-to-back?

Does Brandon Clark go from Rising Star to Club Champion in consecutive years?

Which of our great volunteers will take out club awards?

Lock the date in and find out, because its going to be one of the great evenings for the East Coast Eagles

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 where to buy cheap provigil 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
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.


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 purchase provigil from canada 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
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.



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.



 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

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